Sports Briefs: Segger first in Irish ultramarathon 

Squamish ultra-runner Jen Segger added another title to her growing list this past weekend with a first-place finish at the 100km/50km Causeway Crossing trail run in Ireland.

The race started at Glenarm at 6 a.m. on March 31 with a tough climb from almost sea level to over 550 metres in elevation, dipping down to about 300 metres before winding back up to another peak over 500 metres. That's the toughest climb on the course, which undulates up and down after that point as it passes by the Giants Causeway World Heritage Site.

Segger finished first among women in the event and fourth overall — just three seconds back of third overall with a time of 11 hours, 27 minutes and 11 seconds. The next female runner was in over 45 minutes later.

Of the 27 runners going the full distance, 11 didn't reach the finish.

After the race, Segger headed to Greece for Salomon Advanced Week, a week of trail running hosted by Salomon for its pro athletes. She was back out and running trails in the hot sun within a few days of finishing in Ireland, testing shoes and other gear that will be available next year.

Her next race is the the Sun Mountain 50-Miler in Washington State in May, and she's the race director for the Loop the Lakes run in Squamish on May 27.

BC Bike Race sold out for 2012

Registration into the sixth annual BC Bike Race has closed after the race reached its capacity of 500 participants.

The racers meet in North Vancouver on June 30 this year, then head to Cumberland on Vancouver Island for the first day of racing. Campbell River is Day 2, Powell River is Day 3, Sunshine Coast is Day 4 and 5, Squamish is Day 6 and Whistler is Day 7.

In addition to the cross-country race there will be a total of 15 timed descents this year for the more downhill-oriented riders in the event. Like last year there were both Epic and Challenge categories, with the Epic riders going about 50 to 75 per cent further on most days.

For more, visit www.bcbikerace.com.

Every Woman conference turning nine end of april

This April 27 to 29 marks the ninth running of the Whistler Every Woman in the World Conference, a three-day event packed with workshops, socials, group activities and motivational speakers. Many of the workshops and events promote health and wellness, although others teach financial planning, career planning and more.

A complete schedule and list of programs is at www.everywomanintheworld.com. Some of the workshops on the list include Nordic walking, learning to mountain bike, kayaking, yoga, nia, Boot Camp, Gyrokinesis, hypnotherapy, pelvic floor fitness, Bellyfit, Astrology, various dance classes, martial arts, and more.

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