2006 at the finish line
A lot to get caught up on here before we start a new running season ... and all of it much overdue!
IRA Annual General Meeting of November 18th
- Pauline Hill and Dan Kunzelman have stepped down as president and treasurer. Big thanks for their time and commitment in keeping this organization running smoothly over the past three years. (And a note that Pauline is now using her maiden name, Ulatowski.)
- Jarrett Spannier and Sherry Maligaspe have accepted the roles of president and treasurer for 2007. The remainder of the executive remains the same.
- Wendy Schroeder and Jarrett Spannier were chosen as the 2006 Runner's of the Year. Larry Campbell was awarded the Heinrich Spiller Award of Courage.
- After a one year trial, the road series, will now officially include age-graded results and scoring. The overall series male and female age-graded winners will be recognized with a trophy that will awarded annually and engraved with the recipients name. It is proposed that these awards will be named after Willis Greenaway and Heidi Muckle to honour their long time commitment to the sport and involvement in the road series. (Congratulations also, to the 2006 trial version age-graded series winners, Peter Pollhammer and Lynda Proce.)
- The 2007 race schedule was finalized. The Summerland Centennial Half was added as a 13th race is the series and will be held on the last Sunday in February each year - in between the Starting Block and Lakeside 5k. The Rivers Spring Run Off and the Bike Barn (now) 10K will be held on new courses for 2007.
The 2006 Results link has been updated to include the 2006 award winners. The Series Participation table has been updated to include the past year. And from the amalgamation of results necessary to put that table together it is not too difficult to come up with other statistics regarding annual race numbers and the like for anyone interested.
2007 Wish List
Bill Stephens, the long time president of the this association, has race results for all the series races dating back to 1983. These results are paper copies only and my hope is to get these results into the web page archive, originally by posting scanned copies, and perhaps finding the time (and or volunteers?) to enter the data digitally.
The Starting Block 10K is only 42 days away ... out with the old and in with the new! Best wishes to all, in attaining your 2007 goals!
The Starting Block XC Series Final Scoring
Final XC scoring here. Please check your scores.
Annual Awards Banquet Reminder
We need to know final ticket numbers for the caterer. If you haven't yet purchased a ticket but would like to attend could you please email Ron Sherk by Nov 11th.
The 2006 IRA awards banquet and dance will be held at 6:00 PM on November 18th at the Elk’s Hall in Penticton. 343 Ellis St.) Bill Head’s band will be providing the entertainment and Steve King will be doing double duty as drummer and MC. The caterer will be the same as last year. Tickets ($25 per person) are available from club reps, as well as Peach City Runners in Penticton, and The Starting Block in Vernon.
The IRA Annual General Meeting will be held on the same day in the Okanagan College board room starting at 2:00 PM.
Kal Park Cross Country Results
Kal Park 9.5K results have been posted.
Congratulations to Trevor Haaheim on his first place finish in all five races. Participation in this years cross country series totalled 358 runners - a 32% increase over 2005.
Final scoring results asap.
The Starting Block Series XC Series Four Race Scoring
(Whoops had the wrong sponsor attached to the series previously. My apologies to The Starting Block and a thanks to Wendy for the draw prizes The Starting Block has provided for the trail races.)
Four race XC scoring here. Please check your scores. Runners with only one race to date have been dropped from the scoring.
The final 2006 race in the cross country series goes tomorrow in Vernon. The Kal Park Cross Country 9.5k, at 10 AM. Contact Kit Johaneson 250-545-3147 (email@example.com) for more info.
Summerland Cross Country 8.4k Results
Results for the Summerland XC have been posted.
Thanks to all that attended and a big thanks to my volunteers!
Reino Keski-Salmi Memorial 10k Results
Results for the Reino Keski-Salmi have been posted.
Larry Nicholas Memorial XC 9k Results
Results for the Larry Nicholas XC have been posted.
The next race in the trail series is the Summerland XC 8.4k. It goes Sunday, Oct 29 at 10am from 12013 Morrow Ave. (off Prairie Valley Road) in Summerland. Follow the signs for the Steam Train to west of Summerland and watch for a race sign on Morrow.
