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Wrapping up 2010 ... and what's new for 2011

December 23

What's new is likely of more interest so I'll start there. We will be using new timing software for 2011. The IRA will supply personnel to help with race day timing duties. Online entries are easily downloaded into this software, with no manual entry required. Mail-in entries require manual entry and we hope to curtail their use as much as possible. For all of the races, there will be no additional online surcharge for the registrant. The cross country races will no longer be day of registration only. They will have online registration and will be timed in the same manner as the road races. The surcharge for day of race signup, for the road races, will increase from $5 to $10. It will remain at $5 for the trail races.

Newness too, in the position of president. Sherry Maligaspe has stepped down, after two years at the helm, and Rick Jenkner, who held the position in 2003, will once again take on that responsibility. Thanks to both for their commitment. This web guy is also being replaced after six years of tending these pages. Didn't know a thing about webpagery when I took it on, and I still don't know much, but I've enjoyed the challenge. I'm retaining my VP position, and will be helping with race timing of all the races, along with Peter Pollhammer, Danny Kermode, and Jud Thompson.

John, from Coldstream, will be the new webmaster. John is a a web and graphic designer, and is keen to become involved with our races ... as a runner as well. Welcome John and thank you for making this transition so easy.

The 2011 schedule is here. The only major change is the Willis Greenaway Half is moving to the former Coalmont to Princeton date - June 12 for 2011. That is two weeks after the Blackwell and two weeks before the Grizzly. The Campbell Mtn. race will now be 9.1 km, same location, no nasty climb right off the start and more single track.

All of the 2010 individual race results, series scoring, and end of year individual awards can be found with the 2010 race results link. This includes the Legs of Steel and Iron Legs winners. Congratulations to Melvin Doherty, , Kathryne Flannery (who also conjointly, with Norm Drake, received the Heinrich Spiller Award of Courage), Shanda Hill, Alanna Simms, and Gayle Wilson our 2010 Legs of Steel recipients having competed in all twelve road races and all six cross country races.

Congrats as well to the 2010 Runners of the Year, Bruce Butcher and Laurelee Welder and the nominees, Brian Rourke, Sergio Pio, Sherry Sim and Janet Rhoddy. This link to the Runner of the Year recipients since 1983.

A new award was conjured up just prior to the banquet. This for the Most 'Serieous' Runner of the Decade. The idea was to honour the runner, who from 2000 to 2009, scored the highest in road series age category wins over the ten year span. An age category win, in any year, was deemed to be worth 10 points, second place 9 points, down to 1 point for tenth place. Karen Willies took top spot with 85 points, Linda Woodbury was second with 79, and Jarrett Spannier third with 74. Scoring, for runners with more than 20 points is here.

The Series Participation & Statistics link to the right has been updated for 2010. The Road Series Attendance by Region file shows the Central Okanagan as being the source of the most race entrants, in 2010. In 2009 that position was held by the South Okanagan. Percentage wise the Thompson region showed by far the largest attendance increase. The Road Series Attendance by Age Category file shows female entrants outnumbering male entrants for the first time since 2001 with the largest increase in the F50-60 category.

Hope to see you at our 2011 races.


IRA banquet run

November 9

All runners are invited to a post-IRA banquet trail run in Kal Park on Sunday, November 14 at 8:00 AM. Rain or shine, come out for a tour of some of the great scenery and trails. Approximately one hour and two hour options depending on who shows up. Pace will be leisurely as this is intended to be more of a tour than a workout. The meeting location is at Cunliffe Road and Palfrey Drive in Coldstream as shown on the attached map. If you have any questions, please contact Gerry Naito at gnaito@junction.net or else track him down at the banquet.


Last minute banquet tickets

November 9

The IRA banquet will be Saturday, November 13th at the Elk’s Hall in Vernon , 3103 30th Street. Tickets are $25 per person. The doors and no-host bar will open at 5:30, with a buffet dinner at 6:00 pm. Awards presentation and dancing to follow. The AGM will be held upstairs starting at noon.

Tickets are available at The Starting Block in Vernon, Peach City Runners in Penticton, Fresh Air Experience in Kelowna, and the club reps. You can also email Kim Young, before Thursday, and arrange to pay for and pick up your ticket at the door.


2010 Race Attendance

November 9

Cross country race entries were up more than 50% over 2009,(392 to 601) and more than 200% over 2004 totals. Four of the six races had record attendance.

Cross Country Attendance 2004 - 2010

The road series too saw total attendance topping previous totals, for a twelve race series, going back to 2003.

Road Series Attendance 2001 - 2010

The number of Individuals participating in the races also showed a six year high with 1105 individuals taking part in 1944 race entries. 86 individuals ran five or more races, and qualified for series awards, while 806 individuals ran only one of the road series races.

Breakdown of Road Series Race Entrants


Kal Park 9.5 Photos

November 3

Dirk's photos are now available. Many thanks Dirk for all you efforts in capturing and cropping all those smiles for yet another running season.


The Starting Block XC Series Final Age Category Scoring

November 2

Please check your scoring.

Women's Final XC Age Category Scoring

Men's Final XC Age Category Scoring

Tickets for the November 13th IRA banquet and awards ceremony are available at The Starting Block in Vernon, Peach City Runners in Penticton, Fresh Air Experience in Kelowna, and the club reps. The banquet will be at the Elk's Hall, the same location as last year, and tickets are only $25.


Kal Park Cross Country 9.5K results

October 31

Overall Results

Women Only Results


The Starting Block XC Series Five Race Scoring

October 29

Women's Five Race Cross Country Age Category Scoring

Men's Five Race Cross Country Age Category Scoring

If possible please use the on-line registration if you are entering the Kal Park 9.5k It will cost you no more than day of race registration, and you will avoid the pre race registration line up. On-line entries can be downloaded into the race program and do not require manual entry. Thanks to the 56 who have signed up on-line so far.


Campbell Mountain Trail Run 6.2K results

October 24

Overall Results

Women Only Results

Dirk's photos


Campbell Mountain Trail Run 6.2K Map

October 18

A map and directions to this Sunday's run are available with this link. Day of race registration only for this one so just show up to sign up. A reminder that on-line registration is available, for the October 31st Kal Park run, at no additional cost to the entrant.


Larry Nicholas Memorial XC 9K results

October 17

Corrections have been made to the times of some of the first 29 finishers. Age category scoring is unchanged.

Overall Results

Women Only Results

Women's Four Race Cross Country Age Category Scoring

Men's Four Race Cross Country Age Category Scoring


On-line registration for Kal Park

October 15

The Kal Park Cross Country 9.5K in Vernon, on October 31st will have on-line registration. We are testing new race software which imports digital registration data, unlike the previous software that requires manual input for each entry. There is no additional cost for registering on-line for this race. Interior Running is covering the admin fees and we would appreciate that day of race registration not be used, if on-line is available to you. here.Thanks.

Women's Three Race Cross Country Age Category Scoring

Men's Three Race Cross Country Age Category Scoring

The IRA banquet and AGM will be held in Vernon, on Saturday, November 13th. Banquet tickets ($25) will be made available, to the clubs, at the Larry Nicholas.


