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Gearjammer registration open

The July 15 Squamish GearJammer mountain bike race is now open for registration at www.gearjammer.ca.

The event takes place on 47 km of trails in the Squamish area, starting at Alice Lake Provincial Park and finishing near downtown Squamish. About 70 per cent of the trail falls on singletrack, and the fastest riders take about two and a half hours to finish. The average rider will take between four and five hours to finish.

This is the fifth year for the race, and it has an entry limit of 500 racers. The cost is $55 to take part, including insurance. All riders have to be at least 14 years old.

The course description and map is still being finalized, and will be posted on the website in the near future. Due to development in the Crumpit Woods area and other issues the course will follow a different route than past years.

This year the GearJammer is part of the annual “Hell of a Series” marathon mountain bike race series, including the Brodie Rat Race in Roberts Creek and the Test of Metal. For more information visit www.hellofaseries.ca.

 

Tae kwon do coach inducted into Hall of Fame

Before she started teaching Tae kwon do locally, Whistler’s Dawn Lefebvre was one of the top competitors in Canada. A 6 th Dan Black Belt, Lefebvre is a former Canadian champion, a bronze medalist from the Pan-American Games, and a regular participant in international competitions. She was only the second woman in Canada to receive the rank of 6 th Dan Black Belt, and has been running the Whistler Tae Kwon Do Club since 1987.

Now she is being honoured by the newly established Taekowndo Hall of Fame as one of only three Canadians to be chosen in the first induction ceremony on April 6.

The Hall of Fame is a global entity, recognizing Masters throughout Europe and Asia as well as North America.

“I’m quite honoured,” said Lefebvre. “It’s quite huge, because it’s the first induction ceremony ever, and I’ll be standing alongside some Masters who have made huge contributions to the sport, and won Olympic medals.”

The list of inductees includes Masters from the U.S., Korea, Netherlands, Egypt, Germany, Spain, Mexico, Nepal, Ireland, Malaysia and Singapore.

Lefebvre has already bought her plane ticket to the event, which is taking place in New Jersey, just over the bridge from New York City.

 

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