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Kayak Club looking for members

The Whistler Kayak Club, based at Captain Holiday’s facility in Wayside Park on Alta Lake, is looking for new members to participate in its adult drop-in sessions every Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Beginners and experienced kayakers are welcome to join for $30 a year plus a $5 drop-in fee.

For beginners, that fee includes the use of Captain Holiday’s equipment and some instruction, providing you stay in Alta Lake. More experienced kayakers will head to different local boating spots, and divide into groups based on ability to tackle different parts of the river.

"There are a lot of people in Whistler who know how to kayak, they have some of the equipment, they just don’t know a lot of people yet. This gives those people a chance to network, try out a few new runs, work on their skills, that kind of thing," explains Don Butler of Captain Holiday’s.

"Then there are people who want to learn, and what we want to do is set them up on Alta Lake with boats, and let them learn to paddle there. We hope to have someone there who can teach people a few of the skills they’ll need to get out there on the rivers."

In addition to giving experienced kayakers a venue to meet other kayakers and bring new people to the sport, Butler says it is also his goal to boost numbers in the Whitewater Kayaking Association of B.C., which is included in a Whistler Kayak Club membership.

"We’ve been up against it a lot lately, what the parks are going to do (about access), the run-of-river hydroelectric issue…. The more members we get, the greater numbers we have on our side," says Butler.

Call 604-905-2925 or write info@kayakwhistler.com for more details.

Spaces still available for Dirt Series camps

Spots are going fast but there were still a few spaces available for the Sugoi Dirt Series Camp hosted by SnowCovers in Whistler from July 24-25. Another camp, sponsored by Garbanzo Bike and Bean, will take place Sept. 18-19.

The camps were created in 2000 as part of a provincial initiative to introduce more people to mountain biking, and have since expanded into Alberta and the U.S. Local sponsors help to keep the costs down for participants.

The cost is $195 for two days, which includes skills sessions, instructional rides, instruction on bike fitting and maintenance, lunches, and apres snacks at the hosts’ shop.

Men and women of all ages and abilities are invited to participate in the camps. The coaches are all certified, and many are veterans of the World Cup and national competitive circuit. The ratio is one coach for every six campers.

For more information or online registration visit the Web site at www.dirtseries.com.

EVENTS

What: Five Peaks Trail Running Series

Where: Whistler Mountain

When: Saturday, July 17

The third of five peaks in the Nike ACG Five Peaks Trail Running Series is taking place in Whistler once again, and it’s a repeat of the challenging first year course. There is a 5 km run for beginners and newcomers to trail runnings, and a longer 10 km-plus race from the base of Whistler to the Roundhouse for everyone else. This is a qualifier for the World Mountain Running Championships, and this year’s championship course also goes straight up. You can register online at www.5peaks.com or locally at the Nike Store / Mountain Adventure Centre in the Pan Pacific Lodge.

What: Alpenglow Tournament

Where: Myrtle Philip lower fields

When: Saturday and Sunday, July 17-18

The Whistler Frostbite ultimate team is hosting a co-ed tournament in Whistler this weekend with games on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to approximately 5 p.m. Up to eight teams are expected to take part with some of the top players in the province.

What: Loonie Race

Where: Trails TBA.

When: Thursday, July 22 . Sign-in at 5:30 p.m., race starts at 6:30 p.m.

This event is sponsored by Meadow Park Sports Centre and Whistler Fire Services. More information will be available on the WORCA Web site at www.worca.com or by calling the WORCA Hotline at 604-938-9893.

What: CrankWorx Freeride Mountain Bike Festival

When: Thursday, July 22 to Sunday, July 25

Where: Whistler Village, bike park

The CrankWorx Freeride Mountain Bike Festival features five freeride competitions, demonstrations of trials biking and North Shore riding, live concerts, and more. The complete schedule is available on the Web site at www.crankworx.com. Spaces are still available in most events.

ACTIVITIES

What: Willies Ride

Where: Meet at Wild Willies store at Nesters

When: Mondays at 6:30 p.m.

Join the Wild Willies crew for Monday night rides – not races – on some of Whistler’s best singletrack trails. Groups will be broken up according to their riding ability and guided by local mountain bikers.

What: Rugby

Where: Whistler Secondary School field

When: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m.

Join the Whistler Hoary Marmots RFC throughout the summer as they train twice a week, no experience necessary, men and women welcome. It’s a great way to get in shape for casual players, and there will be opportunities to play in exhibition matches and tournaments throughout the season.

What: Ultimate

Where: Myrtle Philip school fields

When: Wednesday at 6 p.m.

The Ultimate season is underway and local teams are looking for new players. Experience is helpful, but not a requirement. Bring some turf cleats and both a light and dark T-shirt to the game. Contact Tasso Lazaridis at 604-902-DISC (3472) for more information.

What: Trail Running

Where: Meet at Escape Route

When: Tuesdays at 6 p.m.

Join Whistler Running Experience for a group run around local trails. No experience is necessary as groups will be broken into beginner, intermediate and advanced runners.




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