Welcome to The Whistler Half Marathon, presented by Smartwool Media Room. Below you will find some information that will assist in your telling of our story. We pride ourselves on offering one of Canadas most scenic and professionally managed running events where every detail of the run experience is looked at in fine detail. We offer numerous distances, to runners of all abilities - they will find themselves winding their way through our scenic mountain community on a unique hybrid (paved and gravel trails) course that brings the best running that Whistler has to offer.
As Host Mountain Resort for the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, plus home to numerous world cup and national championship sporting events over the years, Whistler is no stranger to hosting the world of athletes and sport spectators.
Dave Clark, Race Director dave(@)whistlerhalfmarathon.com 604.967.3733
Images - Please email Dave Clark, Race Director to request images. Please indicate if image is required for web or print media, publication date and geographic region your publication will reach. Photo Credits to Rob Shaer/Whistler Half Marathon.
Why Whistler, How it all began: The idea of holding a half marathon running event was born about 2006 not long after race director, Dave Clark, had run numerous half marathons and his first (and only) ultra marathon. It was clear at that time that these wonderful running races were being held in communities across the globe - so why not in Whistler?
Inspiration to spend the time and effort developing the event's business plan from concept to completion came from the fact that Dave's wife, Wendy, suffers from Crohn's disease. "I have seen the pain and anguish that Crohn's disease can cause and I am determined to do all that I can to support research for a cure". Wendy was diagnosed a few years before the couple met and moved to Whistler; and as with most sufferers she tried numerous approaches to managing the disease so that she could pursue a healthy and active lifestyle. Thankfully Wendy has found the balance of diet and medications that allow for her to live the life she wants, sharing it with her son, husband and family.
The Whistler Half Marathon truly is a dedication to the love and support for one's life long companion and partner.