The last time I spent “quality time” in Squamish my mother-in-law screamed at me.
OK, to be precise, and just between you and I of course, she swore like a freakin’ rapper.
Technically this writer maybe deserved it, because knowing she was afraid of heights I coaxed her up the Sea to Sky Gondola, promising she’d enjoy the so-called summit’s Adventure By Nature.
Then, while crossing the 100-metre long Sky Pilot Suspension Bridge, I jumped a few times (my bad) and turned around to take a less-than-flattering picture of her coming unglued and flipping the bird. That photo remains my get-of-jail-free card in the family blackmail game!
Speaking of Howe Sound travels, I’ll be back in Squamish next month for the 60th Loggers Sports Festival and, more precisely, the annual 8K run.
The Squamish Days 8K Run, the eighth stop in the 2017 Lifestages Lower Mainland Road Race Series, is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 6. There is also a Flashback Mile at the same time.
Tim Moore, who replaced Alma Lewis as race director last year after she aced the job for nearly two decades, is back for his second year in charge of the flat, out-and-back paved course that starts and finishes at Howe Sound Secondary School.
Olympian Natasha Wodak won the women’s 8K last year in 25:58, 30 seconds behind overall winner Tristan Simpson of Richmond.
Wodak just won the women’s division in the Summerfast 10K, held July 15 in Vancouver. She ran a 32:52 on the Stanley Park course.
Other events happening in Squamish on race day include a loggers’ pancake breakfast, festival parade, loggers’ sports show and Rotary beef barbecue! For more info and to register, click HERE.
• And speaking of Squamish, Race No. 4 in the MEC Lower Mainland Trail series, known as The Smoke Bluffs, goes Saturday, July 29.
The event, held at Rose Park, features a 10K (9 a.m.) and 5K (9:20 a.m.). For more info, and to enter, click HERE.
CYCLING SAYER A 100K SLAYER
Sandra Jongs Sayer, who after a successful debut this year as Sun Run coordinator/leader/coach in Langley, has done a number of runs since crushing April’s annual 10K in Vancouver.
But on Sunday she parked her runners and hauled out her sleek Trek bike for a 100K joyride in the annual Prospera Valley GranFondo. More than 1,500 riders tackled three distances — 100 miles, 100K and 50K.
• FOR A FUN MUSICAL PHOTO RECAP, click HERE
Because she got up at ungodly hours this summer to either run with or cheer yours truly on, figured I’d return the favour by showing up in Fort Langley at 6:30 a.m. where she was saluting the final day of the Tour de France by taking the Tour de Bradner, Aldergrove, Abbotsford and Langley (a.k.a. the Heart of the Fraser Valley)!
The impressive bikes, not the basic two-wheeler your grandparents used to pedal, attracted a lot of onlookers. Some bikes are so sophisticated they look like they should ride themselves.
To do all this, I had to skip the Jog For The Bog and Bare Buns 5K runs at Delta and Wreck Beach, respectively. Still don’t know how you attach the bibs in the latter event — and pretty sure I don’t want to find out!
CLASSY KAMLOOPS RUNNERS HELP FIRE EVACUEES
Acting Kamloops Mayor Arjun Singh, a friend, burger lover and former newspaper columnist in the Tournament Capital, has had a lot of face time on TV recently due to the wildfire crisis in B.C.
Singh, a good dude who became hooked on the social aspect of running, often tweets out fun photos of his running mates as they conquer challenges in B.C.’s Interior.
His Worship was looking forward to being at the Sport Chek Kamloops Marathon this past weekend, but because of the wildfires, poor air quality and his community’s urgent role in looking after evacuees the popular event was cancelled.
But a few neat things happened after that event was scratched: many runners, instead of requesting a race refund, donated their registration fees toward United for B.C. Wildfire Recovery, and the traditional pancake breakfast for runners was still held, but the food went to the evacuees instead.
Well played Kamloops, well played!
RICHMOND SENIORS KEEP IT REAL, FUN
One of the regular highlights being on John Young’s mailing list is receiving his Forever Young Gang newsletter.
Not only does it keep you up-to-speed on the Richmond-based club’s challenges and triumphs, but it provides some insight to seniors’ issues and humour for their over-60 membership.
Besides plugging their third annual Forever Young 8K, which is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 10, starting this year at the Richmond Olympic Oval (click HERE for info and to enter), this month’s newsletter also featured a BEN cartoon about song playlists for senior runners. Take a look above!
CUNNINGHAM LOGO A HUGE HIT
The 47th James Cunningham Seawall Race, set for Saturday, Oct. 21 at Stanley Park, has a new logo and early indications are that it’s a huge hit.
The oldest Vancouver road race, a 9.5K flat and fast affair, is named in honour of James Cunningham, a stonemason who directed work on the seawall but didn’t live to see its completion in 1971.
Vancouver’s Baxter Bayer will be this year’s race director and promises a number of exciting projects to recognize the popular October race fixture, that was started and kept going by the Lions Gate Road Runners.
For more information and to enter the Cunningham race, click HERE.
Gotta run …