Miller wins UCI World Championships 

Sports briefs: Terry Fox Run coming this weekend

click to enlarge FILE PHOTO BY DAN FALLOON - QUEEN OF THE HILL Miranda Miller, shown here during the Canadian Open Enduro last month, won the UCI DH World Championships in Australia on Sept. 10.
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  • QUEEN OF THE HILL Miranda Miller, shown here during the Canadian Open Enduro last month, won the UCI DH World Championships in Australia on Sept. 10.

Miranda Miller is on top of the world down under.

The Squamish downhiller captured the UCI World Championships elite women's race in Cairns, Australia on Sept. 10.

Miller bested France's Myriam Nicole by 0.097 seconds and Australian Tracey Hannah by 1.985 seconds to earn the win.

The win was Canada's first elite women's downhill title in 27 years, when Cindy Devine won in the event's first year.

"It's pretty crazy," Miller told CBC. "I don't think it has sunk in yet. I feel like I had some luck on my side, but I'll take it. It's pretty cool. I'm sure in a couple days it will feel a bit different."

On the men's side, France's Loic Bruni bested Australian Michael Hannah by 0.339 seconds and American Aaron Gwin by 1.967 seconds to earn the win.

Whistler's Finn Iles, with the junior men's World Cup title long since secured, went down twice in his run to ultimately place 10th in his final race before making the jump to the elite ranks.

"I had the speed all weekend but I threw it away with a crash on the easiest section of the track. Really disappointed to end my junior career with a race like this. Already have my eyes on next season," he posted to his Instagram account.

Great Britain's Matt Walker cruised to the win, beating countryman Joe Breeden and Germany's Max Hartenstern by over three seconds to win the title.

Terry Fox Run coming Sunday

The Four Seasons Resort Whistler will host the 2017 Terry Fox Run this Sunday, Sept. 17.Registration begins at 10 a.m. in the hotel's courtyard while the event begins at 11 a.m. with a stretch.

Participants can sign up for the two-kilometre, five-km or 10-km distances, and can be on rollerblades or bikes as well as on foot. Dogs on a leash are also welcome.

The run is held annually in over 9,000 communities to support the Terry Fox Foundation, which seeks to raise money for cancer research.

For more information, visit www.terryfox.org.

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