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2011 news:

2012 draft calendar

December 05

The 2012 calendar is currently still in draft and some of the dates may be subject to change. The following file contains the listing of both the Canadian Tire Road Race Series and the Starting Block X-Country Race Series along with other races in the area. Note: Campus Half is NOT part of the IRA series!


2011 IRA Executive Update

November 26

Following the AGM Bill Stephens is now in charge of promotion for the IRA.


2011 IRA AGM - correction

November 11

Please note: the AGM is restricted to members of the local member clubs.


2011 IRA AGM

November 06

The 2011 IRA AGM will be held at 2pm Saturday Nov. 12, before the banquet in Kamloops. The location is The Flavours of India (downstairs entrance) 550 Columbia Street West Kamloops (up the hill from the hospital, down the hill from superstore. Take Columbia St./downtown exit from either direction). Coffee and tea will be available... the AGM is restricted to members of the local member clubs.

One representative from each member club is required to attend, as this is our only meeting of the year, and important decisions will be made regarding next year's series. Please make sure someone attends from your club with a report on the club, the races under its sponsorship, and nominees for the IRA awards for Runners of the Year and Heinrich Spiller Award of Courage.


The Starting Block XC series final age category scoring

November 01

Please check your scoring. If you ran three or more races in the cross country series, and you're not showing, please advise results@interiorrunningassociation.com

XC Iron Legs Winners: These runners completed all five cross country races. Patrick Amundsen, Bruce Butcher, Carol Chisholm, Melvin Doherty, Wes Kibble, Jack Miller, and Kathleen Yanke.

Legs of Steel Winners: Congratulations to Carol Chisholm, Melvin Doherty, and Kathleen Yanke for completing all eleven road series races, as well as the five XC races.


Kal Park 9.5 K XC results

October 30

Dirks "Quick album" on Facebook His full set of Kal Park photos will be posted in a couple of days - he's workin on it!


Summerland 9.5K results

October 23

Photos posted Oct 27th. Thanks Dirk!

GPS watches indicate today's race was 9.5 K - with the addition of the course changes made to utilize the Test of Humanity bike race trails. A big thanks to my volunteers, as well as The Starting Block, New Balance, Summerland Sweets, and Backyard Beans for helping to make today's race a success. And thanks also to the 86 runners that participated. $4 from every entry will be donated to this Test of Humanity pledge page. And a HUGE thank you to Shelley, at the top of Morrow, who came to our rescue by making a bathroom available, when the port-a-pottie did not arrive. She was offered $100 but, when she learned of the above cause, she chose to donate all of it to support Canadian Humanitarian's work with Ethiopian orphanages. That brings the total race donation to $444 - theequivalent of one and a half years of the average Ethiopian annual wage!

The final race of The Starting Block Cross Country Series and the final race of the IRA season goes next Sunday October 30th at Kal Park in Vernon. One day from Halloween and costumes are welcome.

The Interior Running Association's AGM and awards banquet will be held in Kamloops on November 12th at this location. Info regarding tickets here.

The Starting Block XC Series three race scoring

October 19

Please check your scoring

Summerland XC 8.4K info and map


Summerland XC & ‘Test of Humanity’ & Ron says adieu

October 18

The inaugural Test of Humanity mountain bike race was held September 25th over much of the same course the Summerland XC uses. It raised over $40,000 to support Canadian Humanitarian's work with Ethiopian orphanages. I have changed the XC course somewhat to utilize some of the single track built for the bike race rather than the quad trails. This has eliminated the ugliest up and the shaly down. I have also been inspired by the work Nic and Shea Seaton put into everything involved with their huge personal undertaking to put on this very successful charitable event.

As a result the entry fee for 2011 has been raised from $10 to $15. $2 to cover the on-line fees and $3 which will be donated to the Test of Humanity cause. In addition the Penticton Pounders will be contributing an additional $1 to the charity. $1000 is what I'd like to see raised by the XC run to donate to this charity. To that end I’ve started an 'event' on Facebook I’ve dubbed 'Toss the Test a Toonie'. All I’m seeking is a $2 donation ($2.50 actually to cover the credit card fees). It’s going to take more 'friends’ than I have to generate the $600 I hope to achieve so I’m asking that if you use FB would you please invite your friends to the cause. But donations can also made to this Test of Humanity pledge page link without any Facebook involvement. Thanks Sarah for agreeing to it’s use.

