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Running club hosts biggest hash yet

Running club hosts biggest hash yet

The Whistler Running Experience is hosting its biggest ever hash-harrier run on Tuesday, July 25 with members of the Vancouver Hash House Harriers coming up to Whistler to take part in what has become a monthly tradition over the past two years.

The course will wind through Lost Lake Park. "It won’t be the longest trail, but it will have a lot of twists and turns and should be pretty fun," said organizer Duncan Munro.

To take part, meet at Escape Route in Whistler Marketplace at 6 p.m. The race should take around an hour, and will be followed by an after party. The cost is $5 to take part, and draw prizes include heart rate monitors from High Gear and items from Escape Route.

Munro says the race has attracted up to 40 runners, and he’s hoping for a strong turnout of locals to show the Vancouver group "that we can hash with the best of them."

If you’ve never partaken, the hash harrier run is a tradition started by British colonists that combines drinking and running. The group starts on a preset course, following marks on the ground. At some points there will be marks to indicate a dead end, and runners will have to search in all directions to find the trail again.

Because the fastest runners are up front and do most of the searching, the slowest runners are often able to keep up with the lead group. There are usually refreshments at the finish area, which can be anywhere.

Local runners top Squamish Thunder

It was better late than never for the Squamish Thunder 10 Mile (16 km) trail run, which took place on Saturday, July 15. The event was originally scheduled for April, but was bumped back more than two months because of snow on the upper sections of the trail.

Despite the rescheduling the event, held on trails around Alice Lake, still attracted 95 runners.

The top overall time belonged to Ryan Bremner, who finished in 1:01:15. Mt. Currie’s Sean Wolfe was second in 1:04:25, as well as the top Master Over 40 racer.

Whistler’s Kristina Rody was the top female, finishing fourth overall in 1:04:43.

Scott Pass was 13 th overall and fourth in the Master category in 1:11:21.

The Squamish Thunder is part of the Sea to Sky Trail Running Series, which included the Comfortably Numb Trail Run on June 25. The next event is the 67 km STORMY, which racers can complete as solos or as members of relay teams. Other events include the Loop the Lakes eight and 15 km runs on Sept. 10, the 25 km Rubble Creek Run on Sept. 24 and Lumpy’s Epic 12 km run in Pemberton on Oct. 14.

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