Hash Runs return on Tuesday 

The Tuesday night trail running clinics hosted by The Escape Route will be a little different next week with the return of the monthly hash run series on May 26.

A hash run is a kind of race where parties follow markings on the ground to try and find the rabbit (or turtle for the slower runners). Faster runners generally scout ahead for clues on the trail, and signal the party to follow when they found the right route. That allows the slower runners to catch up.

The concept was created by British ex-patriots to mimic rabbit or fox hunts, but with the chasers on foot instead of horseback and fast runners eluding capture in the woods instead of rabbits of foxes.

The cost is $5 to participate, meeting at Escape Route at 5:45 p.m. for a six o'clock start. The run should take up to an hour.

Escape Route hosts the running clinics every Tuesday at 6 p.m. for all levels, except for the last Tuesday which will be for hash runs.

Second WORCA trail day on Saturday

The Whistler Off Road Cycling Association is hosting its second trail sweep day this Saturday, May 23, with volunteers walking the trails to perform some basic spring maintenance and alert WORCA about any major issues.

To take part in the sweep meet at the Riverside Café at 8 a.m. to learn your assignment for the morning. Volunteers usually spend two to three hours in the field, rain or shine, and should dress appropriately for the weather. Bring shears, clippers, portable saws, and gloves, and also some water and a snack.

At the end of the day the leader of each group is expected to e-mail a report to WORCA on the website, www.worca.com, for their inventory.

If you can spare a few hours for the trails please e-mail info@worca.com so they'll know how many breakfasts to serve to trail volunteers.

Still time to register for Every Woman

With more than 75 programs and workshops to choose from, the sixth annual Every Woman in the World conference is bigger than ever, but there is still some room for locals to participate.

Up to $100 in discounts are available for locals who type in the code WLOCAL and PIQUE while registering, and register with a group of three or more. For more information visit www.everywoman.ca.

The event is produced by sisters Kerry Carlson and Lynn Kanuka - the former a gymnast who competed at the national level and the latter a bronze medal sprinter from the 1984 Olympic Games. They created the conference to promote fitness and well-being among women in a friendly, safe atmosphere, adding workshops on life skills like time management and managing finances. A complete list of workshops is available on the website.

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