I have tended this web page from 2005 to 2010 and race directed a dozen IRA races. This year I committed to helping with the new computer timing at all the races. After Kal Park I’m ‘retiring’ from all involvement with the IRA. (Next year will find me taking to the wind’ on a bicycle with no intention of coming back here to live.) If you’d like to say thanks you could do that by supporting my above cause. Thanks.

We don't have a program to calculate age category scoring for the cross country runs. This has to be done manually. 3 race scoring will be posted prior to Sunday's run... if I can remember how to do it.



Larry Nicholas Memorial results

October 16


Congratulations Doreen!

October 13

A tip of the hat to Penticton's Doreen Mayne (F70-74) who ran her first ever marathon in Portland on Sunday, and finished third of eleven in her age category with a time of 6:32.


Campbell Mt 8.4km results

October 02

Thanks to The Starting Block for providing the draw prizes and New Balance for the shoes - won by Frank Wolfinger. Age category scoring will not be tallied until after the next race in The Starting Block cross country series, the Larry Nicholas Memorial XC 9K, on Oct 16th in Mission Park, Kelowna. Age grading is not done for the trail series.


September 27

Peak to Beak pictures courtesy of Lorne White and the Kelowna Daily Courier


A great job of photography aided by some great smiles! Thanks Lorne.


P2B 18k full results and final series scoring

September 24

Congratulations to Cindy Rhodes and Ellis Andrews for their first place finishes in the road series age-graded scoring. This is Cindy's fifth consecutive title and a second time win for Ellis. Runners up in the women's category were Liz Borrett and Laurelee Welder. The men's runners up were Roy Uzelman and Leo Rankin. Top ten finishers for each year since 2005 are listed here. '05 and '06 were trial years for the age-graded series. Starting in 2007 the women's victor has been awarded the Heidi Muckle-Gader Cup and for the men the Willis Greenaway Cup.

Twelve runners earned the Iron Legs award for competing in all eleven of the road series races. For the men the honour goes to Bill Stephens, Melvin Doherty, Ken Riegel, Bill Head, Dan Kunzelman, Markus Heinrichs, and Jason Rodine. For the women, Kathleen Yanke, Patricia Riegel, Kathryne Flannery, Carol Chisholm, and Michelle Sinclair. For Kathryne Flannery and Jason Rodine this is their second consecutive year as Iron Legs winners while Mel Doherty has accomplished this feat for a span of 18 consecutive years!


Bike Barn 10K full results

September 14


Congratulations Jeff!

September 12

Jeff Symonds placed third in the Ironman 70.3 World Championships at Lake Las Vegas in Henderson, Nevada yesterday. Story line here plus this post race interview video..


IRA Banquet

September 05

This years IRA banquet will be held on November 12th at 6 pm by Vittorio's Restaurant which is located at 1820 Rogers Place Kamloops. Any enquires please email trikathytri@hotmail.com. Tickets to be available shortly.


Peak to Beak online registration now available

July 26

On-line registration for September 18th Peak to Beak 18K is now available. Sign up now through the following link:


Summer Race Report, by Rick Jenkner

July 22

A strong field made the news at the Kelowna Midsummer 8K and two top performers in the lower mainland Timex Series carried off the top honours, as Jerry Ziak (M35-39) ran 24:50 to easily win the men's race, and Kristin Smart (F20-29) ran 31:19 to take the women's race. Ziak's time was faster than Steve Osaduik ran to win last year. It was rumoured that Osaduik was holidaying in the area, but he did not make an appearance.

Second for the men was Tom Michie (M20-29) in 27:01, with Trevor Haaheim (M35-39) third at 27:43, faster than he ran last year for the same placing. Mention should also be made of Trevor Jordan, 27:45 fourth and first in M45-49, who also ran faster than in 2010, and Bruce Wark, running his first race as a member of the M60-64 group, who took 4 seconds off last year's time at 30:44. Cindy Rhodes (F50-54) was top master and second overall for the women in 31:51, and Kelowna's Marcia Nimchuk (F20-29) was a distant third in 36:04. I am saddened to report that the women's race in particular was disrupted by a bandit who claimed to be out for a 'training run', which was particularly bad form by someone who should have known better, (and now does).

