Blossom Ten Miler race report
If you are a runner in the interior, you know Trevor, or the other Trevor, or both Trevors. Which is which depends on where you are from; Vernon, or Kelowna. Both have won a lot of races, with the younger one holding the expected edge, but it is never easy! No difference this time, as the younger Trevor Haaheim (M40-44) prevailed over Trevor Jordan (M45-49) 56:00 to 57:43. Hans Aabye (M35-39) who held the early lead, hung on for third. Jordan, who is training for the Coeur d'Alene marathon at the end of the month, ran his fastest time on the course since 2005, and captured first age-graded at 52:31 to Haaheim's 53:26. Sergio Pio (M45-49), who was fifth overall, took third in 53:35.
With a return to normal race scheduling of the Sun Run, the Bare Bones Duathlon was again held on the day before the Blossom, and several stalwarts competed in both, including women's race winner Rachel Kiers of Vancouver (F30-34) 1:06:21, who was second overall woman in the du. The amazing Cindy Rhodes (F55-59) finished strongly to take second in 1:07:31 and join Allan Kerr in holding five age group records for the race, breaking the old mark by about 6 minutes! Strictly speaking, the old mark still stands as a record for the unrevised course, as the 2011 course was used again in 2012. Having run both courses, I find the new version slightly easier and faster, although this is not a universal viewpoint. Rhodes' time is all the more remarkable in view of her having run the Vancouver marathon (in 3:11, first in her age group and twentieth overall) only a week earlier, and the Boston marathon three weeks before that! Danita Schreiber (M45-49) of Kelowna captured her first podium finish in 1:12:02.
Another amazing performance was turned in by last year's Runner of the Year, Liz Borrett of Kelowna (F70-74) who broke her own age group record by over two minutes with 1:28:03, which gave her the age graded win over Rhodes (54:57 to 55:23). Rhodes' sister Laurelee Nelson (F55-59) was third in 58:56. Kiers was eighth and Schreiber sixth.
The weather was lovely; clear, calm, and not too hot, and the organization by RD Deb Dunham and the Penticton Pounders was flawless, including a pancake breakfast by the Lion's club, and flowers for the mothers. One hundred and sixty-four runners finished, which is a significant increase from 2011. Thanks to everyone!
The next race is the Blackwell Dairy 15K in Barnhartvale on May 27. Sign up via the link on the home page. See you there!