A Message From The IRA President

December 6th, 2020

Interior Running Association Mission Statement:

The IRA supports running, in all its forms, in communities throughout the region by providing resources and expertise in member clubs. 

2020 is a year to be remembered for the Interior Running Association. Early in the year, the IRA Executive made great gains. It created and distributed Sponsorship Packages, secured sponsors for the Road and Cross Country races, created the Multi-Race Road Series, distributed a membership-satisfaction survey, and much more. The team had planned the year to almost perfection, and I write almost, because we didn’t plan on the COVID 19 pandemic.

COVID 19 is proof that we are not able to control what is going to happen, but we have proven that we are able to adapt to change. Although we weren’t able to salvage the road race series, the IRA was able to support clubs and cross-country race directors by creating the Virtual Cross-Country Series.  Runners are still out there running, and more and more people are turning to running as their exercise of choice. It is nearly the ideal activity for a pandemic, as all that is needed is a pair of shoes and social distancing.  

This pandemic has created a shift; the physically active community is moving to more online-supported activities. People are posting pictures of solo or small groups hiking, running, cycling, and cross-country skiing. More are doing virtual runs/races where longer periods of time to complete and post results are allowed. This shift to social media is of special interest to the IRA in that one of our 2020 goals was to increase participation in IRA XC runs. It appears that the IRA is in alignment with the shift with the existence of the IRA 2020 Virtual XC Series. 

The IRA AGM was held December 2nd, via Zoom conference. I am happy to report that we have a couple new additions to the IRA Executive Team. After many years of being the Director of Timing, Peter Pollhammer is passing the baton to Danny Kermode of Vernon. Peter is taking a Member at Large position, which means that he will be able to provide support wherever it is needed. Peter has a wealth of knowledge about running and our running community; a real asset to the Interior Running Association.

2021 IRA Executive

President – Cindy Rhodes

Vice President – David Guss

Secretary – Janice Bradshaw

Treasurer – David Dennier

Director of Website – Adam Zelenka

Director of Awards – Matthew Turmaine

Director of Social Media – Danielle Shand

Director of Timing – Danny Kermode

Director at Large – Peter Pollhammer

In closing, the IRA Executive looks forward to working with its members to create a 2021 Road Race Series and a 2021 Cross Country Series. We will be in communication with Running Club executives and IRA race directors for direction on how they want to proceed. Stay tuned for more information in the future.  I commend the IRA Executive for their ability to collaborate and work as a team, always with the best interest of the IRA members in mind. 

Stay safe, stay healthy, and stay strong!

Cindy Rhodes (IRA President)



November 28th, 2020


Discover the teamwork and competitive spirit of the Ekiden—virtually. 

This relay race will inspire, motivate and test you as you prepare to compete against Canadian Collegiate teams from all over Canada. The idea started as a friendly competition between UBC Okanagan, Trinity Western, University of Victoria, and UBC's cross country team programs to crown the fastest mixed-gender Ekiden team. Due to interest from community, friends, family and alumni, we have invited you and your team to the challenge - can you beat these varsity teams? 

Assemble a team of up to six participants. You'll each complete a distance between 5.1K and 10K, totalling the marathon distance and results will be posted to a global leaderboard. You can run your segment whenever / and wherever you want between those dates - you do not need to run as a relay at the same time / place - your team results are all added up to the leaderboard/results page. You will need to download an app (instructions following registration) to manage your segment and upload to results.  

All levels welcome! Proceeds from the event will go to support these collegiate cross country programs.

Date Range:

  • Nov 20, 2020 - Dec 19, 2020


  • based on your own schedule within the above date range.


  • Virtual


  • Complete your registration here
    • The Canadian Collegiate Invitational section is reserved for current varsity members of CCAA or USports teams.
  • If you would like add a team, please email malindi.elmore@ubc.ca for a complimentary code. 


Please send Malindi Elmore an email at malindi.elmore@ubc.ca 


Proceeds from the event will go to support these collegiate cross country programs.


Email: malindi.elmore@ubc.ca 

UBC Okanagan Heat Athletics & Recreation
3211 Athletics Court
Kelowna, B.C.
V1V 1V7 

Race Results

Fall 2020 - Virtual 




Interior Running Association 2020 AGM

November 10th, 2020

IRA Annual General Meeting


Date - December 2, 2020


Time - 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Location- ZOOM Meeting


Please contact your IRA president, Cindy Rhodes, at cindyrhodes57@gmail.com for the Zoom Link if you wish to attend.


Prizewinners of 2020 IRA Virtual XC Series

November 6th, 2020

Thank you Janice Bradshaw, Matt Turmaine, and Danielle Shand for organizing and presenting the 2020 IRA Virtual XC Series Awards. https://www.facebook.com/InteriorRunningAssociation/videos/1293317504361566

Congratulations to all of the runners who participated in the 2020 IRA Virtual XC Series.
Prizewinners from Monday's live draw are as follows:
- Patrick Amundsen -1 month free RunQuest subscription from Orthoquest Kelowna (value $60)
- Grace Hiom & Joshua Wyatt - Starting Block $50 gift card, buff and mug
- Ian McKechnie & Gerry Breneman - Stainless steel wine glass
- Laurelee Nelson & Neil McKechnie - Medal holder
- Jennifer Scudds & Onna Stoll- Slate drink coasters
- Bruce Butcher & Todd Benson - Wooden drink coasters
- Erin Jackson & Terra Finlayson - Timex watch
- Chris Greenway, Jayme Bush, Erica Malerby & Bruce Mol - Key chains.  


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Road Race Series

8 road races from 5K to half-marathon, throughout the beautiful Okanagan

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Cross Country Series

5 scenic cross country races taking in the best parks and trails in the valley

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Title Sponsor of Road Race Series:

Canadian Tire logo

Title Sponsor of Cross-Country Race Series:

Starting Block logo

Shoes provided by:

New Balance logo

Bronze sponsors:

Cool Running logo
Peach City Runners logo
Fresh Air
New Leaf Physiotherapy

And for the support from:

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