It was a perfect day for racing, partly cloudy and cool, and the pace was fast from the start, with some excellent times being turned in, as shown by the competitiveness of the age graded results. Ziak won with 24:18 and Rory Switzer (M50-54) moved up from fifth to second at 24:39, with Wark third (24:56) and Jordan fourth (25:13). On the women's side, Rhodes led a sweep for the masters at 26:28, with Liz Borrett (F70-74) second at 27:43 and Diane Leonard (F65-69) third at 28:55.

Thanks to rookie race director Ray Snitynsky and his crew of volunteers for a well-organized and fun event, including even cinnamon buns!

The road racing series now takes an extended break, with the cancellation of the Raven Run, but the gap has been filled by the resurrection of the Goofy Quarter (Quarter-marathon distance - 10.5K ) trail run in Kamloops on August 28. Here is a good opportunity for the road runners to try something new and keep the competitive juices flowing until the Bike Barn 10K on Sep. 11. See you there!

25th Grizzly Bear 12K June 26

A small field of only 70 finishers gave some lesser-known runners their opportunity on the podium, including this reporter! The Mundall twins (M20-29) from Salmon Arm took off together at the start, and although James struggled a bit and fell back to fourth, Timothy held on to take the win in 48:40, with local runner Jesse Anchikoski (M30-34) second in 50:19 and first master, Michael Stoll of Vernon (M40-44) third in 50:35.

The women's race was close the whole way, with local runners filling the first three spots. Master Sarah Newton (F40-44) ran 52:22 for the victory, with sisters Brittany (F16-19) and Megan (F<16) Evans second and third in 52:54/52:56.

On age grading, Liz Borrett (F70-74) took her first victory at 44:02, with Laurelee elder (F55-59) second at 46:22 and Janet Rhoddy (F60-64) third in 48:18. Newton was fourth. For the men, Roy Uzelman (M60-64) took his first win at 41:53, besting Brian Rourke (M60-64, 43:07) making his first appearance of the year after battling plantar fasciitis, and Rick Jenkner (M55-59, 43:27). Seventy-six year old Guenter Naumann of Okanagan Falls ran an excellent race for fourth (43:33).

Race Director Jarrett Spannier did an excellent job with limited resources and came through with the usual beverage prizes for the victors as well. Thanks Jarrett. The race will likely move the start location for next year to make it logistically smoother for the organizers.

Willis Greenaway Half Marathon, June 12

This race, which honours IRA legend Willis Greenaway, and raises money for the Alzheimer Foundation, has always struggled to find a following, despite moving the date, and changing the course direction, and this year was no different. I had thought that a move to cooler June would help entries, but it seems that either the competing triathlon, or just the distance, kept entries to only 63 finishers. Those who did turn out were treated to excellent conditions and a well-organized race, with the usual medals featuring a likeness of Willis and a certificate with finishing time for all finishers.

The race itself featured a replay of "Battle of the Trevors" with Trevor Haaheim (M35-39) prevailing over Trevor Jordan (M45-49) 1:18:00 to 1:19:59. Kelowna's Gary Wade (M40-44) was third in 1:26:38. Pentictonite Jenny Ayers (F45-49) took her first IRA victory in 1:42:35, as masters swept the podium for the women. Laurelee Welder (F55-59) took second in 1:43:16, and Vernon's Lynda Proce (F55-59) was third in 1:51:31.

On age-grading, the Trevors were reversed, with Jordan first in 1:13:46 and Haaheim finishing tied for second at 1:15:28 with Ellis Andrews (M65-69). Both runners receive 195 points. Roy Uzelman was fourth in 1:17:54. For the women, Welder took top honours in 1:21:56, Diane Leonard (F65-69) was second in 1:23:37 and Proce bumped Ayers from the podium at 1:28:29.

Thanks to Ron Sherk for all his hard work in founding this race and shepherding it through the various changes. Ron claims he is retiring as RD to go ride his bike in South America, but we will see what 2012 brings.


BC Athletics update

July 15

BC Athletics have posted the following update for all race directors:

Dear Race Director,

If you are no longer the race director for a BC Athletics sanctioned event, please forward this email to whoever has now taken over that role.

1. BC Athletics invites applications to host BC Provincial Road Running Championships in 2012 and 2013. Events are encouraged to host championships in conjunction with established events. Pre-requisites to hosting a championship include that the event and/or host organization be in good standing with BC Athletics, and the course be certified. Championship distances are 5K, 8K, 10K, Half Marathon, and Marathon.