Campbell Mt XC 6.5k Results
Results for the Campbell Mountain XC have been posted.
The next race in the trail series is the Larry Nicholas Memorial Cross Country Run 9K. It goes Sunday, Oct 22 at 10am at Mission Creek Park on Springfield in Kelowna. The course will be an approximate 9km loop on trails. Cost $10. Day of race registration only.
Peak to Beak Pictures
Lorne White from the Kelowna Daily Courier has again provided pictures of the P2B. This can be viewed by visiting the Courier web site http://www.kelownadailycourier.ca/champ.php Click on 'Champions September' and then the race album.
2006 Canadian Tire Interior Road Series Final Scoring
Final twelve race series standings. Please check your scores.
Peak to Beak Results
Results for the Peak to Beak have been posted.
A beaut of a day provided ideal conditions for the 99 runners who took part in the last race of this years series, on what is certainly the most diverse course of the entire series. Kelowna's Trevor Haaheim, took first overall, for the third time in the last four years, with a time of 1:03:39. Trevor Jordon of Vernon ran second in 1:04:06. Greg Johnson of Vernon finished third in 1:07:34. In the women's division Penticton's Stephanie Grahame prevailed with a seven second lead over Caroline Raine of Kelowna to take first place in a time of 1:22:41. Lorraine Lees of Kelowna ran third in 1:23:24.
Thanks to the Kelowna Running Club, the volunteers and the sponsors.
Congratulations to this years Iron Leg winners for completing all twelve road races. Topping that list is Mel Doherty, the ironman of series racers, who has now competed in 164 consecutive series races. The other winners are John Chisholm, Kathryne Flannery, Cindy Gamme, Dan Kunzelman, Bill Spill and Darlene Wood.
The Cross Country Series begins Oct 1st in Salmon Arm. See the 2006 Race Schedule link for more info. Entry forms for the trail series will be posted as soon as they are received. (Sept 25th, 20:26 update. That statement about trail entry forms isn't correct. The XC series is done with day of race registration only and there won't be any forms or other info posted. If you have questions about the race, email or phone the race director listed in the schedule. [Although, I did do a map and entry form for the Summerland XC, last year and I will post that once I update it]).
2006 Awards Banquet and AGM
The 2006 IRA awards banquet and dance will be held at 6:00 PM on November 18th at the Elk’s Hall in Penticton. (343 Ellis St.) Bill Head’s band will be providing the entertainment and Steve King will be doing double duty as drummer and MC. The caterer will be the same as last year. Tickets ($25 per person) are available from club reps, as well as Peach City Runners in Penticton, and The Starting Block in Vernon.
Note that the Pounders are hosting this banquet in conjunction with their own awards banquet but Pounder presentations will be brief.
The Sandman Hotel is offering rooms at $65 and for each room booked they will be donating $5 to the Interior Running Association.
The IRA Annual General Meeting will be held on the same day in the Okanagan College board room starting at 2:00PM. We will be electing a new president and treasurer as Pauline and Dan are stepping down from those positions. Anyone is welcome to attend the meeting.
2006 Canadian Tire Interior Road Series Eleven Race Scoring
The scoring has been updated to include the Bike Barn 12K. Please check your scoring. The ten race scoring chart is still available below if needed to confirm a mistake. Runners with only three races have been dropped from the scoring.
Pounder bus to Portland Marathon
This may be of interest to anyone looking for transportation to the Portland Marathon.
The Penticton Pounders have secured a bus and hotel rooms for the the Portland Marathon on Oct.1. There are eleven seats left on the bus and these are available at $99 per person to anyone interested. We have 36 signed up already, 4 from the Kamloops club. You don't have to be a runner to be on the bus but runners have priority so you can take your partner and they can shop ... dangerous, no sales tax in Oregon! The room rate is $79 and the rooms have two beds so you can share. Book ASAP as the rate on rooms goes up to $119. We would love to have you come along. Contact Ellis Andrews (firstname.lastname@example.org 490-3347) or Deb Dunham (email@example.com 492-3905). We have just placed a call and may be able to get a few days extension on the room booking at $79.
