International racers help maintain Powell River area trail

Community encouraged to participate in event and volunteer day

Once again French adventurer Christophe Le Saux and Canadian ultrarunner Tiffany Saibil are bringing an international trail running group to participate in a timed stage race of the Sunshine Coast Trail. It takes place August 14 to 18.

Prior to the race, on August 13, participants will take part in volunteer maintenance on a section of the trail organized in liaison with the local trail manager and Tla'amin Nation, according to Saibil.

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Members of the community are encouraged to join.

“Volunteer day is open to anyone,” said Saibil. “Bring water, a snack, some gloves and tools.” 

Le Saux and Saibil have organized many adventure races around the world. This is their second year bringing a group on the local trail. The race focuses on self-sufficiency as well as making local connections.  

“We want to give back and not just be people who come and use the trail,” she added.

Racers are travelling from Europe and as far away as New Caledonia to experience the Sunshine Coast Trail and getting to meet local people is a big part of the experience. 

“It’s about sharing between runners and outdoor people,” said Saibil. “There’s a cultural element as well.”

Saibil said the couple would love to have more local involvement, including race participants. In addition to the 170-kilometre running route, there are shorter 80 and 90 kilometre sections that can be done over two days, and not everyone has to be a runner, she added. 

“It’s a run but I do have some fast hikers joining this year,” said Saibil. “They have to be at the same cabins by the end of the day.”

Trail maintenance will take place from 10 am to 1 pm on Tuesday, August 13. For more information on the events, contact Saibil at: 778.861.5614.

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