Press Release – 2015 Food Bank Donations

bc athletics donates $6,000 to squamish, whistler & pemberton food banks

(Vancouver, BC – November 13, 2015) $2,000 donations to food banks in each of Squamish, Whistler and Pemberton resulted from the Whistler 50 Relay & Ultra on October 17. 140 teams of 8, 4 or 2 people, and 41 solo ultra-runners, completed the 50 mile race around Whistler Village and the Valley Trail system.

“Bringing awareness to the Whistler Food Bank goes a long way to create a deeper and more meaningful connection for the participants of the Whistler 50 to our community,” said Cheryl Skribe, Executive Director, Whistler Community Services Society. “We appreciate the support of this vital program and its importance in keeping our community healthy and strong.”

Total donations from Whistler 50 to food banks in the Sea to Sky corridor have now reached $30,000 over the last five years.

“The Pemberton food bank helps hundreds of families each month throughout Pemberton and the surrounding communities. It’s a critical service that relies on generous donations from community members and groups. BC Athletics’ support has been one of those generous donors that enable us to buy more food every year. This long-standing support has sent a strong signal to the community of the importance of the program,” says Lois Wynne, executive director, Sea to Sky Community Services.

In addition to the food banks, proceeds from the event help fund programs like RunJumpThrowWheel which teaches the FUNdamental movements skills of running, jumping throwing and wheeling (for children in wheelchairs) using track and field inspired games, activities and skill challenges. It is designed for boys and girls ages 6 to 12, has progressions for older athletes, and can be adapted for special needs.

“BC Athletics is delighted to use the event as a means to support food banks in the Sea-to-Sky area,” said Brian McCalder, BC Athletics CEO. “The association of Athletics / Running with the Food Banks links directly with the need for nutritious food for a healthy and physically active lifestyle.”

Support from the Resort Municipality of Whistler’s FE&A program helped the Whistler 50 Relay & Ultra experience a 20% growth to almost 1,100 participants this year. Next year’s event is planned for October 15, 2016.

BC Athletics is the Provincial non-profit amateur sport organization for Track & Field, Road Running, Marathons/Ultras, Cross Country/Trail Running and Race Walking. A Branch member of Athletics Canada, BC Athletics is made up of individual members, member clubs and affiliated organizations. The purpose of the Association is to promote, encourage and develop the widest participation and the highest proficiency in the sport of Athletics.

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