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Betty vs. Veronica this weekend

The women's only Betty vs. Veronica ride takes place this Saturday, Aug. 27 with a sold-out field of 200 riders taking on a two-part challenge for a good cause. The first part of the race is a timed descent on Crank It Up in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, with riders leaving every 30 seconds. Sign-on is from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on the Garbanzo Bike and Bean patio, with the racing getting underway at 10:30 a.m. sharp.

The next part of the event is a 15km ride on Whistler's West Side trails, including a few tough trails like 99er and Mid Danimal. Sign-on is at the Whistler Cemetery entrance on Alta Lake Road from 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m., followed by the start.

Proceeds from the event will raise money towards a Whistler Women's Shelter that is currently in the works. As well, there will be an aprés party and dinner gala at the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Center from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. featuring a silent auction with over $12,000 in donated items and live entertainment. There will be an aprés-aprés party at Merlin's following that event.


Still time to register or donate to Great Canadian Run

The Sears Great Canadian Run: The Relay to End Kids Cancer is hosting a Squamish to Whistler relay this Saturday, Aug. 27, inviting solo runners and teams up to 20 members to take part.

The total distance is 80 km, although a shorter and easier 70 km route is available. Relay handoffs range from five to 14 km. Most of the event will follow the Sea to Sky Trail, which is almost complete between Whistler and Squamish.

This is the first time that the event has been held here, although similar runs are held in Toronto and Ottawa. The Whistler run will go to support oncology initiatives at the B.C. Children's Hospital.

Whistler's Ashley McMillan is one of two runners doing the full distance solo. To make a donation to his page at

For more information and to make a donation to other runners taking part, visit


Vans Community Skate Jam on Sunday

The third of three Vans Community Skate Jams presented by Showcase was cancelled by rain, but the make-up event is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 31, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The event is free to enter with $500 in cash and $1,000 in prizes up for grabs. Skaters that lay down the best trick in each session will win the cash, with three sessions taking place over the afternoon on different skatepark features. As well, there will be a separate category for riders aged 12 and under.

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