UBC Head Coast Scouting at Whistler Spirit Run

Head Coaches Chris Dalhuisen and Marek Jedrzejek from the UBC running team didn’t bring their top team, but did bring their top 10 most promising and developing athletes to this year’s Whistler Spirit Run. Four women, six men, they’re all participating in the University/Open Men and Women’s 5k run.

Marek is also here scouting the high school races and in fact, he’s already spoken to Lawrence Mo, first place winner of the grade 9 to 12 boys 5k run. Mo has expressed interest in joining UBC’s running team!

By |September 25th, 2010|News|0 Comments

Two Time Olympian at Whistler Spirit Run

By Lesley Chang Thelma Wright is a two time Olympian who ran for the Canadian women’s team in the 1500 meter category in 1972 and 1976. Today, she volunteers for the Whistler Spirit Run handing out awards to aspiring young athletes. At the youthful 59, she also participated in the Masters men and women’s 5k, finishing in the top ten. As a national endurance coach to Canadian athletes, Wright works directly with trainers and coaches of the country’s most promising long […]

By |September 25th, 2010|News|0 Comments

Trinity Western Spartans Light Up the Trail

By Lesley Chang

Led by coach Sue Northey, Trinity Western’s newly formed running team has already begun to shine. This is a new group and it’s also their first time competing together as a team 21 strong at the Whistler Spirit Run, and Coach Northey couldn’t be happier with the results.

“I’m very proud of our new team and we’re looking forward to developing our core group as our runners progress and develop,” she said of her team. “With a wide range of […]

By |September 25th, 2010|News, The Runners Blog|0 Comments

Important change to the Lower Mainland Cross Country Series

Important change to the Lower Mainland Cross Country Series
South Fraser Cross Country Meet at Bear Creek Park on Sep 25 cancelled.
Whistler Spirit Run steps in to take its place in the 2010 Lower Mainland Cross Country Series.

The Whistler Spirit Run & Festival, presented by PI Financial, is a two day cross-country and trail running event that takes place at Whistler Olympic Park on September 25 and 26, and features something for everyone. The Whistler Spirit Run is the realization of Frank Reynolds’ vision to provide a world-class running event in […]

By |September 16th, 2010|News|0 Comments

9 Year Old Runner Beats Out Other Runners

By Lesley Chang

Joe Davies ran yesterday in the 2k but today, he ran the 5k and came in third, beating out many of the other runners. The best part? He’s only 9 years old. He participated last year and his mother, Gwendolyn Kennedy realized just how spirited a runner he was.

“The Whistler Olympic Park is a great location for runners,” says his mother, Gwendolyn. As for Joe? He’s already looking forward to running next year and winning the race.

Congratulations, Joe! We […]

By |September 10th, 2010|News|0 Comments

Promoting the Love of Running

BY STEVE MATTINA, SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Cross-country running is what I consider running in its raw form. The introduction to it is usually at a young age through our participation in school events. What’s unique is that the appeal is not on personal placement but more so on participation, or rather a team feel, since most times the weight rides more on the fifth or sixth placing runner rather than the top few because it’s a combined score that determines the winning team.

I was lucky in my school years because […]

By |August 30th, 2010|The Runners Blog|0 Comments

Region Offers Inner Happiness in the Great Outdoors

Many in the community are adventurers who love an active lifestyle surrounded by natural beauty

By Kristin Seller, Special To The Vancouver Sun

Every Monday until the third Whistler Spirit Run takes place Sept. 25 and 26, read columns written by guest writers.

Many of Whistler’s residents are outdoor enthusiasts who came just for a visit, decided that wasn’t enough and then launched heart-first into a love affair with the Sea to Sky region.

With unique, breathtaking panoramas visible from trails, lakeside parks and village pathways, it’s impossible to ignore Whistler’s allure on the […]

By |August 24th, 2010|The Runners Blog|0 Comments

PI Financial Corp Renew Support For Whistler Spirit Run

VANCOUVER, BC – PI Financial Corp. (“PI”) announced today that it has renewed its support for the Whistler Spirit Run & Festival which will take place September 25 and 26 at Whistler Olympic Park. PI will again act as the presenting sponsor for this exciting event. Building upon the successful events in 2008 and 2009, the September events will consist of two days of running with races for all ages and abilities. Saturday will feature a cross-country festival designed for school and club teams as well as competitive runners. Sunday […]

By |August 16th, 2010|News|0 Comments

Whistler Isn’t Just For Winter Activities

Spirit Run is the first non-winter sporting event to be held at Whistler Olympic Park

By Keith Bennet

Every Monday until the third Whistler Spirit Run takes place on Sept. 25 and 26, read columns written by guest writers from the world of sport.

As the sun rises just above the treetops in the Callaghan Valley, a flurry of activity begins. Dedicated volunteers move quickly to complete the setup for the third annual Whistler Spirit Run. Trails are being marked, tents are being erected and the finish line clock is being set.

This event […]

By |August 16th, 2010|The Runners Blog|0 Comments

Range of Running Courses Keeps Sport Interesting

Vancouver area has a wealth of options

By Maurice Wilson, Special to the Vancouver Sun September 21, 2009

There are many types of cross-country runs, but what they all have in common is that they take advantage of the natural landscape to create an interesting and challenging race for runners of all abilities.

Traditional cross-country is run primarily on grass in parks or across open countryside, involving multiple laps of a relatively short distance. The multi-lap format makes such events spectator- and children-friendly.

Whether it is a big mud puddle, a stretch of sandy […]

By |September 23rd, 2009|The Runners Blog|0 Comments