Bike Barn 12K results
Results for the Bike Barn 12K have been posted.
Fourteenth overall 2006 Ironman Canada finisher, Olly Piggin, of Penticton bested Vernon's Trevor Jordan and Greg Johnson to take first place in a time of 42:03. In the women's division, Caroline Raine, of Kelowna, was first across the line in a time of 52:13. Kelowna's Shannon Thompson took second in 55:58 and Deb Lougheed of Penticton was third in 58:32.
A couple of runners with notable runs to mention. Doreen Barr (F70-79) ran this race in 1999 in a time of 1:11:44. In 2002 she had a time of 1:09:03. This year she finished in 1:09:12! Quite inspirational I'd say. Also Brian Macdonald (M60-64), (who has been shedding more than just a few pounds lately), had a 1:25:28 clocking in 2004, and struggled with a bum knee to finish in 1:56:34 last year, crossed the line in 1:19:38 this year!
Age-graded Bike Barn results are also available with the 2006 Age-Graded Results link to the left. The age-graded scoring has also been updated AG 11 Race Women , AG 11 Race Men If you're a runner old enough to have an age-grade factor you likely give age-grading a thumbs up. If you're a younger runner you may not appreciate it now but you will one day! Congratulations to Doreen Barr and Rory Switzer for their first place Bike Barn age-graded finishes.
The final race of the road series, the Peak to Beak goes Sunday, Sept 24th in Kelowna. And you can tune up for that one by entering a Terry Fox Run in your area on Sept 17th. If you can't participate you can also make a pledge online. At the least, stop and reflect on what that gutsy kid went through in running a total of 5,373km over 143 days, the equivalent of a marathon every day! Our ultimate inspirational runner!
Age-grading has been completed for the ten 2006 races to date, as well as all of the 2005 races. Points have been awarded for each age- graded race result, in the same manner that points are awarded in the age categorized results. These points have been totaled to come up with an age graded series score for each year.
This year age-grading has been done as a trial. with the intent of adding it as a competitive award event in future years, providing the results could be calculated in a timely manner. The first three races were age-graded manually which was too time consuming. Thanks to Peter Pollhammer we now have a program to calculate the results. The individual age-graded results for 2005, 2006, can be found with the links to the upper left. The previous, manually compiled results, have been removed from the site.
2006 Canadian Tire Interior Road Series Ten Race Scoring
The scoring has been updated to include the Raven. Please check your scoring. The nine race scoring chart is still available below if needed to confirm a mistake. Runners with only two races have been dropped from the scoring.
Please note that the Peak to Beak is Sept 24th not Sept 17th as indicated in the series booklet. The P2B race director listed in the booklet is also incorrect. Please refer to the info provided in the entry form pdf.
Raven Run Age Graded Results
Peter Pollhammer has devised an age grading program. All the races have now been age graded and will be posted when time permits. The program uses actual ages where the birth date is known. Otherwise, an asterisk indicates that the median of the age category was used. Age graded series scoring will be posted at a later date. Raven results only for now.
Raven Run 10K results
Results for the Raven Run 10K have been posted.
My pick for the toughest series race. If you've never run this race perhaps you've played Snakes and Ladders?!!
Trevor Jordon of Vernon took first overall, while setting a course age category record, (M40-44) with a time of 36:19. Greg Johnson also of Vernon, ran a close second and picked up his fifth age category (M30-34) series win finishing in 36:42. Andrew Sellars, (more Vernon) was third in 37:12.
In the women's division, youth prevailed. Stephanie Hirtle (F20-29) of Salmon Arm finished first, with a clocking of 45:22. Alysson Marshall (F16-19) of Enderby ran second in 46:20 followed closely by Allison Dodds (F16-19) of Vernon in 46:27.
Thanks to the Shuswap Hillrunners, the volunteers and the sponsors.