Reino Keski-Salmi Memorial 10K Results!

October 14

Just received these. Please let me know if you notice any name misspellings - if not detected they cause incorrect scoring.

Overall Results

Women Only Results

Dirk's photos


The Larry Nicholas Memorial XC 9K

October 6

Day of race registration only for this one too but information on the race is available here.


Summerland XC results

October 3

My thanks to the 97 attendees! We're most definitely in the black for 2010! Big thanks to my volunteers too. Quite likely the RD is no longer in jeopardy of being replaced. See you same place in 2011 ... but at the end of the month, as the Campbell Mt. will once again have this date.

Three race scoring will be tallied and posted when the results for the Reino Keski-Salmi Memorial are received.

Dirk's photos

Overall Results

Women Only Results


Race director seeks trail runners. Multiple positions available

September 28

Attendance at the Summerland Cross Country 8.4K, since 2005, has averaged a measly 60 runners! The race has lost money for the past two years. The red on the balance sheet is due in part to the overly extravagant race director who awards Summerland Sweets jam as three deep age category prizes. He also draws for, and awards, a bottle of Sleeping Giant Fruit wine to both a male and female age category winner. No complaints have ever been received about the post race eats either. He feels he is in danger ofbeing fired, in which case jam as awards would likely be replaced by a generic Pounders medal! Or he will be advised to up the entry fee of only $10 which includes day of race insurance. Sure it's a tough course with real single track trails but it is very scenic and the weatherman is promising sunshine. This race has it all but sadly lacks in it's attendance history. A break even balance sheet would go a long way to saving the RD his job. The available positions will be filled first come first serve starting at 08:30 AM, Sunday October 3rd on Morrow Avenue, Summerland. 'Application' forms will be available on site or can be downloaded here. (Map included.)

Hope to see you Sunday!


Reino Keski-Salmi Memorial 3k

September 26

Dirk's photos

While we wait for the 10k results ... thanks Dirk!

Reino Kids


Rick's Peak to Beak race report

September 23

In the last race of the 2010 IRRS, Penticton Pounder Sergio Pio capped off a very successful first year in the M45-49 division by finishing second overall (1:02:27) to local runner Trevor Haaheim (M35-39) who ran 59:40. The former three-peat winner of the Okanagan International Marathon also finished first on age-graded time (57:32) to win his first Willis Greenaway Cup with 1359 points and a 9 point edge over Kelowna's Brian Rourke (M60-64), who had been leading the standings for several races.

Vernon's Skeets Morel(M20-29) at 1:03:52 rounded out the podium, while last year's race winner Trevor Jordan (M40-44) was fifth (1:04:55) just behind Keddi-Anne Sherbino (F20-29, 1:04:10), who took the womens laurels in her first IRS race. Vernon's Mary Edgar (F20-29, 1:14:44) took second, and Laurelee Welder (F55-59) capped off her very successful year by taking third in 1:17:21 and winning on age grading for the second race in a row (1:01:37) to finish second to her sister Cindy Rhodes (F50-54) in the standings for the Heidi Muckle-Gader Cup. (As well, from information obtained from Bill Stephens IRA History, Laurelee and Cindy each have more age category road series firsts than any other IRA runner.)

Sherbino took second age-graded (1:04:08) for a very impressive debut. Hopefully the series will see more of her next year. Linda Irvine of Salmon Arm, winner of the W55-59 division in 1:20:11 was third A-G in 1:04:45. In the mens age graded standings, Haaheim was second (58:06) and Jordan third (1:00:08). Kelowna's Chris Charbonneau made his last race in the M55-59 division his best race of the year, placing 28th overall and finishing fourth age-graded(1:03:23).

With a lot of rain recently, the vineyard portion of the race was extremely muddy and slippery, but the rain ceased before the start, so at least the runners stayed dry. Thanks to the KRC for a good event. Attendance was slightly down for the second race in a row, perhaps due to the weather, or perhaps due to the event competing with the 30th running of the Terry Fox Run.

In the final series standings (as yet unofficial), Shanda Hill took F20-29, Catherine Christie defeated Adrienne Nice by one point in F30-34, Alanna Simms won F35-39, Debbie Taylor won F40-44, and Caroline Raine in F45-49, Cindy Rhodes in F50-54, and Laurelee Welder in F55-59, all scored a perfect 210 points. (Rhodes has scored 210 points for the years 2007-2010, and did not suffer an age group loss in 2006 either. Perhaps she has never lost.) In F60-64 it was Janet Rhoddy, and for F65-69 Diane Leonard also scored 210.

On the mens side, the winners are Bryce Turner in M<16, Josh Forster in M16-19, Jason Rodine in M20-29, Glenn Lear in M30-34, Kenny Simms in M35-39 (making it a M/F sweep for the Simms family), Brian Rostek in M40-44, and Sergio Pio with a perfect score of 210 in M45-49. The closest finish was M50-54, where Ivan McKnight bested Jordan Sim 195 to 190, with neither runner choosing to run the final race. In M55-59, the victor was John Wickenheiser, and in M60-64, Brian Rourke scored a perfect 210 points for the second year in a row. In M65-69 it was Garry Bell, and in M75-79, Guenter Naumann with another perfect score of 210 for the second consecutive year.

Those runners who have not yet had enough can now segue into the XC series, with the next race the Reino Keski-Salmi Memorial 10K at Larch Hills near Salmon Arm on Sep. 26. I will not be there, and there will be no more race reports from me this year. I hope to see you at the annual banquet in Vernon on Nov. 13, where awards will be handed out, and everyone in attendance will have a chance at some nice door prizes, including, I believe, New Balance shoes and Timex watches.

Cheers, Rick Jenkner


Peak to Beak Results

September 20

Please check your scoring. The twelve race scoring results likely are the final scoring results for the road series, but are unofficial as yet pending possible corrections.

Overall Results

Women Only Results

Women's Age-Graded Results

Men's Age-Graded Results

Women's Twelve Race Age Category Scoring

Men's Twelve Race Age Category Scoring

Women's Twelve Race Age-Graded Scoring

Men's Twelve Race Age-Graded Scoring


Bike Barn 10K results plus updated scoring and Rick's race report

September 15

Congratulations to Cindy Rhodes for clinching her fourth consecutive age-graded series win. The men's age-graded series victor will be determined at the Peak to Beak. Brian Rourke is presently three points ahead of second place Sergio Pio. Three points also separate Ivan McKnight and John Wickenheiser in the quest for third spot.

The IRA booklet shows an incorrect date for the Reino Keski-Salmi Memorial 10k. It should read September 26, not the 19th.

On-line registration for the Peak to Beak closes Friday midnight.

