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Ray Peters Trail segments upgraded

Improvements made on 600 metres that serve as part of triathlon run course

Upgrades have just been completed on 600 metres of the Ray Peters Trail that serve as part of the Squamish Triathlon course.

Squamish Trails Society (STS) officials, who announced the completion of the project in a statement issued on Monday (June 6), said the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District (SLRD) and District of Squamish contributed to the project.

Over the past few weeks, Ted Tempany's Dream Works Events crew added gravel to improve the surface and drainage on a 200-metre section of trail running parallel to Squamish Valley Road from the B.C. Hydro power line to the B.C. Hydro service road, and made similar upgrades to a segment along Government Road from the south end of the Brackendale Cemetery to Don Ross Secondary School, STS officials said.

"The Ray Peters Trail is one of the most used trails in Squamish," said John French, Squamish Triathlon race director. "The Squamish Triathlon appreciates the great work the Squamish Trails Society and partners are doing to keep this important route maintained at a high standard."

Wesbild Developments, owners of Garibaldi Village, was among the businesses and individuals who donated money that helped fund the upgrades, officials said.

The section of the Ray Peters Trail that runs alongside Government Road will be part of the Sea to Sky Trail linking D'Arcy, Pemberton, Whistler and Squamish. The trail will proceed past Brackendale Elementary down Government Road to Eagle Run, then over to the Kingswood overpass, where it will connect with the Corridor Trail, officials said.

In 2010, similar upgrades were made to the segment of the Ray Peters Trail that runs parallel to Highway 99.

Tempany's Dream Wizards Events also recently put the finishing touches on the new Good Friday Crossing trail that serves as part of the Diamond Head bike trail network. The new section provides a route around the previously existing (black diamond) Cam and Phil's Trail and is the first phase of a project that will connect to the recently rebuilt pseudo trail, Tempany said in a statement.

"Mike Nelson has been instrumental in this new trail, along with other trails in our network; so next time you see Mike, give him a big pat on the back for continually volunteering for SORCA and his dedication to our local trail network," Tempany said.

The SLRD contributed $3,000 to the new alignment, while Dream Wizards Events and Bean Brackendale donated a total of about $10,000 toward the project, organizers said.

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