Sports Briefs: Lost Lake Classic this weekend, Sigge's soon 

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This weekend the Whistler Nordics are hosting the Lost Lake Classic, a new event for classic skis taking place in Lost Lake Park. This is an individual start classic race with 7.5km and 15km distances to choose from, with a low entry fee of just $8.

The race starts and finishes at Lost Lake Passive House, and follows Lost Lake Loop, Lower Panorama, Hydro Cut, Old Mill Road, Lost Lake Loop, Cedar Way and Lower Fairways back to the start.

Advance registration is at www.webscorer.com, or you can sign up on the day of the race until 10 a.m. The race gets underway at 11 a.m.

The next big event on the horizon is Sigge's P'ayakentsut, a marathon event at Whistler Olympic Park on Feb. 25.

Organizers are on their way to selling out all 1,000 spots in this race, which includes 50km, 30km and 15km courses, and cash prizes for the top male and female in the 30km and 50km categories.

Early bird registration closes on Feb. 15 and registration, available at www.payak.ca, closes on Feb. 23.

Other events include Rossignol Primes around the course for the fastest racers and over $20,000 in giveaways to volunteers and racers — including seven pairs of Salomon skis, and items donated by Fischer, Swix, IceBreak, ClifBar, Nesters and others.

King of the Rail on Saturday night

The third of four King of the Rail events will take place under the lights this Saturday night, Feb. 11, with another set of challenges at the base of Whistler Mountain for skiers and riders of all ages.

Registration starts at 6 p.m. at Showcase Snowboards, followed by a mandatory rider/skier meeting at 7 p.m. to go over the rules and judging. The contest runs from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and as usual the athletes themselves will pick the winners in each category with pro judges looking on to keep things fair.

The cost is $15 to enter, which includes a chance to win draw prizes from event sponsors.

Helmets are mandatory, mouth guards are recommended, other pads are a good idea, and minors need a waiver signed by a parent or guardian.

club hosts National Gymnastics Week

The Whistler Gymnastics Club will join over 700 clubs across Canada celebrating National Gymnastics Week from Feb. 13 to 19, and hosting several free events over the week to celebrate.

The club got festivities off to an early start last weekend with a mock meet for the 26 competitive gymnasts with the program who will be competing at meets this year. This weekend they'll put their skills to the test at the North Shore Invitational, hosted by Flicka Gymnastics at BCIT.

Some of the other events Whistler Gymnastics has planned for the week include:

• The Gymnastics B.C. "I Love Gymnastics" colouring contest, with contest sheets available at the gym.

• Gymnastics for all contests and Trampoline Guinness Records attempts for class members.

• A "Minute to Win It" sport showdown on Sunday, Feb. 19 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The event is open to community groups. For more information, email coachtami@whistlergymnastics.com.

• Valentine's Day class, open to adults only. This runs from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Feb. 14 and is free to everyone. There are limited spots, so call 604-902-FLIP to book your spot. Bring a date!

• Gym Revolution videos are being entered into a Gymnastics Week YouTube contest. Visit YouTube and cast your vote for the best video.

• There will be a discount for LUNA members at Drop-in Trampoline Thursday and Friday from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m.

For more information visit www.whistlergymnastics.com.

ACL talk to help prevent knee injuries

Tonight (Thursday, Feb. 9) Brennan Park Community Centre is hosting a discussion on preventing anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries, hosted by the Tri-Board Health Care Foundation (Whistler Pemberton and Squamish) in cooperation with the Squamish and Pemberton soccer association and the Whistler Mountain Ski Club. There will be a half hour presentation about ACL injuries, as well as an opportunity to discuss how to prevent this common injury.

Masters swimming back in the pool

Annick Foukal, the head coach of the Whistler Sea Wolves Swim Club, is looking to reinstate the Masters swim program, Starting on Mar. 1.

The swim sessions will be open to anyone 18 and older, and Foukal plans to host two or three sessions per week at Meadow Park.

She needs to know who's interested, and is asking swimmers that would like to be part of the program to email her at agfoukal@gmail.com.

Foukal has 13 years of experience, swimming two years for the Simon Fraser University Clan varsity team at the national level, plus four hears with Team Aquatic Supplies.

Times and other details are still being finalized, but in the past the Masters Swim program has been a popular way for locals to stay in shape, improve their swimming and prepare for events like triathlons and open water swims.

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