Overall Results

Women Only Results

Women's Age-Graded Results

Men's Age-Graded Results

Women's Eleven Race Age Category Scoring

Men's Eleven Race Age Category Scoring

Women's Eleven Race Age-Graded Scoring

Men's Eleven Race Age-Graded Scoring


2010 Bike Barn 10K

Nathan Champness and Glen Lear repeated their one-two finish of last year's race at the 2010 edition of the Bike Barn 10K, held on a cool and grey September day in Penticton. The race was a lot closer this year though, with Champness (M20-29) holding off Lear (M30-34) by only 15 seconds, 35:26 to 35:41, whereas last year he won easily by about 90 sec. Master blaster Sergio Pio (M45-49) improved over last year by almost two minutes to also contend for the victory, finishing a close third in 35:45 to easily take his first age-graded victory of the year (32:32). The victory put him only 3 points behind Brian Rourke, who did not compete, in the chase for the Willis Greenaway Trophy. Ivan McKnight (1st, M50-54, 40:23) was second on age-graded time with 35:02, to move to third in the trophy standings, and seventy-five year old Guenter Naumann of Okanagan Falls ran 51:49 to win his group and take third A-G at 35:17, heading Champness and Lear.

On the womens side, Cindy Rhodes (F50-54) won in 40:36, (eleventh overall), only 6 seconds up on local runner Stacey Cleveland (F30-34), while Cindy's sister Laurelee Welder (W55-59) was third in 42:08. Welder, coming off an impressive age-group victory at Ironman Canada only two weeks before, beat Rhodes on age-grading for the first time ever - 34:05 to 34:11, although Rhodes did wrap up the overall standings for the fourth year in a row. It was Rhodes first loss on age-grading since the Blossom Ten Miler in 2007. Kelowna's Liz Borrett (F70-74) ran 54:19 and garnered third A-G at 35:05.

The mens 55-59 group featured a close race, with the top three all finishing consecutively within 23 seconds of each other. Mike Braid took his first victory of the year, with Bill Head second and Don Debienne third.

Thanks to race director Deb Lougheed, the Penticton Pounders, and all the race volunteers for a great event. Steve King returned from working a triathlon in Banff the day before to announce the runners. Hearing the voice of the best announcer in the sport is one of the bonus thrills of racing in Penticton.

The last race of the series is the toughest, the 18K hybrid road/trail run from Knox Mountain in Kelowna to Quail's Gate Winery on the west side, known as the Peak to Beak. With several close races in the standings, there is no escaping the challenge for some runners! The race goes September 19 and I'm asking if the organizers will take up a collection for the Terry Fox Run, which goes the same day. A loonie from everyone is all Terry asked, and would be much appreciated by the TFR.

Rick Jenkner reporting


Booklet race date correction

September 12

The IRA race series booklet has incorrect dates for the Peak to Beak and the Reino Keski-Salmi Memorial 10k trail run. The Peak to Beak is next Sunday, the 19th, and the second trail run in the cross country series is the following week, the 26th. Note that all of the XC races are day of race registration only.

One other change has Dennis Boon replacing Norm Drake as race director for the October 17th Larry Nicholas Cross Country Race in Kelowna.

This link http://www.runninginthezone.ca/blog/2010/08/ to Dan Cumming's blog with articles on the Hood to Coast Relay and the Willis Greenaway Half.


That Goofy XC 10k results

August 22

The first race of the 2010 IRA XC series saw 42 entrants competing on a smoke free but somewhat chilly morning. Five nordic walkers started but have not been seen since...

The next trail run is the Reino Keski-Salmi Memorial 10k, September 26th at the Larch Hills Ski Area south-east of Salmon Arm.

Full results

Women Only Results

Dirk's photos


Raven Run 10k results and ten race scoring

August 19

As well as Rick's race report. There are no photos from this year's Raven.

Overall Results

Women Only Results

Women's Age-Graded Results

Men's Age-Graded Results

Women's Ten Race Age Category Scoring

Men's Ten Race Age Category Scoring

Women's Ten Race Age-Graded Scoring

Men's Ten Race Age-Graded Scoring

Raven Run 2010

When the runners lined up for the start of the Raven Run in Salmon Arm, it was pretty much a foregone conclusion who would win, what with Trevor Jordan (M40-44) in the field. The Raven Run must be Trevor's favourite race, as he's run it 6 times and failed to win only in his first attempt, (ironically that was the year he ran his fastest time).

The downhill start is one of my favourites, so it was pedal to the metal for me, but when I passed Trevor, I still wasn't leading – the leader was 14 year old local runner Emmy Sim. Emmy is the sister of Starting Block 10K under-15 record holder Glynis Sim, who was also running, along with their older sister Meryn. It was gratifying to see so many younger runners in the field, with 5 of the top-20 men being under 19 as well. Emmy held on well to finish 26th overall and fourth woman in 48:01

Jordan was pushed for a time by Jesse Heckrodt (M20-29, third in 39:41) of Enderby, but Glenn Lear (first, M30-34, 38:34) eventually finished second. Jordan's winning time was 38:09, his slowest in his six races, but it was good enough to land him first on age grading as well (34:59). Brian Rourke (first,M60-64, tenth overall) of Kelowna was second A-G (35:16), and Jordan Sim (first, M50-54, eighth overall) of Kamloops had his best-ever finish at third A-G (37:57), beating this reporter by eight seconds. Rourke cemented his lead for the Greenaway Trophy, extending his lead to 15 points over Sergio Pio, who did not compete.

For the women, Simone Palmer (F35-39, sixteenth overall) of Revelstoke took her first victory in 46:38, and Anna Gleave (F40-44) of Vancouver was second in 47:23. Caroline Raine (F45-49, 47:44) of Kelowna was third. The top two competitors for the Muckle-Gader Cup did not compete, leaving the field wide open for Sandra Thompson(48:59,second, F55-59) to take the victory at 39:39 A-G, over the younger Linda Irvine (48:16, first, F55-59), who graded at 40:07. Min Rayson, (1:02:25,first, F65-69) took third at 42:21. With two races to be run, Diane Leonard (F65-69) holds a commanding lead for the Trophy, with only Cindy Rhodes (F50-54), scoring one less race, able to surpass her total.

Only three runners broke the 40 minute barrier, making this the toughest 10K in the series, but I say, by far the most fun! Slower runners may appreciate the scenery, but all I saw was pavement, as the downhill start gives way to a pair of steep hills named Grinder's Grind and Croskery's Climb in honour of the founders of the race, before closing with a fast downhill section of about 3K. Attendance was up significantly over last year at 130 fInishers, and rookie Race Director Dietmar Penkert and his crew of volunteers did a fabulous job organizing the race. The watermelon, cherries, yogurt, and other goodies at the finish were delicious, and the handcrafted wooden medals were a nice touch. The Roots and Blues music festival is also in town on the race weekend, giving runners another reason to visit Salmon Arm.

The series now takes a short break until the Bike Barn 10K in Penticton on September 12. This flat two lap course is tailor-made for fast times, so we expect some hot competition as the series winds down and runners vie for series placings. On-line sign-up for this and the final race (Peak to Beak in Kelowna September 19) is available now on the sidebar to the left of your screen.

Rick Jenkner reporting.

We still have some of the 2009 XC series award coffee mugs that have yet to find their owner. They will be available for pick up at the Goofy.


Last day for on-line Raven Run 10k registration

August 12

On-line registration for the Raven Run closes at midnight today's date. Sixty plus on the on-line confirmation list and it's great to see this support for the Raven.

