Family Cup celebrates 10 years

ENGLAND WINS TOP COUNTRY FOR FIRST TIME

READY TO RUMBLE: Both families and countries went head to head in 10th annual races. - Photo Submitted
READY TO RUMBLE: Both families and countries went head to head in 10th annual races. – Photo Submitted

England won the honour of top country for the first time at the 10th Annual Sun Peaks Family Cup. Seventy five racers representing four countries, England, Australia, New Zealand and Canada, took to the course on the Sun Catcher run on Jan. 9 for the 2016 version of the event.

It was a decade ago that a partnership formed between Sun Peaks and Interschools Australia for a fun family race to be created at the beginning
of January.

Two Olympians with local connections opened the 10th year of the race and organizers heard nothing but positive feedback from participants.

“We had Nancy Greene open up, she was our forerunner along with Elli Terwiel who is a Sun Peaks local and Sochi (Olympics) competitor, so it was cool having those two open up for us,” said Dan Johnston, events assistant for Sun Peaks Resort LLP.

“You get the whole families involved, the kids race against their parents. There was nothing but good comments and everyone had a good time.”

“It’s broader. It’s reaching more people. More guests and more countries are signing up for it,” said Colin Brost, director of sales for Tourism Sun Peaks. “Traditionally it was known as an Australian-skewed event, but it’s definitely evolved more there.”

The festivities have expanded over the years. The event still focuses around the alpine race on Saturday but also includes the Kookaburra Cup Nordic Loppet on the Sunday, as well as family-oriented activities throughout the week.

“It started out just being a race on a Saturday and that was it. It’s evolved and has different events throughout the week, skating parties, tubing parties, the Nordic component of the Kookaburra Cup, those things have been incorporated to make it more of an all-nations celebration,” Brost said.

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