And a special thanks (and a plug) to Kumsheen Rafting for the donation of two gift certificates that were awarded to Trevor and Stephanie for their first place finishes. As a draw prize I won the same prize last year and spent a day rafting down the Thompson from Spences Bridge to Lytton a week ago. Great fun and a great way to experience the Thompson close up. As close as swimming through some of the rapids, if you care to! Or ride through some of the rapids sitting on the bow with your feet hanging over. Dress warm though, unless it's a real hot day, because it's always windy and you're going to get wet!!
The next race in the series is the Barn 12K, September 10th in Penticton. The Sandman Hotel is offering rooms, to anyone attending that race, for $75 per night. They have also offered to donate $5 to the Interior Running Association for each room booked. Simply identify yourself as an IRA runner. Again this year, the title sponsor, The Bike Barn, is donating a mountain bike as the grand prize draw. And too, Kumsheen Rafting has donated a day pass.
2006 Canadian Tire Interior Road Series Nine Race Scoring
The scoring has been updated. Please check your scoring. The most common scoring error occurs when a runner is entered in a race with a different name spelling which results in two scoring entries. Runners with only one race have been dropped from the scoring so it's possible that this error could result in a race not being scored.
Also, a correction has been made to the Grizzly 12K results in the women's 35-39 category and the men's 45-49 category. Please see the results for details.
Grizzly 12K Results
Results for the Grizzly 12K have been posted.
Cameron Egan of Coldstream, beat the field by more than two minutes, running his first ever series race, finishing in a time of 44:16. Hometowner Rory Luxmore, running in the 40-44 age category, was second in 46:32 and Brent Helland of Vernon took third in 47:11.
In the women's division, Heather Price of Canmore (F45-49) came in first with a time of 52:11. Sarah Newton of Revelstoke came second (53:39) with Caroline Raine of Kelowna close behind in 53:59.
Thanks to the Revelstoke Alpine Runners, the volunteers and the sponsors for putting together another great event. And thanks to all that attended. Participation was up by roughly 25% over 2005.
The next race in the series is the the Raven Run 10K in Salmon Arm, Aug 20th. That weekend is also the date of the Roots and Blues Festival in Salmon Arm and there's a shortage of volunteers for the race. If you'll be attending the race as a spectator and can help out would you please contact Pat Danforth.
The entry form for the Bike Barn 12K has been posted.
New PB for the web guy me thinks - not in the race but for getting this posted. Thanks to Jarrett for the home hook-up.
Midsummer Pictures and Grizzly 12K Update
Robert Baker has provided some great Midsummer 8K finish line shots. These can be found, on the B.C. Athletics site with the following link http://www.bcathletics.org/photos/midsum06/index.htm
The Grizzly 12K goes next Sunday and Jarrett provides this update.
BUST OUT THAT BIKINI and SPEEDO! Bring them to Revelstoke for the Grizzly Bear Run! The City of Revelstoke and the Revelstoke Alpine Runners are now including a free day pass to the Revelstoke Aquatic Centre with your entry in either the 12km or 4km Race on July 23rd. This is in addition to the Commemorative Travel Mug celebrating our 20th anniversary! Tons of prizes and mug for the first 100 runners in the 12k, don't delay - send your entry today!
Note too, the race starts at the Arrow Heights Elementary school, the same location as last year, but that's a change from years prior to 2005 when it started at Williamsons Lake.
2006 Road Series Seven Race Scoring
This is the 20th anniversary of the Grizzly and the first one hundred entrants will receive a commemorative travel mug. Jarrett Spannier, the race director, regularly shows up at other series races, including Coalmont last week, so Revelstoke isn't all that distant! Organize some group travel plans and help support this race.
Note that the Raven Run date is not August 13th as shown in the race booklet, the date has been changed to the following Sunday.
And a non series race to mention. The Dave Jacobs Classic will be held in Williams Lake on June 25th. It is a 20 km run or you can do it as a relay (4 x 5km, 2 x 10km). There is also the opportunity to walk or run 10 km. More info at http://www.williamslake.ca/index.asp?p=55. Elaine Sager, is one of the organizers. She has entered every series race, except one, this year, so it's another location proven to be in reach if you're looking for a race that weekend.