The entry form and on-line registration for the September 12th, Bike Barn 10K have been posted.

With pending pledged donations. The Willis Greenaway Half Alzheimer donation page has reached it's goal of raising $2000 for the BC Alzheimer Society. Many thanks to all who contributed. The page is by no means closed and further donations would be much appreciated.


1993 Apple Classic Half Results

August 8

Some that ran the Willis Greenaway Half ran this one as well - you may want to compare your then and now ... or not. The Cindy in both races is one and the same and she was first in the Apple's women's category in 1:21:51 while Allan Kerr was first overall in 1:14:00. Comparing age-graded times for the August 1st half, Cindy's time was 1:19:15 and Allan's 1:15:00.

1993 Apple Classic Half


Willis Greenaway Half Results

August 4

Dirk's photos

Updated with Rick's race report and nine race scoring. Dirk took over 1000 pictures both at the finish line and out on his bike. He's working on selecting the best for his report and will be a day or two yet. Thanks to both Rick and Dirk for their additions to the race. Big thanks too to those who have helped towards my goal of raising $2000 for the BC Alzheimer Society. The $5 fee increase for 100 registered runners has been added and only $475 is needed yet to reach the target. And certainly a thanks to all those who volunteered and made this race possible. We had record numbers of volunteers!

Overall Results

Women Only Results

Women's Age-Graded Results

Men's Age-Graded Results

Women's Nine Race Age Category Scoring

Men's Nine Race Age Category Scoring

Women's Nine Race Age-Graded Scoring

Men's Nine Race Age-Graded Scoring

Willis Greenaway Half race report

The first Willis Greenaway Half Marathon (renamed from the Summerland Centennial Half), the ninth race of the series, was held Sunday August 1. A field of 94 finishers (down slightly from 2009) finished the tough, but very scenic, course around upper Summerland under a sky dimmed by smoke haze. The haze held temperatures down to the twenties, making it a good day to race.

Only five runners were able to crack 1:30, however, with Vernon's Trevor Jordan (M40-44) repeating last year's victory, albeit in a slower time of 1:19:37. Jordan also repeated as age-graded champion (1:14:01). Brian Rostek (M40-44) of Kamloops continued his run of good results by chasing Jordan home in 1:21:45, while Penticton's Sergio Pio (M45-49) made it a sweep for the masters by taking third in 1:22:42 for a new age group record. (The second running of the reverse course saw ten age category records broken or set.)

For the women, Winnipeg's Gina Tessman (F20-29), who finished second overall in the Midsummer 8K, took the victory as the last runner to break the 1:30 barrier at 1:29:30, setting a new record for her age group, and new course and race record as well. Stacey Cleveland (F30-34) capped a strong second half by passing Cindy Rhodes (first F50-54, fourth overall, in 1:35:56) and Kathryn Waslen (second, F20-29, third overall in 1:35:29) in the last couple of kilometres to take second overall and set a new age group record of 1:35:14. She also passed this writer for tenth place in the standings, but I did have the satisfaction of taking a rare victory in M55-59 with a new age group record of 1:35:26. Former M55-59 record holder Mike Braid distinguished himself by also breaking the old record in finishing second (1:41:55).

Some illustrious names made rare appearances to honour Willis on a day when several members of his family also attended and volunteered. Allan Kerr (M65-69) broke the age group record by over thirty minutes and was seventeenth overall in 1:39:11. Dan Cumming, co-editor with Steve King of 'Running in the Zone' ran his first IRA race, (no data re any pre 1999 entries) finishing fourth in M65-69 at 2:16:46. Brian Hill finished third in M50-54 in 1:42:23, and former Ridge Runners President Jud Thompson (first, M70-74) just missed his own age group record at 2:00:43. Willis' granddaughter Laura Princic finished second in F35-39 at 1:54:22, and his niece Nancy Greenaway was the final finisher in 2:50:05. His daughter Linda Princic, her husband Romeo, and their daughter Lisa were among the race crew.

The race also featured the first-ever finishes by the F70-74 age group, with Liz Borrett of Kelowna besting Helen Peters of Winnipeg (a friend of Willis', sister Merle, (F93) who was also in attendance), to set an age group record of 2:07:09, which landed her second overall A-G (1:20:06), in what I believe was her first IRA race. Cindy Rhodes led the A-G standings at 1:19:15, (her sixth victory in six races) but still trails Diane Leonard (1:59:44, first F65-69) in the standings for the Heidi Muckle-Gader Cup. Leonard took third A-G at 1:24:33, and is scoring seven races.

In the mens age graded standings, Kerr (1:15:00) finished second to Jordan, and Brian Rourke (first M60-64) took third (1:15:13). Rourke broke his age group course record by over thirty minutes in running 1:34:44 (ninth overall). Pio took fourth A-G, and trails Rourke in the standings for the Greenaway Cup with 1335 points to 1343, with only three more races to run. Rostek finished fifth A-G.

Many thanks to Race Director Ron Sherk and his crew of volunteers for a great race. Every finisher received a souvenir medal featuring an outline of Willis, and a printed certificate showing their time and age category placing. The top three in each age group received jars of yummy Summerland Sweets jam. Ron is still $500 short of his goal to raise $2000 for the B.C. Alzheimer Society but is confident that number will be reached. The final tally of the race proceeds will likely allow the same amount to be donated to the Summerland Asset Development Initiative.

In other local race news, Dan Crockett, who was champion of M60-64 and third for the Greenaway Trophy in 2008, was the overall winner, at the age of 63, of the Fat Dog 100K trail ultra, held near Keremeos on July 23. His winning time was 19:40:07. Penticton Pounder Patrick Amundsen was fifth in M50-59.

The next race of the series is the Raven Run 10K in Salmon Arm on August 15. This race was nearly cancelled for want of a race director, and it needs your support. Please come out and run.

Rick Jenkner reporting.


Willis Greenaway Half

July 22

A confirmation page link has been added and a here's a look at the finisher's medal.


Eight Race Scoring

July 18

Women's Eight Race Age Category Scoring

Men's Eight Race Age Category Scoring

Women's Eight Race Age-Graded Scoring

Men's Eight Race Age-Graded Scoring


Midsummer 8K results

July 13

Corrections have been made to the results posted on race day.

Full Results

Women Only Results

Wheeler Results

Women's Age-Graded Results

Men's Age-Graded Results


A reminder that the entry fee for the August 1st, Willis Greenaway Half increases from $33 to $43 as of midnight July 17th. Also, the normally closed Aquatic Centre will be available for showers on race day, for two hours only, between 9:30 and 11:30.


Seven race scoring

July 3

Women's Seven Race Age Category Scoring

Men's Seven Race Age Category Scoring

Women's Seven Race Age-Graded Scoring

Men's Seven Race Age-Graded Scoring

Rick's Grizzly race report has been included with the Grizzly results below.

