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welcome We run. We run for selfish reasons. We run to feel good. To get fit. We run to socialize. We run to have introspective moments. Running enables us to see new places and explore sights, sounds, and seasons. We run to leave all the chaos of our everyday challenges behind. Running provides us with achievements in speed and distance. We also run for selfless reasons. We run to raise awareness of great causes. We run to raise funds. Running creates community. This event is about community. It's about bringing runners together. Uniting the running community and local community, this race raises funds and awareness for a great cause, the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada. As runners, we realize that race day is a magic moment. It's a single day where all of the benefits of running join together to make something memorable. Race day validates that the sum is much greater than the parts. The magic of this event is evident in the swelling numbers, the mad dash to register on time, and the addition of the 10 km course this year. This demand is a testament to the Whistler community's embrace of this event, the tireless work of the event organizers and volunteers, and the passion of the runners who keep returning year after year. So whether you walk the course, aim for a podium finish, target a PR, or just look to cross the finish line, on behalf of The North Face, I welcome you and thank you for being a part of this magic. We run together.

Corey Stecker, The North Face (Canada)

On behalf of the Board of Directors and Organizing Committee for The North Face Whistler Half Marathon, we welcome you to Canada’s hottest half marathon and to the Coast Mountains of British Columbia. I look forward to seeing you at the start (and finish) line on race day.

Dave Clark, Race Director

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package pick up I parking I carbo load dinner Race package pick takes place on Thursday, May 30 from 5 to 9 pm and on Friday, May 31 from noon to 10 pm. Located at our host hotel, the Crystal Lodge and Suites, Suites package pick up is required by all athletes as this is when you receive your timing chip and race number, in addition to a The North Face tech tee, water bottle and other race goodies. Race Packages cannot be mailed out prior to race day. When you pick up your race pack, take some time to wander through The Partner Showcase (May 31 noon to 6pm) to see some of the latest gear and products from our partners and other exhibitors. Photo identification is

required. Do you need race day package pick up? Pre-registration for this service is required and may be done using the form found on our web site under event details > package pick up. Event parking for athletes and spectators is located in the municipal parking lots located directly across Blackcomb Way from the start/finish line at Whistler Olympic Plaza. Parking areas are noted on the race map. Parking is free

in lots 4 and 5 only, parking fees are effect in lots 1, 2 and 3. Please DO NOT park in the Marketplace parking area. This lot is reserved for the exclusive use of customers shopping at the Marketplace shops and has a time limit. Parking is closely monitored at this lot and tickets will be issued for parking longer than the posted allowable time. If you are staying in Whistler Village, the start/finish line is within easy walking distance of all village accommodations. Whistler transit also services Whistler Olympic Plaza on a regular basis.

Carbo Load Dinner– Dinner– If you pre-purchased a ticket (s) to the carbo load dinner, please make your way to the Whistler Brewhouse for 7 pm on Friday, May 31. A buffet-style dinner will be served featuring a wonderful selection of food to get you fuelled for your run the next day. Tracy Garneau, Ultra Runner, will talk about her experiences as an elite athlete, her adventures travelling the world and her true passion for running ultra marathons. Make sure you are there right at 7 pm to be eligible for a number of door prizes from The North Face and other partners.

volunteers I athlete gear drop | contest Over 100 volunteers have devoted their personal time to helping The North Face Whistler Half Marathon be the event it is today. Please take a moment to thank a volunteer or two, as without them this event simply would not happen. You will see volunteers at the start and finish lines, on course, at package pick up, the carbo load dinner, and awards ceremony. Race Management is very thankful for the dedicated volunteers and wishes them as much fun and excitement as each of the athletes.


Gear Drop— Drop— A gear drop is available at the start/finish line in the pavilion at Whistler Olympic Plaza for storing any additional items you may have brought along to keep you warm and comfortable prior to and following the race. Please note: In an effort to keep our carbon footprint at a minimum we do not have bags available for your use, nor do we provide "heat sheets" at the finish line. You must bring along a bag for your personal items, preferably one with zipper enclosures such as a backpack. Your race bib is required to pick up your bag upon completion of the race, so please be sure to keep it handy. Gear Drop is open 6:30 am to noon. Please note that any items left past noon will be donated to the Whistler Community Services Society's Re-Use It centre.