BC Athletics provides hosting grants and limited championship prize money, subject to budget and application deadlines. Championship eligibility is limited to Junior, Senior, Master and Road & Trail members of BC Athletics.

To apply to host a championship in 2012 and 2013, complete the application form here: http://www.bcathletics.org/main/rrchampionshipsbid.htm. The deadline for applications is September 1, 2011.

2. BC Athletics has published Road Race Etiquette Guidelines, to educate participants on good race behaviour. Please make your participants aware of these guidelines, either through your event website, or at race packet pickup. If everyone abides by the guidelines, everyone can enjoy a safe and fair event. The guidelines can be found here: http://www.bcathletics.org/main/pdf/rr_etiquette.pdf

3. BC Athletics has published Officiating Guidelines for Road and Cross Country / Trail Races, describing the key officiating roles for local road and cross country/trail race organizers. The guidelines can be found here: http://www.bcathletics.org/main/pdf/rr_officiating.pdf

4. Is your course certified? While you may not be expecting any world records to be broken at your event, all participants entering a race advertised to be of a certain distance have a reasonable expectation that the distance be accurate. Most runners like to compare performances run on different courses and such comparisons are very difficult if course distances are not reliable. No one can establish a personal best if courses are not accurate. The certification program is very important to the average runner, as well as those of exceptional speed.

For any road-running performance to be accepted as a record, or be included in national or provincial rankings, it must be run on a certified course. The inclusion of performances in rankings can add to the prestige of the event.

More information on course measurement and certification can be found here: http://www.bcathletics.org/main/coursemeasfaq.htm

Thank you.


Midsummer 8K results

July 13


Grizzly 12K results

June 26


The IRA on YouTube courtesy of Bill Head and the Headband.

Name that runner, name that race ... could be a contest!

Bill Head has put together some of Dirk Handke's photos from some of the IRA races and made a slideshow to accompany his new CD 'Running in the Zone', available at PCRAS and the Bike Barn or direct from Bill (theheadband@live.com) or Rick Jenkner in Kamloops. Steve King wrote the lyrics to five of the songs on the CD and Bill wrote the music for all of them. Steve played on two of the tracks and joins Bill in singing on those.


Willis Greenaway Half - Run to Beat Alzheimer's results.

June 12

The race director will be gauging the success of this event on his goal to raise $2000 for Alzheimer research. 32% of that target has been achieved to date. It is a very worthwhile cause. Thanks



That Goofy Trail Run - correction

June 07

Just a quick correction on the August 28 Goofy Trail Run course details. The start is at the Pacific Way entrance to Cartwright Park, not the main entrance as previously posted.


Blackwell Dairy 15K -2011

June 05

The Blackwell Dairy 15K is a race that rewards the runner who carefully husband their energy, because the hills are unrelenting. It is always up or down. This year, Vernon's Aaron Heidt (M35-39) did that better than anyone, taking off from stubborn local Rick Brewster (M45-49) after the turnaround point to win by 90 seconds 54:08 to 55:38. His time was the fastest run on the course since Hans Aabye ran 53:17 in 2007.Skeets Morel (M20-29) of Vernon was third in 58:58, and former winners Trevor Jordan (M45-49), Phillip Sigalet (M50-54), and Brian Rostek (M40-44) followed.

In the women's race, the evergreen Cindy Rhodes (F50-54) continued her fine season by taking the win in 1:02:57, again improving on her last year's winning time as she did in the Blossom Ten Miler. Vernon runners filled the next three spots, with last year's runner-up Mary Edgar (F20-29) again followed her home, in 1:07:33. Lisa Heidt (F35-39, 1:08:52) was third and Jennifer Jakobi-Jones (F40-44, 1:09:44) took fourth.

The age graded standings again showed some outstanding performances by older runners. On the women's side, the top nine were all masters, with Rhodes leading the way as usual in 52:19. Rhodes has won the age grading here all four years it has been scored, with this her best-ever time. Kelowna's Diane Leonard (1st F65-69 in 1:21:48) was second at 58:11, and Vernon's Lynda Proce (1st F55-59 in 1:15:48), just back from the Two-X-Elle ladies cycling tour took third in 1:01:21. (Her husband Henry scored his first medal, third in M55-59.)