Charity race link addition

A link has been added to the right to make it easier to locate charitable race donation pages, once this post is no longer on top. One of those being Sherry and Donna's Kidney Foundation Kidney March page. Linda Hansen has joined their team as well - or will be if she raises $2200. The Kamloops Ridge Runners helped the cause with the June 20th 'Bare as U Dare' 8K. Hats off to all who participated or contributed. The event raised $1400 for the Foundation. Photos can be found here Had it been a contest, and not a race, clearly the hands down winner would be Don Taylor. Good on ya guy! How many would be willing to stuff some fund-raising $$ in his bra if he came attired like that to every race!!

The Royal Victoria Marathon, held on 10-10-10, is now the Goodlife Fitness Victoria Marathon and will be raising funds for these charities which includes Kidsports.

And should you care to donate to the B.C. Alzheimers Society on behalf of the Willis Greenaway Half that can be done with this, otherwise impossible to find elsewhere, link. Thanks to those supporting my effort to raise $2000 through that race. More about other means of fund raising at the Half with the Charity Race link to the right.

There are no Grizzly 12K photos but 'Ike' was at the Scorched Sole, camera in hand ... runners on foot as well as he won the 25k overall. Do check out his report and photo page. Dirk's camera always catches the very best smiles! And his report should give you one of those, at the very least, as well. Scorched Sole results here. The race was a fund raiser for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation of Canada and impossible2Possible

See you at the Midsummer.


Grizzly 12K results

June 27

Full Results

Women Only Results

Women's Age-Graded Results

Men's Age-Graded Results


Grizzly 12K race report

With most of the big names giving this race a miss, it was time for others to step up, and Jakub Sumbera, Brian Rourke, and Anne-Marie Gill did not disappoint. Sumbera (M20-29), made the trip from Fairmont to run his first IRA race, and made it memorable by winning with a new course record of 41:45. Despite that achievement, he could not take the victory on age-grading, as Rourke (M60-64) had a great day himself, finishing tenth overall in 51:51 and first on age-grading at 41:00. Gill (F35-39), who only seems to race in Revelstoke, won the womens race (and was fifth overall) in 50:33 with a strong second half drive that saw her pass Nadyia Fry (F20-29, 51:32) and Mary Edgar (F20-29, 52:29) who finished second and third. We'd like to see more of you, Anne-Marie!

The winner of the Blackwell Dairy 15K, Brian Rostek (M40-44) was second in the mens race and second on age-grading with 43:52 (41:18). Vernon's Skeets Morel (M20-29), who was runner-up at Blackwell, finished third overall in 44:36, while Sumbera's 41:45 was good for third age-graded.

The women's age-graded scoring featured a string of new names, with Salmon Arm's Linda Irvine ( first F55-59, 47:22), Vernon's Lynda Proce (second F55-59, 47:42) and Gill (49:50) filling the first three places.

Announced as the oldest runner in the race, seventy-five year old Guenter Naumann of Okanagan Falls finished 45th overall in 1:06:11, good for ninth on age grading.

Conditions were excellent for running, with dappled sunshine, no wind, and a temperature of around 20 degrees. Numbers were down slightly though, as ninety-three runners (over one third of them locals) finished the course. Thanks to race director Jarrett Spannier and his crew of volunteers for a well staged event with beverage prizes and ribbons for the winners. I think everyone won a draw prize, and one lucky entrant won a helicopter ride for 5 people. If you have never experienced this race, it is well-worth the trip for the scenery, relaxed atmosphere, and quiet, pleasant course.

The next race of the series is the Kelowna Midsummer 8K (all right, this year it seems like the Pre-summer 8K) on July 11. This is your last chance to pick up Timex Series points in the Okanagan, and the flat fast course should see some excellent competition.

Rick Jenkner reporting


Willis Greenaway Half - Run To Beat Alzheimer's entry form

June 15

Registration and race info are available with the link to the left, (or here)as is Eventsonline registration. My thanks to Willis' daughter for the fabulous logo painting. The base entry fee has been raised $5 from last year and all of that increase will be donated to the B.C. Alzheimer Society. In addition the entry pdf contains a link to their web site where donations can be made (thanks) in Willis' memory. I have set a modest goal of raising $2000.

Some of the longer links in the pdf are not working at this time but they will be fixed asap. In the meantime, copy and paste is an alternative.

Just checked the online registration for the Grizzly 12K ... it's only at four! Please help to support our 'out of the way' races (is Revelstoke 'out of the way'?) we've already lost one such at the south end!

Do you have a story about a Timex watch that you believe is worth telling? It could win you a 'trip of a lifetime to either Paris, Costa Rica or St. Lucia' ... if others at this site www.timexstories.ca agree that your tick talk is the best!


Six Race Scoring

June 4

Women's Six Race Age Category Scoring

Men's Six Race Age Category Scoring

Women's Six Race Age-Graded Scoring

Men's Six Race Age-Graded Scoring

On-line registration, for the Grizzly 12K and Raven Run 10K, is now available. Info for the Willis Greenaway Half coming soon.


Blackwell Dairy 15K results

May 31

Rick's race report. Note too, there are no race day pictures for this year's Blackwell.

Masters Dominate at Blackwell Dairy Run

With the overall winners of both the mens and womens divisions, and twelve of the first twenty finishers, masters runners demonstrated that on the toughest course of the series, age and experience count. Local runner Brian Rostek (M40-44) improved on his time of last year by over eleven minutes to lead most of the way and win in 56:09, the best time run on the course since 2006, despite a brisk swirling wind. Rostek also took the overall victory on age grading (53:05.) Young guns Skeets Morel (M20-29) and Nathan Champness (M20-29) of Vernon battled all the way for second, with Morel prevailing 56:54 to 57:17.

Multiple race and trophy winner Cindy Rhodes (F50-54) again dominated the womens race with an outstanding 1:04:49 to finish seventh overall and also ran away with the women's age graded results (54:35) to take the double for the second year in a row. Second woman was Mary Edgar of Vernon (F20-29) at 1:07:04, tenth overall, and third was Kamloops' Ali Fitzgerald (F35-39)at 1:07:49.

The other top finishers on age grading were all from Kelowna, with Laurelee Welder (55-59) taking second at 57:35, (1:10:12) and Diane Leonard (65-69) third in an outstanding 59:21, (1:22:11). Masters women took the top 8 places. For the men, Brian Rourke (60-64) took second in 54:19, (1:08:35) and John Wickenheiser (55-59) was third in 54:34, (1:04:43). Sixteen of the top twenty age graded men were masters.

The cool day was perfect for running, and the sun broke through enough to keep the crowd warm for the scrumptious breakfast of pancakes, strawberries and cream, with Blackwell Dairy ice cream cones for dessert! Thanks to RD Karen King and her crew of volunteers for a great event. Attendance was up over ten percent from last year with 130 finishers.

The series now takes a break for four weeks with the next race the Grizzly Bear 12K Run in Revelstoke on June 27. It is well worth the drive for the spectacular scenery and the yummy homebaked goodies after the race. See you there!