Coalmont to Princeton results
Results for the Coalmont to Princeton have been posted.
The cool showery weather made for near ideal conditions for what is arguably the toughest race of the Series. (Not my pick for that one ... it does follow the river down to Princeton doesn't it!).
Hans Aabye of Merritt took first with a time of 1:10:12. Chris Torrie of Vernon finished second (1:11:55) while Jack Miller of Cache Creek, running in the 60-64 age category, finished third in 1:16:06. Congratulations to Jack for a remarkable run. That time ranks as 11th best overall, for this race, going back to 2001. Also, as far back as the website archives indicate, no one in the 60+ age category has ever finished third or better overall in any series road race.
In the women division Kerry Haaheim of Kelowna finished first with a clocking of 1:22:46. Avery Saunders of Kamloops was second in 1:27:44 and Lynda Proce of Vernon finished third in 1:32:19.
Thanks to the Tulameen Sports Club, the sponsors and volunteers for another successful event. And thanks to the Princeton 4H Club for putting on their post race pancake breakfast.
The next race in the series is the Midsummer 8K, July 9th, in Kelowna. Also don't forget the Canada Day, Peachland Beach Run 10K, should you be looking for a race to fill the gap.
Blackwell Dairy 15K results
Results for the Blackwell Dairy 15K have been posted.
Greg Johnson of Vernon placed first overall in a time of 55:38. Richard Brewster of Kamloops took second (56:44) and Hans Aabye of Merritt, was third (56:50).
In the women's division, Yvonne Timewell of Kamloops finished first in 1:02:59, with Cindy Rhodes of Kelowna placing second (1:04:39) and Danita Schreiber also from Kelowna, third (1:05:53).
Thanks to the Kamloops Ridge Runners, the volunteers and the sponsors.
The next race in the series is the Coalmont to Princeton, June 11th. Busses to the start line will leave the Princeton Arena at 8:00AM. Series scoring will be updated following that race.
Peach City Runners Blossom 10 Miler Results
Results for the Blossom 10 Miler have been posted.
Rory Switzer of Kelowna took first overall in 56:24, beating the field by more than four minutes. Martin McMahon of Kelowna was second (1:01:07) and Pascal Hirsig of Maple Ridge was third (1:01:33).
In the women's division, Sarah Clark of Vernon was first with a clocking of 1:03:45. Cindy O'Krane of West Vancouver was second in 1:04:18 and Tracey Pope of Naramata third in 1:04:28.
Thanks to the Penticton Pounders, the volunteers, sponsors, and the weatherman for helping put together a successful event.
Another reminder too, that the date shown in the Interior Running booklet for the Raven Run in Salmon Arm is incorrect. The date has been changed from August 13th to August 20th and the 3 Km Fun Run has been cancelled.
Congratulations to Roy Dagneau of Salmon Arm on his fourth place (3:44:10) Men's 70+ finish in the Boston Marathon. Now maybe you can get back to doing some series races Roy! Penticton Pounders doing Boston this year were: Ellis Andrews (3:39:38), Rick Jenkner (3:48:51) and Brian & Cheryl Corbitt (4:10:06). I'll add other IRA club members if they're sent along.
2006 Road Series Four Race Scoring & Oliver Age-Graded Results.
Oliver OK Photo Lab 10K results
Results for the Oliver OK Photo Lab 10K have been posted.
Steven Murenbeeld of Oliver claimed his third 2006 overall IRRS first, finishing in an impressive 33:40, almost a two minute lead on second place finisher Scott Trembley of Kaleden, (35:31). Hans Aabye of Merritt was third in 35:49.
Jessica Solymosi also registered her third IRRS 2006 overall women's category victory finishing in a time of 38:38. Sarah Clark of Vernon was second in 39:17 with Tracey Pope of Naramata close behind in third with a 39:28 clocking.
Thanks to Jack Wessel and his crew for another job well done. Thanks too to the prize sponsors - who I'll mention when I find out the name of the winery.