For the men on age-grading, race runner-up Brewster took a fine win in 50:34, the best time since sixty-two year old Jack Miller scored 49:36 in 2007. Former multiple age-graded race champion Ellis Andrews (1st M65-69, 1:08:21) took second at 52:07, Sigalet took third in 53:06, with Heidt fourth in 53:24.

The six race scoring is also posted, with those runners not missing a race yet gaining their chance to shine. In the race for the Greenaway Cup, Kamloops' Jordan Sim leads with 1097 points, Penticton's Bill Head is second with 1080, Mel Doherty (who never misses a race) third with 1033, and Bill Stephens fourth with 1022.

For the Muckle-Gader Cup, Vernon's Patricia Riegel leads with 1114 points, Kathleen Yanke of Salmon Arm is second with 1072, and Michelle Sinclair of Kelowna third with 1021.

Thanks to Race Director Karen King and the Kamloops Ridge Runners for a great event. Attendance was up significantly, reversing the unfortunate early season trend. A special thank you to Blackwell Dairy for the fantastic pancake breakfast and the yummy ice cream. The weather smiled on us for a change, with a cool sunny morning making for ideal racing conditions.

An item of note from the Blossom Ten Miler was that the entire Cutjar family completed the race, with Kevin pushing both young daughters to a fourth overall finish, and wife Barb returning to competition by finishing twelfth in W40-44.

The next race of the series is the Willis Greenaway Half Marathon in Summerland on it's new date of June 12. That race supports the Alzheimer Society, and members of Willis' family attend, making it a must-do event. See you there!!


Blackwell Dairy 15k results

May 30


Goofy Trail Run 10K

May 25

The IRA executive is pleased to announce that the Goofy Trail Run 10K in Kamloops is back on the schedule, with Sherry Maligaspe as the RD. The new race date is August 28, so it will again kick off the trail running series.

The Reino Keski-Salmi Memorial 10K will no longer be part of the series, although it will continue as an independent race on Sep. 25.

All qualifying and scoring regulations for the series will continue as at present.


Local news:

May 20

Sarah Bailey, who is the W16-19 world record holder at the Starting Block 10K, and High School XC champion, has committed to the Jacksonville Florida Dolphins for September. Best of success, Sarah. Here is a link to the full story from the BC Athletics blog. Thanks to Maurice Wilson and BCA for permission to link.


And Dan Crockett, of Kelowna, who had that memorable duel with Ellis Andrews for supremacyin their age group and for the Greenaway award a few years back, has been named Kelowna athlete of the year. Here is the link to that story, also from the BCA blog.



Willis Greenaway Half

May 18

On-line registration for the IRA Race #7 the Willis Greenaway Half is now available with the left column 'Entry Form' link.


Race report - Blossom Ten Miler 2011

May 14

Rory Switzer of Kelowna (M50-54) and Cindy Rhodes (F50-54) of Kelowna repeated their victories of a year ago at the Naramata to Penticton Ten Mile Run, held on a typical March day last Sunday, May 8. The sun did eventually come out, and when it did, the lake wind came with it, but at least the rain held off until long after the awards were finished. The 'ageless wonder' Switzer, who has now won the race for three years in a row, was never seriously challenged, and recorded 57:54, ahead of Sergio Pio (M45-49), who was the only other runner under the hour at 58:47, and Kelowna's Andrew Savage (M20-29) who was third in 1:01:45. Local triathlete and coach Kevin Cutjar (M45-49), winner of Ultraman Canada in 2010, came fourth, while pushing both his daughters in a running stroller. Watch for them as athletes in the future.

Potential road work on the course necessitated a last minute change of several miles onto the KVR trail, and a change to the start location. The changes eliminated one of the big uphill sections, and meant that this year's times are not comparable to past years. I would credit all age group winners with asterisked records for the new course.