Full Results

Women Only Results

Women's Age-Graded Results

Men's Age-Graded Results


Other Upcoming Interior Races

May 26

An all new race will be held in Riverside Park in Kamloops on Sunday June 20th. Here's your chance to do something you've never been able to do in any race before ... get behind Sherry! ... although in this case it's your support she needs. Sherry Maligaspe and Donna Rhynolds are both taking part in the Kidney Foundation's Kidney March and they'll be walking the 100k from K Country (K as in Kananaskis) to Calgary, on September 10-12th. The Kamloops Ridge Runners are putting on the Bare as U Dare run to support their cause. As the registration form says 'the pants drop at 9:00AM'.

You can also contribute to the event by visiting either Sherry's or Donna's personal Kidney March page. They need to raise at least $2200 each to take part, so lets do what it takes to get them out on the road ... they're not there yet. Tax receipts will be emailed for all donations of $10 or more. Thanks for your support.

Next Saturday is the 28th annual Giants Head Run in Summerland on June 5th as part of the Action Fest weekend. Notable about this 10k run, aside from the pleasantly rolling course, are the twenty year age categories, the fifteen hundred dollars worth of draw prizes and the 6:00 PM start time. All this and a great quality cotton shirt for only $15 if you register before May 28th. Online registration for either the 10 or 5.4k available here. The best bang for your race buck that you'll ever find ... with the exception of Series race #9. See you there.


Five Race Scoring

May 19

Women's Five Race Age Category Scoring

Men's Five Race Age Category Scoring

Women's Five Race Age-Graded Scoring

Men's Five Race Age-Graded Scoring


Blossom 10 Miler Results

May 16

Full Results

Women Only Results

Women's Age-Graded Results

Men's Age-Graded Results

Finish line pictures courtesy of Bill Fuhrmeister with a big thanks to Peter Pollhammer for uploading them. And the same to Rick Jenkner for another race report.

"Apparently, in all the time since the first Blossom race in 1986, there have only been two years it rained. I remember two years when the rain was heavy enough that the SS Sicamous was opened to the runners for the awards, so I don't think we should count yesterday's brief showers as a rain year. The temperature was a mild 17 or so, and there was no wind, making it just about perfect for racing.

At the start line, we all knew it was bravado when Brad Cochrane started talking about leading for 30 seconds, but it didn't stop him from bolting to the front and then holding on for ninth overall, and third in M45-49. As happened last year, Rory Switzer (M45-49) and Trevor Jordan (M40-44) battled for most of the way, with Rory gaining an edge on the final uphill and holding the advantage to the finish. Both ran faster than last year, with Switzer giving everything but failing to break 57 minutes. The winning time was 57:17, with Jordan 16 seconds back. Sergio Pio (M45-49) ran third most of the way and was the only other runner to break the hour barrier at 59:53. The same three took the first three places in the age graded results.

In the womens race, Kelowna's Mel Bos (35-39) started slowly but came on strong to win in 1:05:55. Second was Cindy Rhodes (50-54), who followed up a sub-40 clocking in the Sun Run by breaking her own age category record by two minutes in recording 1:06:21 to also take the age graded title. Local runner Stacey Cleveland, running her first race of the year, took third in 1:08:10. Sandra Thomson (55-59) won her division and took second on A-G at 1:15:56, and Diane Leonard (65-69) erased the record of the great Mae Palm by 10 seconds with 1:27:44 and took third A-G.

The brief showers did not dampen the enthusiasm of the participants, who enjoyed a pancake breakfast and hot coffee following the race. Medals were handed out by World Ultraman 65-69 Champion and Penticton Pounders past president Ellis Andrews, who had the pleasure of awarding second in M40-44 to Andrew Ellis. Announcing was handled in his usual enthusiastic and professional manner by the peerless ' Voice of IMC ' Steve King.

The next race is the Blackwell Dairy 15K in Barnhartvale on May 30. See you there!"


Oliver 10K photos

Apr 23

Some finish line pictures have been added to those taken at the awards ceremony and are available with this link. Thanks to Peter for uploading them.


Running Tunisia

Apr 21

Seventeen year old Connor Clerke of Kelowna, who posted overall second place finishes in his last three series races, is one of four Canadian students selected to run 250 kilometres in eight days through the Northern Sahara with world adventurer and ultra marathoner Ray Zahab. The run started on April 19th and their journey can be followed at this Running Tunisia link. Blogs and daily videos are available with the Experience the Run link. The purpose of the run is to raise awareness and funding for water specific projects in Africa.


Boston Marathon results

Apr 20

Interior Boston results

Complete Boston 2010 results


Rick's Oliver Race Report and Four Race Scoring

Apr 14

Thanks to Rick Jenkner for another race report.

"A near-record 229 runners contested the Oliver "Wine Capital of Canada" 10K under cloudy skies with a brisk north wind on April 11. Scott Tremblay(M35-39) ran away with the race, winning for the second time in the last three years in 35:03, but he couldn't beat Ellis Andrews (M65-69) on age-grading. The 2008 winner of the Greenaway Trophy ran his first race of the year, finishing 17th overall, and easily winning M65-69 with a time of 42:03, to take the A-G championship in 32:20.

On the women's side, Cindy Rhodes celebrated her recent 53rd birthday by winning the race by over two minutes from Amelia Vos (F20-29) in an impressive 41:03, taking over a minute off her time at the SRO three weeks ago. Laurelee Welder (F55-59) was third in 44:15, and the sisters took the first two places on A-G, with Cindy first in 34:34 and Laurelee second in 36:18. Seventy-four year old Eleanor Draper, a visitor from England, broke one hour to to win her division and take third on A-G.

Nineteen year old Jonathan Behnke of Kamloops improved his fourth place finish at the SRO by sprinting past Sergio Pio on the playing field to take second overall (36:47). Sergio held on for third to take his second consecutive podium finish, and his 36:54 time was good for second on A-G. Race winner Tremblay took third A-G.

Roy Dagneau ran 52:42 to beat Guenter Naumann by 20 seconds in M75-79, but the older Naumann edged ahead on A-G where the two finished ninth and tenth.

For those keeping track of the records, the first two finishers in the Starting Block 10K, Jeff Symonds, and Aaron Heidt, are the only two runners in B.C. to break 33 minutes so far this year."

Total attendance missed last year's record turn-out by only three, and this year, due to Easter Sunday falling on the previous Sunday, the race competed with the Ski to Sea. Notable that there were eight entrants in the 70+ category.

Good luck and safe journeys to all those heading to Monday's 114th running of the Boston Marathon.

On-line registration for the Blossom is now available.

Women's Four Race Age Category Scoring

Men's Four Race Age Category Scoring

Women's Four Race Age-Graded Scoring

Men's Four Race Age-Graded Scoring


Oliver "Wine Capital of Canada" 10K results

Apr 11

Full Results

Women Only Results

Women's Age-Graded Results

Men's Age-Graded Results


Handicapped runners

Apr 10

As Interior rep with the BC Athletics Road Running Committee, Rick Jenkner submits this note from their recent meeting.

"BC Athletics and the BCA Road Running Committee wish to remind everyone that the insurance policy covering the IRA races allows wheelchairs, both pushed and self propelled, as well as baby joggers. BCA recommends that the competitive wheelchairs be given a separate start before the runners start, and that baby joggers and non-competitive wheelchairs start at the back of the field. Visually impaired runners accompanied by a guide are also encouraged to participate. Note that other forms of self propulsion (rollerblades, skateboards, bicycles, etc.) and participants accompanied by animals are not allowed.

