By Andrew Mitchell
If your New Year’s resolution was to get healthy and active this year, this weekend is a good opportunity to put that resolution to the test.
On Saturday, May 26 the Whistler Triathlon Club is hosting a pair of beginner triathlons, the Whistler Try a Tri for adults and Kids of Steel triathlon for kids.
The event starts and finishes at Meadow Park Sports Centre, and the swim leg takes place in the swimming pool.
Kids of Steel Triathlon participants are divided into three age groups: kids aged 8-11 swim 100 metres, bike 4.5 km, and run 1.5 km; kids 12-13 swim 300 metres, bike 10 km and run 3 km; kids 14 and Over swim 500 metres, bike 14 km and run 4 km.
The race starts at 7:45 a.m. and most kids should finish before the start of the Try a Tri race.
The entry level adult Try a Tri is open to anyone 19 years and older, and includes a 300 metre swim, a 14 km bike, and a 4 km run.
“This is a real bite-size version of the real thing, and it’s totally doable for anyone who can swim a little, bike and run,” said organizer Marie-Anne Prevost. “Most people who are already active could do it without a lot of preparation. We want to inspire them to be more active and realize that it’s not impossible.”
Registration is available online at www.whistlertriclub.ca until end of day Thursday, and in person at Snow Covers on Main Street from noon to 6 p.m. on Friday. The cost is $60 for adults, which includes TriBC insurance, snacks, and a technical shirt if supplies last. For kids the price is $40.
More volunteers are needed to help out, especially with the Kids of Steel race where there are different lengths of cycling and running legs. If you can spare a few hours on Saturday, contact firstname.lastname@example.org .
The 16 th annual Whistler Valley Trail Run takes place the following day, Sunday, May 27. There are both 5 km and 10 km run and walk courses that start and finish at Rebagliati Park, and follow a mix of doubletrack gravel trails through Lost Lake Park.
The run gets underway at 9 a.m., followed by the annual Teddy Bear Trot at 10:30 a.m. for kids 10 and under. The awards are at 11 a.m. at the Dubh Linn Gate.
Registration is available online at www.whistlervalleytrailrun.ca , and day of race registration is available from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. on Sunday at the Hilton Whistler Resort and Spa. Race package pickup is at the same location.
Parents with kids 3 to 8 can get free babysitting at the Hilton Whistler Resort, courtesy of the Resort Municipality of Whistler, by pre-registering online.
The cost of taking part is $30 for individuals and $45 for families (one adult and children).
Organizers of the run are also looking for volunteers to donate a few hours. If you can help, visit the website and click on the link for Volunteers.