Rhodes continued her fabulous racing record of 2011 by finishing sixth overall and recording 1:03:58, a time over two minutes faster than her F50-54 course record set last year. Since 2009, she has lowered her time on the course by over five minutes! The top three women were all masters, with Vernon's Jennifer Jakobi (F40-44) finishing second in 1:12:33 and Salmon Arm's Antje Breugem (F40-44) third in 1:13:37

Age graded times will not be available for several weeks, as our age-graded guru Peter Pollhammer is on safari in Kenya. We wouldn't want a lion to eat his homework!! I can say that outstanding A-G performances were recorded by Switzer, Rhodes, Pio, Cutjar and Laurelee Welder. Guenter Neumann (M75-79, 1:24:22), Ellis Andrews (M65-69, 1:09:45), Diane Leonard (F65-69, 1:23:22) and Liz Borrett (F70-74, 1:30:29) also recorded excellent times. Naumann`s and Leonard`s times were well under their A-G records set last year, and Borrett`s time was also under the age-group record.

Steve King turned in his usual polished performance as announcer and MC, and the hot coffee was certainly welcome at the finish. Thanks to RD Deb Dunham and her crew of volunteers for an excellent event. Particular thanks to Neil Macdonald and those responsible for setting and measuring the revised course on short notice.

Our next event will be the Blackwell Dairy 15K on May 29. As usual, there will be no extra charge for signing up on line - use the link on this page. There will be pancakes, strawberries, and ice cream at the finish, so I expect to see a good turnout!


Peach City Runners Blossom Ten Miler Results

May 08

Scoring and age-grading may be delayed as our scorer is on safari and we'll just have to wait until he gets off his howda.


May 04

Keddi-Anne Sherbino of Kelowna won the women's division of the Vancouver Marathon Sunday May 1 in 2:43:38. Full story at this link. Congratulations!!

The Blossom Ten Miler seems to have solved it's volunteer issue. Thanks to those who have volunteered.


The Blossom Ten Miler

April 29

The Blossom Ten Miler (Sunday May 8 in Penticton) is short of volunteers, so if you are going to be there but not racing, please offer to help out. They are particularly looking for traffic marshalls and aid station attendants. Contact the RD, Deb Dunham drdunham@shaw.ca or call her at 250-492-3905 asap.

Thanks everyone. I am planning to go, help setup, and race, and can give a volunteer a ride from Vernon.....


April 24

Grete Waitz, the great Norwegian runner who won the NY Marathon nine times, and lowered the women's world record by nine minutes over a six year period, has died of cancer at age 57. Grete was the Paula Radcliffe of the seventies and one of those most responsible for giving women's running the stature that persuaded the IOC to add a women's marathon to the 1984 LA games. Grete won a silver medal in that race, after winning the inaugural women's world championship marathon the year before. She will be missed.


RJs thoughts on the amazing Boston Marathon results:

April 20

When I heard that Geoffrey Mutai had won in the time of 2:03:02 I was sure there was some sort of error, as that is 57 seconds below the world record that Haile Gebreselassie spent years trying for and got at the flat fast Berlin course.

Knock me over with a feather, it is not only true, but Moses Mosop, running his first marathon, ran 2:03:06 for second, and Ryan Hall set an American record of 2:04:58 and finished fourth. The previous course record was 2:05:52.

Imagine breaking the world record by nearly a minute and not winning. Imagine breaking the course record by over a minute and finishing fourth. Imagine running a 4:41 pace for 26 miles and having to sprint to win. An unbelievable day. Apparently, there was a strong tailwind.

Caroline Kilel won the women's race in the relatively normal time of 2:22:36. Link to story: http://www.xtri.com/features/detail/284-itemId.511712001.html


Oliver 10K race report

April 19

Local triathletes tuned up for their soon-to-begin season by dominating the Oliver 10K, as has become usual recently. Scott Tremblay (M35-39) won for the second year in a row, and third time in five years, besting Tom Evans (M40-44) in a close race 35:24 to 35:32. Third overall was Justin Birks (M20-29) of Penticton in 35:59, and fourth was Brian Rostek(M40-44) in 36:15. Triathlete David Matheson (M40-44, 36:26) was fifth, as masters runners took 4 of the top 6 spots.

On the women's side, masters runners took the top four spots, with Cindy Rhodes (F50-54) 40:26 continuing her excellent early season form by defeating Laurelee Welder (F55-59) 43:51 and Pentictonite Jenny Ayers (F45-49) 44:38. Rhodes took twelfth overall and easily captured the age graded division in 33:36 with Welder second in 35:29 and Diane Leonard (F65-69) third in 37:39. Lynda Proce (F55-59) beat out Ayers for fourth 39:14 to 39:32.