Athlete Contest— Contest TWEET, SHARE, TAG, WIN! You could win registration for life. We want to see your pictures on Facebook and Twitter, but we won't see them if you don't tag us! Facebook @whistlerhalfmarathon to tag us in your post, or search for Whistler Half Marathon and post to our page. Twitter tag us in your photo; tweet @whistlerhalf and use hashtag #whm2013.

schedule of events THURSDAY, MAY 30 5 - 9pm Package Pick Up

Crystal Lodge and Suites

FRIDAY, MAY 31 Noon - 10 pm Package Pick Up

Crystal Lodge and Suites

Noon - 6 pm Partner Showcase presented by Scandinave Spa 7 pm Carbo Load Dinner Whistler Brewhouse SATURDAY, JUNE 1 6:30 am Pre Race Yoga Session (free) The North Face Store | Whistler Village 7 am The North Face Whistler Half Marathon Walkers start 7:30 am The North Face Whistler 10K Road Race Runners and Walkers start 7:50 am The North Face Whistler Half Marathon Runners start 8:15 am Finish Line Live Entertainment begins | GORE-TEX® main stage 8:30 am Athlete Celebration and Door Prize Gaming begins | GORE-TEX® main stage 9 am 10 km Awards Ceremony, presented by North Shore Credit Union GORE-TEX® main stage and Race Results table 10:15 am 21.1 km Awards Ceremony, presented by North Shore Credit Union GORE-TEX® main stage and Race Results table 10:30 am Little Rippers kids run Start Noon - 1 pm Shirt Exchange and Late Pick Up Crystal Lodge and Suites 1 - 3 pm Kids Face Painting The North Face Store | Whistler Village 2 - 4 pm JeremyThom - Live Acoustic Performance The North Face Store 7 pm Women’s Roller Derby Meadow Park Sports Centre

course maps | aid stations

Five aid stations are placed along the race route and are located at the following approximate distances: 4.5 km, 9.5 km, 11.5 km, 15 km, 18 km. For the 10km course aid stations are near the 4.5km an 8km marks. Aid stations provide hydration with water and Powerade, as well as a first aid attendant and washrooms. Aid station locations can be found on the course map. Each kilometre is marked along the course, along with halfway and 1 km to go marks. The course will remain open for 4 hours, at which point signs, aid stations, course markers and marshals will be removed from the course. If you expect that you may be longer than the allowable 4 hours, please plan to take a course map with you and be advised that services at the finish line may be limited.

little rippers

The Little Rippers Kids Run is a fun 1 kilometre run for kids of all ages, but aimed primarily at those aged 5-9. The 1 km route makes it’s way through Whistler Village along the Village Stroll, with a turn around point at the halfway point. Little Rippers celebrate their achievements when crossing the same big finish line located at the cauldron in Whistler Olympic Plaza. Spectator viewing is available all along the run route, and for those kids who are a bit nervous – mom and dad are welcome to accompany them in the run.

Note: This event is completely sold out.

course safety Runner safety is of the utmost importance. Please note that this is NOT a closed course. Certain lanes on municipal roads are closed in the early kilometres of the race, however much of the course travels on open road and paved trail systems. Traffic of all kinds could be present at anytime and thus runners need to be aware of their surroundings at all times. Other runners, pedestrians, cars, buses, and animals could be encountered at any point along the race course. As such we make the following recommendations for your safety:  Always be aware of your surroundings  Do not run with earphones; if you do, keep volume low so you can hear traffic  Baby strollers/joggers are not permitted on the race course  Do not pass other runners outside of marked lanes  Be aware of buses near bus stops  Watch for vehicles pulling out of private driveways  Share the road and trail with cyclists and pedestrians Black bears are very much a part of life in Whistler, and are very active in the valley during the month of June as they have recently just exited their winter dens. Be aware of cubs and yearlings - where there is a young bear there is likely a momma bear too! For more information on bears and what you should do if you encounter a bear, please visit

timing I photography I race merchandise Timing — Partnering with Race Day Timing we are using Chronotracks’ latest technology - the “B” tag timing system which allows for race timing down to 1/1000 of a second. The timing chip is embedded in a label on your race bib, and stays there, removing the additional step of securing it to your shoe like other timing systems. Live results are posted online so your friends and family can get up to the minute results of your half-way split and overall finish time. The link will be live on race day. Please note that prize money for overall results and awards for age groups will be awarded on gun time, not chip time.