The next race in the series is the Naramata to Penticton, Peach City Runners Blossom 10 Miler, May 14th
Raven Run 10K Date Change
The date of the Raven Run has been changed from August 13th to August 20th to correspond with Salmon Arm's Roots and Blues Festival. Note also that the 3 Km Fun Run has been cancelled.
2006 Road Series Scoring
The River's Spring Run Off 10k Results
Results for the Spring Run Off 10K have been posted.
2000 Sydney Olympian Tina Connelly of Port Coquitlam wowed the field with her second overall placing, finishing in 34:19. Steven Murenbeeld of Oliver was first overall in a time of 33:09, followed in the men's division by Hans Aabye of Merritt (34:20) and Nathan Champness of Vernon (35:39). Jessica Solymosi of Vernon finished second in the women's division in 37:24 and Sarah Clark of Vernon was third in 39:27.
Thanks to the volunteers, the sponsors, the Kamloops Ridge Runners and the participants for a great event! This race was the third of fifteen races in the Timex BC Road Running Series.
The next race in the IRRS is the Oliver OK Photo Lab 10K, April 2nd.
The entry form for the Blossom 10 Miler has been posted.
Lakeside 5K Pictures & Age-Graded Results
Drew Makepeace of Environ Geomatics has provided this link to one hundred and fifty finish line pictures of the race. The pictures are in a slide show format but individual pictures can be downloaded by pausing and right clicking on the picture.
Age-graded results for the Lakeside can be found using the new link to the left.
Penticton Lakeside Resort 5K / BC Provincial 5K Championship
Results for the The Lakeside Resort 5K have been posted.
Sunshine and a strong turn out helped make for a good event. Mark Bomba of New Westminster took overall first place in 15:40. Steven Murenbeeld of Oliver was second in 15:59 while Tom Michie of Kelowna was third in 16:40. Jessica Solymosi of Vernon finished first in the women's division in 18:04 with Tracey Pope of Naramata second in 18:44 and Sarah Clark of Vernon third in 18:55.
Thanks to the volunteers and sponsors for their support. Thanks also to Jerry Tighe for attending on behalf of BC Athletics.
For 2006 the Lakeside course was modified to eliminate two sharp corners. The new course is certified.
The award ceremony included race certificates awarded five deep in each age category. Those who weren't able to pick up their certificate can contact firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange pick up.
The next race in the series is the River's Spring Run Off 10K, March 19th in Kamloops.
The Starting Block 10K
Results for the The Starting Block 10K have been posted. Conditions were great and a new course record was set in both the men's and women's categories. Steven Murenbeeld of Oliver took top spot while Nathan Champness and Tom Michie were only fourteen seconds behind finishing in a dead heat for second. Jessica Solymosi of Vernon finished first in the women's division with Yvonne Timewell placing second and Caroline Raine third.
Thanks to the Kal Rats crew for another great race!
The race schedule booklets are out and should be available at Interior running store locations this week.
The next race in the series is the Penticton Lakeside Resort 5K, March 12 in Penticton.
Penticton Lakeside Resort 5K / Provincial 5K Championship
The Lakeside 5K entry form and map are now available. Entry forms are also available at lnterior running stores, or enter online at www.active.com This year's run will also support a legacy fund started in honour of Alexis Mazurin. Details in the entry form brochure.
Peak to Beak Date Change
The date of the Peak to Beak has been changed from Sept 17th to Sept 24th. Note too, that age categories for 2006, will be now be determined by a runner's age as of Sept 24th, 2006.
Another running year begins!
I am in the process of updating the site for the 2006 running year. For now the 2006 road race schedule has been posted.
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America's Running Routes
Check this site out!
It allows you to zoom into your neighbourhood and then use a drawing tool to map your favourite running route. As you map, it accurately records the distance. Once you've mapped it you can save it, (please do that) to the database so that other runners can search for and access the mapped routes of a particular town or region.
The initial map at the site is the U.S. (You may have to scroll down to locate the map.) Use the tool provided to drag the map so the interior of B.C. is at the centre. Then slide the zoom bar to zoom into the area you wish to map. At near maximum zoom road and street names will appear. Select the drawing tool and mouse click each corner and a line showing distance will connect your dots.