For the men on age-grading, former Greenaway Trophy winners Ellis Andrews (M65-69) and Sergio Pio (M45-49) took the top spots. Andrews, in his first race of the year after a sojourn in Hawaii, scored an easy victory in 32:09. Pio's time of 33:04 was one tick better than Evans' 33:05, with Tremblay in fourth and Rostek fifth.

Bill Fuhrmeister sent along this photo of the winners of the M75-79 category, from left to right, Bruce Butcher 3rd, Guenter Naumann 1st, and Fuhrmeister 2nd. Naumann, who summers in Okanagan Falls and winters in Yuma, may be one of the fastest age-group runners in North America at this time, ranked 2nd overall in US Master's Track & Field in 1500 (6:37) & 3000 (14:05) metres. Also, his 5K time of 24:10 in the Great Yuma Road Race in February was good enough to beat out the 50-year-olds... Some of you may know that Bill was badly bitten on the calf by a dog while running several months ago, and the wound has finally healed well enough for him to run again. It is great to have you back, Bill.

Rookie race director Tracy Harrington and her crew of volunteers did an excellent job and the timing program seems to be sorted out now, as results came up very fast.

The series now takes a one month break before the Blossom Ten Miler on May 8. Runners need to assemble outside the SS Sicamous in Penticton by 8am in order to catch the bus to Naramata for the start. As usual, runners are encouraged to sign up on line via the link on the IRA site.

See you there. ~RJ


Oliver 10K

April 13

Congratulations to everybody who took part in the Oliver 10k. Race results are now available here and series results are linked in the left sidebar.


April 03

If you'd like to take a look at the route for the Oliver 10K a copy of the course map can be found here


BC Athletics has a budget to fund travel for BC athletes to Canadian championships.

March 30

Recipients must have a valid BC Athletics competitive membership, and be Canadian citizens or landed immigrants and BC residents for at least 6 months. There are also qualifying time requirements.

Anyone who thinks they may be able to qualify for this funding is encouraged to check out all the details on the BC Athletics website. www.bcathletics.org


Two race reports added:

March 30

2011 Spring Run Off March 20, 2011, Kamloops

Masters runners continued to impress in the third race of the 2011 series, filling three of the top six positions overall, and winning the women's division. Nathan Champness of Vernon (M20-29) ran a PB 34:41 for the overall victory, and Cindy Rhodes (F50-54) celebrated her 54th birthday by dominating the women's field by nearly three minutes over local runners Leni Meade(F35-39) and Tiffany Hornbeck (F35-39) to take the victory in 40:44.

Masters Brian Rostek (M40-44) and Rory Switzer (M50-54) took second and third in 34:45 and 36:20, and local runner Randy Nelson celebrated his entry to the M55-59 division by running his first IRA event in several years, finishing sixth overall in 38:52. These three dominated the age-graded results, with Switzer, last year's winner of the Greenaway Cup taking the win in 32:02 with Nelson 32:54 and Rostek 33:32. In the scoring for the Muckle-Gader Cup, three-time winner Rhodes continues to dominate, taking top position in 33:51, besting Laurelee Welder (F55-59), 35:49, and Diane Leonard (F65-69) 37:20.

Race attendance was slightly down from last year, which was surprising considering the good conditions, the no extra cost on-line entry system, and the Timex watches awarded as prizes. Spring might be late, but cool and overcast weather is perfect for running your fastest times. Thanks to Race Director Karen King and the Kamloops Ridge Runners.

The next race of the series is the Oliver Wine Capital 10K on April 10. This race features a new race director, so let's sign up online and get out there and support this race. See you there.

2011 Dave Reed 5K (BC Championship)

IRA representatives Cindy Rhodes and Rick Jenkner were in Vancouver March 26 for a BC Athletics meeting, which had been scheduled to coincide with the BC 5K Championships. Rhodes continued her outstanding 2011 record, by finishing second overall on age-grading, only .01% away from the victor Jim Swadling. Rhodes is now the BC Champion in the F50-54 division in a time of 19:34.

The overall pace of this race was much faster than our recent Lakeside 5K, with six runners under 16 minutes. Matt Clout (M20-34) took the win in 15:02, and Andrew McCartney (M20-34) was second in 15:38, just one tick ahead of David Palermo (M20-34). Natasha Wodak (F20-34) was first for the women in 16:53, ahead of Shauna Skinner (F20-34), 17:38, and junior sensation Tanya Humeniuk, 17:41. Of a field of 239 finishers, 74 broke 20 minutes, whereas at the Lakeside 5K, only 17 out of 255 did.

