June 4th I found myself in Whistler with my running pal Peter. We had decided to run this half marathon several months back without much thought put into the decision, it just sounded like fun at the time.
|Peter and I at about mile 9|
As it turns out the Whistler Half Marathon is very beautiful, the course is lined with all sorts of multi million dollar homes that you get to gawk at when you are running by with sneak peaks of a lake here and there and of course a few snow capped mountains. But, the race is anything but flat!! You just go up and up and up! Eventually towards the back half of the race the course did level out but EEPS!
The only negative about the race were the sections of the course that you have to cross through the people ahead of you who had already turned around. There were 4/5 spots like this on the course. Other than that, it was a very well put together race with an incredible finish area right at the Olympic rings! With tons of food and really great swag for the race perks. I highly recommend this race but maybe not as a beginner run with all of the hills.
On Sunday before heading back to Seattle Anne and I decided to get a small hike in at Cheakamus Lake, extremely easy hike (I just wanted to run the whole thing, perfect for trail running) with some of the best views I have ever seen. I didn't want to leave I fell so in love with this place.
This hike is a must see if you are in the Whistler area, it is great for families, dogs, etc! Take your packs and spend a night or two beside the lake just soaking it all in.
Keep on Running!