Whitehorse No. 1 in Commuter Challenge, again

For the second year in a row, Whitehorse took the top spot in the National Commuter Challenge for its population category (10,000 to 49,000).

For the second year in a row, Whitehorse took the top spot in the National Commuter Challenge for its population category (10,000 to 49,000).

In all, 328 people from 46 workplaces participated and travelled a total of 23,666 kilometres via active and sustainable transportation, to give Whitehorse the title.

Thousands of Canadians from 150 communities walked, biked, took transit, carpooled or worked from home as part of the challenge, an annual friendly competition between Canadian communities to encourage as many people as possible to use sustainable and active modes of transportation during Clean Air Day (June 7) and Canadian Environment Week, which took place from June 4 to 10.

Winning workplaces with the highest level of participation this year include:

1-10 employees: Lessoway Moir Partners — 100-per-cent participation rate.

11-50 employees: YTG Home Care — 61-per-cent participation rate.

51-200 employees: Yukon Workers’ Compensation Health and Safety Board — 55-per-cent participation rate.

200+ employees: Northwestel — 11 per cent participation rate.

Full results are listed on the Commuter Challenge website at www.commuterchallenge.ca.


Whitehorse Minor Soccer

Under-16 (Tuesday)

Quarton & Sutherland 5

Kopper King 5

Q&S lent a player to a short-handed KK squad. With even teams, Kyah Parent opened the scoring for the Kings with a well-placed shot. Coty Fraser, and Robbie Borud scored for KK as well. John Borud earned the MVP title.

Rhiannon Jones had a hat trick for Q&S, while Joshua Blythe and the Jeremy Johnson added singles. Michael Abbott earned the MVP nod for Q&S with his goalkeeping and fine defensive play in the second half.

Under-13 (Tuesday)

Whitehorse Motors 6

Intersport 3

Brett Ens led the Whitehorse Motors with a pair of goals, while Caleb Kelly, Cheylsea Mitchell, Travis Rivest and Jack Lanigan added singles. Taren Sturko was named top player.

Intersport’s Trevor Hanna netted two goals and Theran Richards added a single. Christine Brewster was the most valuable player.

New West Technologies 4

Versatile Rentals 1

Cameron Weeks’ hat trick sealed the deal for New West. Brad Gustafson added a single. Aaron Borgford took MVP honours.

Adrian Hawkins had the lone Versatile goal, and the MVP was Shannon Thompson.

Under-12 (Wednesday)

Dana Naye Ventures 4

Rodan Air 3

Kurtis Hills, Robin Fortune and Shayna Jordon scored for Dana Naye, and Adrian Blythe was named top player.

Rodan Air’s Michael Hare scored a pair, and Thomas Scoffin added one. Anatole Tuzlak took MVP honours.

RCMP Drug Awareness 8

BMO Bank of Montreal 4

Big scoring in this match, as the Cops took down the Bank. Both Mary Bennett and Kim Brown recorded hat tricks for the RCMP, while Travis Pumphrey added two goals and Felix Bouchard netted a single. Kim Brown was named top player for the cops.

BMO’s Dahria Beatty and Dylan Sands scored two goals apiece. Emily Oettli took MVP honours.

Co-ed Soccer


Pearson Dental 3

Assante 3

Pearson’s Adam Trembly scored a pair, and Bob Lewis added the third, while Assante kept things even with goals from Adam Conners and Luke Wadey.

VeloNorth Cycling

VeloNorth’s third time trial of the year went down Wednesday, and all 19 riders had to contend with swirling crosswinds blowing at 20 kilometres per hour out of the southeast.

Many of the riders were still feeling the effects of competing in the Kluane to Chilkat International Bike Relay over the weekend.

The surprise of the night was Dan MacDonald, a rider from Ontario who showed up and blew away the field with an excellent time of 24:05 over the 17.6-kilometre course.

Annie Claude Gaudet, riding in the expert women category posted the fastest time by a woman with a blistering 28:18.

Top finishers:

Sport women

1st Nicole Ruest — 30:13

2nd Monica Gibson — 32:27

3rd Shannon Mallory —


Sport men

1st Bob Bowerman — 26:45

2nd Peter Heebink — 28:04

3rd Bill Slater — 28:06

Expert women

1st Annie Claude Gaudet —


2nd Heather Enders — 28:44

Expert men

1st Dan MacDonald — 24:05

2nd Mike McCann — 24:13

3rd Ian Parker — 25:10

Summer Solstice Run/Walk

Seventeen runners and three walkers competed in Wednesday’s run up Grey Mountain, hosted by Athletics Yukon.

The weather was wonderful, the rain held off and the cool temperatures made for great running.

There was a 12-kilometre course to the top of Grey Mountain from the upper parking lot, and a five-kilometre course as well.

Tom Ullyett was the fastest male on the 12-kilometre course in a time of 52:14, and Keltie Hollingdale was the fastest female in a time of 57:33.

Top finishers:

12-kilometre run men

1st Tom Ullyett — 52:14

2nd Rob McConnell — 54:31

3rd William Palahicky —


12-kilometre run women

1st Keltie Hollingdale —


2nd Megan Phillips —


3rd Ginny Macdonald —


12-kilometre walk men

1st Michael Barton, 1:20:57

12-kilometre walk women

1st Ruth Hall — 1:35:42

5-kilometre run men

1st Scott Gilbert — 33:00

2nd Ross Knox — 37:00

5-kilometre walk men

1st Lorne Whittaker — 47:38

5-kilometre walk women

1st Doris Dart — 47:36