Photography— Photography Coast Mountain Photography is the official photography service for The North Face Whistler Half Marathon. Professional photographers will be located at the start and finish line as well as along the race course. Be sure to smile for the camera! Coast Mountain Photography will endeavour to get at least one image of each athlete which will be available for download and purchase following the race. Official race day photography should be available within 48 hours of the race finish. A link to the online store will be sent out once all of the images are available.

Race Merchandise— Merchandise The North Face has produced a collection of official race merchandise items available for purchase from The North Face booth at package pick up. In addition, race merchandise will be available at The North Face Store in Whistler Village in the weeks leading up to the event. For those who missed out on the pre-sale, a limited number of 2013 custom running socks are available for purchase at package pick up. These socks are $12 (including tax - cash only).

timing chip instructions

athlete celebration and awards Not just for overall and age group winners, all athletes have a chance to win some great prizes during the athlete celebration and awards ceremony presented by North Shore Credit Union. Join us at the GORE-TEX ® Main Stage at 9:15 am and 10:15amto see awards presented to the top 3 finishers overall (Men's and Women's). Age category awards are available for pick up at anytime following your run.. There is also a TON of door prizes for all athletes to win, but you have to be there to win! Door prizes have been supplied by our partners including:         

The North Face The Adventure Group Scandinave Spa Frontrunners Starbucks Whistler Blackcomb The Run Inn KINeSIS And others

Live Entertainment— Entertainment Catch local talents, The Rutherford Creek Trio, on the GORE-TEX® Main Stage. The Trio combines elements of roots, rock and jazz with powerful vocal harmonies and refined musicianship to bring you their take on many of your favourite tunes. Rajan Das, Gary Yoshida and Glenn Mishaw have been playing in the valley for years. Their enthusiastic and energetic live show will put a smile on your face.

Weekend Long Deals— Deals — Simply bring your race bib and/or coupon to redeem. 25% off at The North Face store, Whistler Village 20% off bath access at Scandinave Spa 25% off any activity with The Adventure Group Whistler

spectator information Our spectator friendly race course allows spectators to see friends and loved ones at a number of different locations, all within walking distance of Whistler Village. The start and finish lines are conveniently placed at the same location making it easy for spectators to cheer on the athletes at the beginning and end of the race without having to move an inch! Spectators can also make their way to a few of our prime viewing locations indicated on the course map in this guide. The finish line is a family friendly experience as it is adjacent to a huge playground. Live music, face painting, and other entertainment rounds out the excitement at the finish line area surrounded by numerous cafes, shops, and services. Plan to join friends and family for a great celebration as each athlete crosses the finish line. Cheer for Gear Contest— Contest Plan to cheer on the athletes along the course or at the finish area and you could win a family camping package worth over $900 from The North Face. Register at

crohn’s and colitis foundation of canada The North Face Whistler Half Marathon is proud to support the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada. $5 from each registration goes directly to the foundation to support research and patient programs. The most common forms of inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), Crohn's and Ulcerative Colitis affect over 200,000 Canadian men, women, and children. These chronic diseases can strike anyone at anytime, causing severe abdominal pain, cramping, fatigue and other issues. We aim to elevate the awareness of IBD within our community and raise money to support research to find a cure. Help us find a cure - download a pledge form or create an online fundraising page from our website. Every dollar counts! For more information please visit

THANK YOU PARTICIPANTS, VOLUNTEERS & PARTNERS We hope you had an amazing experience See you next year!

JUNE 7, 2014

2013 The North Face Whistler Half Marathon event guide  

2013 Participant and spectator guide to The North Face Whistler Half Marathon.

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