The Road Running Committee also recommends that races call up the first 3 finishers M/F for a 'photo op' before the age-group medals are awarded, whether or not there are trophies to award."

With 127 on-line entries tomorrow's Oliver "Wine Capital of Canada" 10K could possibly have a record turnout. Race start 10:00 AM.


Campus 2 Campus Photos

Apr 5

Dirk's Race Report and Photos Do be sure to thank 'Ike' for the time and effort he puts into his wide ranging race coverage.

Please note that the last day to sign up on-line for the Oliver 10k is Thursday April 8th at midnight and after April 6th a late fee applies. Sunday's weather is presently saying sunny with highs to 15C and light winds.


Running rules!

Apr 3

If you read the above, with 'rules' as a verb, then you likely already have sufficient knowledge of the rules of running. But just so we're all on the same page of what's allowed and what's not, here's a lighthearted take on the subject A Few Rules to Run By.

From the same Active newsletter is this article on the The Science of Recovery which, should you care to know, will explain what training does for your muscles. But running benefits more than just your muscles, it also Boosts Brain Cell Growth ... for middle aged mice at least. And no Mom, it isn't true that running is hard on the knees ... it's good for them. So there you have it, a few of the reasons why running rules!

Congrats to all who took part in the Campus to Campus Half in which Aaron Heidt and Shannon Thompson took the top spots. Campus to Campus 2010 results. Dirk's Race Report and Photos


'The River's' Spring Run Off 10K race report and three race scoring.

Mar 23

Thanks to New Balance and Timex for their draw prize contributions at the SRO. Total entries, (689) for the first three Canadian Tire Road Race Series races, are well up over last year, (592) and second only to the 2003 record entry year. Is it El Nino or El Olympico?

This race report courtesy of Rick Jenkner.

"Last year's winners of the Age Graded Trophies continued where they left off in their first IRA races of 2010 in Kamloops on Sunday. Rory Switzer (M45-49) established a 50 metre lead by the first turnaround, and held it the rest of the way to take a convincing overall and A-G win in 36:08 (32:07), while Cindy Rhodes(F50-54) was third female overall and first on age grading at 42:09 (35:29). Another member of the 45-49 club, Sergio Pio improved on his 5th place finish in the Lakeside 5K by taking second overall, while Kelowna's Glenn Lear (M30-34) was 3rd overall, giving him two thirds and a fifth in 3 races. Newcomer Laura Bestow (F20-29) of Sun Peaks made her debut golden by winning for the women in 40:03, while Kelly Geisheimer (F20-29) made her return to IRA racing for the first time in several years by taking second in 41:03.

A legend from the past made his return to the IRA after a twenty or so year absence as Kelowna's 62 year old Ken French won M60-64 (40:46) and took second A-G. Kamloops' Phillip Sigalet, fresh from some great performances at the Masters Indoor Worlds, was first for M50-54, fifth overall and third on A-G with 37:25. Laurelee Welder won F55-59 (44:22) and finished second age-graded (7th overall), while Diane Leonard made it a Kelowna A-G sweep for the women, winning F65-69 (52:46) and taking third.

Excellent races were run by young Glynis Sim of Salmon Arm (age 11), taking her second win in two appearances in F<15 (45:27) for 7th A-G, and Peter Pollhammer of Kelowna (our A-G stats guy) 44:21 for first in M65-69 and fifth A-G.

With the opportunity to take points in both the IRRS and the Timex Series, the race attracted 205 finishers, well up from last year's 165. The weather started off mild and fine (+7 degrees or so), but a storm was blowing in, and most competitors faced a headwind for the last half of the race. The race organizers produced a first to my knowledge with a chocolate fountain as part of the post race celebration.

The next race of the series is the Oliver 'Wine Capital of Canada' 10K on April 11."

Mail in entries and on line registration links have been posted for race #8 The Midsummer and race #10 The Raven. The Kelowna Running Club now has a Facebook page. The Campus-to-Campus Half, everybody's favourite half ... except for the one in Summerland on the August long weekend ... goes March 28th from the KLO Road college campus - note the course change - it no longer starts at the UBC campus. Rick Jenkner has compiled The Starting Block 10 course records. Rick also sent this note regarding a recent visit with Lorne Smith. See you in Oliver!

Full Results

Women Only Results

Women's Age-Graded Results

Men's Age-Graded Results

Women's Three Race Age-Graded Scoring

Men's Three Race Age-Graded Scoring

Women's Three Race Age Category Scoring

Men's Three Race Age Category Scoring


Rick's race report, Lakeside 5K

Mar 12

After last year's cold blustery day, the weather was much kinder this year for the Lakeside 5K - mild, partly sunny, and only a light lake breeze. The lovely conditions made for fast times for the second race in a row. Jeff Symonds repeated last year's victory, leading all the way and finishing only one second off the race record in 15:18 as he took his second victory of the year. Nathan Champness of Vernon chased hard and finished second in what I believe was a PB 16:36, followed by Glenn Lear of Kelowna who took third in 17:24. Sergio Pio was first master in an impressive 17:30, while 58 year old Bruce Wark took 8th overall and first on Age Grading at 18:37, which equates to 15:14. I didn't mind losing to that performance!

For the women, Vernon's sixteen year old Sarah Bailey won her first race (19:21) after a second in the Starting Block 10K, continuing the tradition of juniors from Vernon winning the race, which began with Vanessa Tilson in 2007, and continued when Chantelle Deacon became the youngest-ever winner of an IRA race at 15 years, 4 months in 2008. Last year's winner Adrienne Stedford of Penticton was second in 20:38. Third spot (20:54) went to, Mandy Sellars of Kamloops. Laurelee Welder continued her fine running, finishing 4th in 20:56 and taking the womens AG title with 17:10.

The previous day, the World Masters Games in Kamloops held a half marathon, in which Cindy Rhodes finished second overall, and won W50-54 with a time of 1:27:53.3. Shirley Gray won W65-69 at 1:51:41.0, repeating her victory from the 8K cross country race. Congratulations to our World Champions. Some other local half finishers were Phil Sigalet, 3rd M45-49, 1:22.03, Perry Grunenberg, 5th M50-54, 1:25:57, Dale Forner, 7th M45-49 1:32:39, and Marianne McLeod, 5th W40-44 (13th overall) 1:41:44 and Lewis Butcher, first in the M75-79, 2:19:44. Belated congrats as well to Lewis (aka Bruce) for his age category first place finish in Monday's 8K cross country.

The next race of the series is the Kamloops Spring Run Off (also a Timex series race) on March 21. See you there.

Rick Jenkner reporting.


