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Triathletes head to Arizona

Mosquito Lake Run this Sunday

The first local trail run of the season, the fourth annual Mosquito Lake Run in Pemberton, will take place this Sunday, April 9.

The course, which is mostly singletrack, is approximately 10 km in length from start to finish, although there will be a cutoff for walkers and runners who aren’t looking to complete the full distance.

"What’s really nice about the trail is that we’ve marked it really well, because we thought it would be nice for people to discover some trails they wouldn’t go on unless they knew about them," said organizer Jeannett Helmer. "That’s one reason to have it up there. The other is that it’s one of the first areas to lose snow in the spring, it’s on beautiful south facing slopes, and the views are just incredible, it feels like you’re in the Himalayas or something."

Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. and the run gets underway at 10 a.m. The cost is $15, including post-race refreshments, and the proceeds will go to Pemberton Search and Rescue.

To get to the sign-on and start/finish line, head to Mount Currie and take a left on Reid Road. Follow the road to the end, or the area known as Four Corners.

Triathletes head to Arizona Ironman

Whistler’s Paul and Christine Suter are among the 2,000 participants racing in the inaugural Ironman Arizona on April 9, 2006 outside of Tempe, Arizona. Temperatures should be hot for the event, which includes a 3.86 km swim, a 180.2 km bike, and a full 42.2 km marathon.

This will be Paul’s seventh Ironman and Christine’s fifth.

You can follow their progress online at www.ironmanlive.com starting at 5:45 a.m. Pacific Time (6:45 a.m. Arizona time).

Squamish Thunder leads off S2S Trail Running Series

There are now six events on the Sea 2 Sky Trail Running Series calendar, starting with the Squamish Thunder on Sunday, April 16 and wrapping up with the Lumpy’s Epic Run in Pemberton on Oct. 14.

The Thunder is a 16 km run through Alice Lake Provincial Park on a network of gravel paths, soft dirt singletrack, some "tracks from hell" and a short distance on pavement. There is about 300 metres of vertical climbing, which accounts for the "hell" part.

There are two aid stations along the way, at 5 km and 10 km, to help runners get to the end.

The cost is $25 to enter, not including B.C. Athletics Fees, and you can download an entry form at www.s2srun.com . Online registration is also available.

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