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Oliver 10K race report

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

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