Penticton Lakeside 5K results

Mar 7

Race photos

Full Results

Women Only Results

Women's Age-Graded Results

Men's Age-Graded Results

Women's Two Race Age-Graded Scoring

Men's Two Race Age-Graded Scoring

Women's Two Race Age Category Scoring

Men's Two Race Age Category Scoring


Mar 2 2010 World Masters Indoor Championships Kamloops ...more

Feb 21 The Starting Block10K age-grade results...more

Feb 9 The Starting Block 10K Results...more

Jan 24 Sun Run Clinics Begin...more

Jan 16 Race schedule corrections...more

Dec 28 AGM Update...more


2010 World Masters Indoor Championship Kamloops

Mar 2

Thanks for this Rick.

"A gorgeous sunny day greeted the opening of the 2010 World Masters Indoor Championships in Kamloops Monday March 1. While the majority of the events are indeed indoor track and field, there are a few 'non stadia' events, the first of which was the 8K cross country, held in several heats today.

Announcer Steve King turned in his usual polished performance and there were a few finishers who are known for performances in the IRRS. The best placed was Summerland's Shirley Gray, who easily won the W65-69 division in 42:35.4./font>

In M45-49, Phil Sigalet of Kamloops took fourth in 27:12.0 and in M50-54, Doug Alward, known locally for his close second to Sergio Pio in the Peach City Marathon several years ago, was also fourth, (27:22.8) and Perry Grunenberg of Kamloops followed up his AG win in the Starting Block 10K with a seventh place finish in 29:09.7 Also a seventh place finish for Sean Finucane, M40-44, in 34:33.4.

Congratulations to all, especially Shirley Gray, world AG champion.

There will be a half marathon race held on Saturday."

Rick Jenkner reporting

Full results available here.

No further changes to the Starting Block results to report. See you at the Lakeside.


The Starting Block 10K age-graded results

Feb 21

Age-graded results, plus final (?) overall and women's results for The Starting Block 10K have been posted.

In the women's age-graded category, Kelowna’s Cindy Rhodes (F50-54) made it twenty consecutive age-graded wins, finishing with an a-g time of 35:26. Second spot went to Shirley Gray (F65-69) of Summerland, with 35:52 scoring. Laurelee Welder (F55-59) of Kelowna, notched her twentieth, third or better, age category finish in a time of 36:59.

The men's age-graded category saw the top three overall finishers reverse their position with Mark Bomba (M40-44) of Coquitlam taking first with an a-g time of 31:49. Aaron Heidt (M30-34) of Vernon, held his second place finish, scoring a time of 31:55. Overall race winner, Jeff Symonds (M20-29) of Penticton, was third; his age-graded time equaling his 32:11 clock time.

Shirley Gray was recently featured in a Summerland Review article. Her Starting Block time, of 52:01, clipped seven minutes off the age category course record, thanks in part to being pushed throughout the race by age category rival, Diane Leonard of Kelowna, who finished only two seconds back of Shirley and scored a fourth place women's age category placing.

Another veteran Interior runner to mention is Guenter Naumann, (M75-79) of OK Falls, who recently had age category wins in the Yuma senior games. In the 1500 metre Guenter finished in 6:37, one second better than his 2009 winning time. He bettered his 2009, 3000 metre time by 27 seconds finishing in 14:05, a 7:33 pace. He finished two and four minutes ahead of his nearest rival in the two races.

The second race in the Interior road series, and the fourth race in the Timex BC road series, is the Penticton Lakeside 5K, goes March 7th. You can download a mail in entry form or use the link to register online. There is no additional charge for online registration.


The Starting Block 10K results

Feb 9

Corrected results for The Starting Block 10K have been posted.

Dirk's race photos are available and be sure to see his race report page as well. Thanks for all the time and effort you spent in putting that together Dirk.

And ditto to Rick Jenkner for this race report.

Clear roads and a calm day resulted in fast times for many runners as Penticton's Jeff Symonds capped a 3-peat victory with a new course record of 32:11 to avenge his midirection loss at last year's Peak to Beak, while Vernon's Sarah Clark also took her third victory, breaking 40 minutes for the first time on the course (new masters record 39:50, W40-44), and placing 18th overall. Sarah Bailey improved her course record in W16-19 with 41:20, and placed second in the women's race, while the evergreen Cindy Rhodes took third, breaking her own course record for W50-54 (41:33). Vernon's Aaron Heidt was second overall with a new M30-34 record of 32:26, and Mark Bomba, former multiple winner of the race, finished third overall and set a new masters record of 33:55.

A record 236 runners completed the Lavington course and there were several other age group records set. Shirley Gray of Summerland had an impressive performance, pushed all the way by Diane Leonard to a new W65-69 record by over 7 minutes (52:01). Leonard finished just two seconds back. Sixteen year old Joel Johnson shattered the old mark in M16-19, running 34:49 for fourth overall. An additional 24 runners completed the 3K fun run, with the youngest three year old Madeline Sellars, daughter of the RD, and the oldest Shirley Lewis, 79.


Sun Run Clinics begin February 6th

Jan 24

The Vancouver Sun Run is on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 9th. The entry fee is $35 until January 31st when it will increase by $5. Sun Run Clinics are are a great way to start a running or walking program. The following from the SportMed BC page.

Looking to improve your health and increase your level of physical fitness? Over the past fourteen years, SportMedBC has trained almost 50,000 people to go the 10K distance and take part in one of North America's largest 10K events—The Vancouver Sun Run.

Sun Run InTraining clinics cater to all fitness levels, from the beginning walker wanting to get off the couch to the lithe runner looking for an improved 10K race time. You will start slowly and gradually build strength and stamina. Your focus over thirteen weeks will be to improve your overall health and fitness while remaining injury free. You will be supported in your program by volunteer leaders, many of whom started out as Sun Run InTraining Clinic participants themselves!

In Penticton, Kamloops, Salmon Arm and Peachland, the clinics will be held Saturday mornings starting February 6th. In Kelowna, they run Monday evenings beginning on February 8th. The registration fee ($139 plus GST) includes the Sun Run entry fee ($35) and both the Sun Run shirt and a New Balance Lightning Dry Tempo long-sleeve shirt. More info at SportMed BC's InTraining Clinics

SportMed BC also offers an online program, for those not able to access the clinics, due to location or scheduling. More info at InTraining Clinic Online.

Another start running option is to join a running club. Links to BC Interior clubs can be found here. Joining a group is the best way to stay motivated and prevent injury.

A basic, but free, online 'How to Get Started With Running' program is available at this About.com link..

And finally there are many books available including Beginning Runner's Handbook.

One other book to mention, one familiar to anyone who started running in the '70's is 'The New Aerobics' by Dr. Ken Cooper. Although no longer in print it is still available, in used book stores and online. (More than two million copies printed, from 1968 to 1980.) The book awards points for a variety of aerobic exercises based on their intensity and duration, with the goal being to obtain thirty points per week.


The Starting Block 10K

Jan 16

Online registration is now available for the Starting Block 10K. The cost for online is thesame as mail in.

As well as a pair of New Balance shoes, draw prizes for the Starting Block will include a half day Kumsheen Rafting pass for the Devil's Gorge Run.


Race schedule corrections

Jan 16

The Midsummer 8K will be July 11th, not the 4th as previously shown. The Peak to Beak 18K will be on September 19th and the Reino Keski-Salmi Memorial 10k XC will be the following Sunday.


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