Bruce Wark of Merritt finished third in M55-59 in 18:39, ahead your president and reporter Jenkner, sixth in 20:56. Wayne Pehowich of Kamloops took tenth in M60-64 in 30:23.

This race was my first experience with the disposable timing chip (attached to the race number) and it did provide fast results, with only one error apparent at the awards ceremony. Apparently, it is cost competitive with the price to rent the regular chip. Much to the surprise of the BCA committee, there appeared to be no backup timing system in the event of a power failure or other glitch.

This was my first lower mainland race in about seven years, and it was nice to renew old acquaintances, although sadly, Dave Reed is no longer among them. Dave's brother Mark made an appearance to give out the medals.


The River's Spring Run Off 10K results

March 20

Congratulations to everybody who took part in the Spring Run Off 10K. Race results are now available here and series results are linked.


Online registrations

March 19

Online registration are now available for the April 10th Oliver 10K, sign up here; and May 8th Blossom 10 Miler, sign up here.


Penticton Lakeside 5K

March 13

Full write up of the Penticton Lakeside 5K, kindly provided by Rick is available here.


Penticton Lakeside 5K

March 08

Congratulations to everybody who took part in the Penticton Lakeside 5k. Race results are now available here and series results are linked in the left sidebar.


Starting Block 10K

February 24

Full write up of the Starting Block 10K, kindly provided by Rick is available here.


Starting Block 10K

February 14

Congratulations to everybody who took part in the Starting Block 10K. Race results are now available here and series results are linked in the left sidebar.


Starting Block 10K

February 13

Congratulations to everybody who took part in the Starting Block 10K and many thanks to all the volunteers who helped make this race a great success. Results shall be posted here asap.


Penticton Lakeside 5K - SundayMarch 6th

January 31

Online sign-up for the Penticton Lakeside 5k is now available with . If possible please register online rather than using the mail in entry available with the Lakeside information pdf.


Starting Block 10K - Sunday 13th February

January 10

Online sign-up for the Starting Block 10K run is now available. Sign me up now!


Ron's New Year's message

January 03

This will be my last as 'web guy' here, before John Wilson takes over. I want to wish everyone involved in any way with the Interior running scene all the best for 2011. May you run smart and avoid any down time in 2011. (And why is that advice so hard for competitive types to follow? To remind myself of where my eagerness, aka stupidity, has led me in the past, I prefer to say I'm 'between injuries' rather than "injury free" - if that helps.)

The 2011 Canadian Tire Interior Road Race Series schedule and the The Starting Block Cross Country Series schedule have been posted. For those who might think that racing is for the elite only, runners of all abilities are welcome at all our races (as they are at any race). Unlikely you'll ever be last across the finish line as our previous president competes for that honour!

For those thinking about taking up running as a recreational pursuit, consider joining an Interior Sun Run InTraining clinic. They start mid January in Kamloops, Kelowna, Penticton and Salmon Arm. The registration fee, ($139 plus HST) includes the Sun Run entry ($40) and both a clinic and Sun Run shirt.

SportMed BC also offers an online program for those not able to access the clinics. 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, free, online 'How to Get Started With Running' program is available at this About.com running link.

And finally there are many books available including The Beginning Runner's Handbook, the official training manual for the Sun Run. Or the book that got me and multitudes more of my generation into the sport, 'The New Aerobics' by Dr. Ken Cooper. No longer in print, but with over two million copies in circulation, it can still be found in used book stores.

Before I hand in the keys to this bus, there's one other Interior sport I'd like to shamelessly promote... although I'd agree if you consider this spam. I was introduced to it in 2008 and enjoy it every bit as much as running. It's outrigger canoe. I avoided adding the word 'paddling' because it's never a 'paddle in the park' and it's always done with effort. If you're already a runner, with a competiive bent, it's the perfect complimentary sport as it's a total core and upper body workout. There are clubs in Kamloops, Kelowna, Penticton, Salmon Arm and Vernon. The races are usually scheduled for Saturdays so no same day conflict with the IRA races. More info here.

May you all achieve your 2011 running goals. Hope to see you in Lavington.


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