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Letter to the Editor: Boogie-ing out of COVID-19

The Rotary Club of Whistler Millennium's trail race raised almost $5,000 in 2021
Brandywine Boogie
Racers hit the trail at the start of the sixth annual Brandywine Boogie on Saturday, Sept. 18.

On Sept. 18, the mountain weather didn’t put off runners, walkers, supporters and volunteers for one of the first fun runs allowed since COVID-19 rules came into place.

With over 100 registrations and 71 participants we had a great morning.

The Rotary Club of Whistler Millennium and the Brandywine Boogie Committee would love to recognize and thank the magic sauce that keeps events like these happening and fun—our volunteers!

A few special mentions—without you, the event would not have been as smooth: John Leslie—for his enthusiasm to warm up the crowd with stretches and star jumps and being photographer on trail; Lorraine Volmer and Sally Warner for saying “yes” to anything, early morning starts and setting up tents, cutting oranges, bananas and cake; Lizi McLoughlin and Chris Wilkinson from Zero Ceiling; Cathy Jewett for on-course First Aid and sweep and for safety plan governance; Boyd McTavish for finish-line first aid; and Chris Quinlan, our wonderful MC (Thanks for stepping up at the 11th hour and doing a stellar job behind the mic. That gab is truly a gift!).

Glen from Cutting Edge Designs helped us navigate the trail and the campgrounds with his wonderful signs, kindly donated each year.

A wonderful volunteer and friend-of- Rotary, Ned from Surrey, and local Jack Carlson also deserve a shout-out. Ned has come up for all six years, laid and cleared the trail in sun, wind and rain. Both gents are our go-tos for when you need a hammer, drill, truck, knife or a cup of hot chocolate.

Thanks to Tracy and her team at Helly Hansen. Your support over the last six years has been amazing.

Back in Action, Lululemon, generous prizes from the Listel, Fairmont Golf, Whistler Creekside Athletic Club, Blackcomb Liquor, Lululemon, Whistler Sailing Club and Crabapple Restaurant are also appreciated.

We raised almost $5,000 this year and your ongoing support for this fundraiser goes to Zero Ceiling, WORCA and Rotary Youth Exchange.

Shannon Kirkwood
Rotary Club of Whistler Millennium / Brandywine Boogie Committee