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2012 news:

Schedule of events

December 26

Updated versions of the draft schedule of events for 2013. Thanks to Bill Stevens for his efforts to add Okanagan College Half Marathon to the series.

Dec 21

Peachland Beach Run

The IRA is pleased to announce that the popular Peachland Beach Run 10K will be a part of the road race series for 2013. Stay tuned for further announcements about the next season.


Events Calendar

December 15

Have Posted a 2013 draft "Events Calendar for the Interior" in Races page.


Steve King

December 08

Steve King has been named to the BC Athletics Hall of Fame, where he is described as "Athlete, Coach, Poet, Lyricist, Narrator, Author, Publisher, Educator/Guest Speaker, Counsellor, Announcer, Builder (Athletics & Triathlon)". He also has an ultra event named after him, and was IRA Runner of the Year in 1988. Steve still keeps very busy announcing running, triathlon, skiing, and other events, and will be the voice of the Penticton Challenge Triathlon. Congratulations, Steve!


IRA Award Winners

December 08

Updated versions of the draft schedule of events for 2013 and the 2012 IRA Award winners are now available.


IRA Awards

December 07

IRA awards which were not picked up at the banquet were distributed to the clubs to be taken to the local sponsoring running stores; Starting Block for Vernon area, Fresh Air Experience in Kelowna, Peach City Runners in Penticton, and Runners Sole in the Kamloops area. Please contact them or your local club. Salmon Arm awards will be in Kamloops as there was no Salmon Arm rep attending.


Schedule of events

November 28

Please check out the draft schedule of events for 2013 and the IRA Award winners for 2012. Apologies for any errors and please let Rick know of any necessary corrections.



November 27

The IRA AGM and banquet were held on Nov. 17 in Kamloops. Thanks to Sherry Sim, Kathy Wilson, Jordan Sim, Sherry Maligaspe, and the rest of the Ridge Runners organizing committee for a well presented event.


Runners of the Year

November 18

Congratulations to Diane Leonard and Rick Jenkner for becoming the IRRS Runners of the Year for 2012. Diane also won the Heidi Muckle-Gader cup as the age graded female champion. This award was first presented in 2007 and Cindy Rhodes won it then, and for the next four years.


BC Junior Team

November 13

Emmy Sim of Canoe, one of the best young runners to race in the IRA, and now coached by Bruno Mazzotta of Kamloops T&F has been named to the BC Junior team selected to represent BC at the Canadian Cross Country Championships to be held Saturday Nov. 24 at Jericho Beach Park in Vancouver.



November 11

The IRA AGM will be held at 12:30 on Saturday, November 17. 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. Pizza will be available...

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. Runners are welcome to attend, but only club reps vote on decisions.

The dinner party starts at 6 downtown. Party tickets must be purchased by Wednesday as the meals must be ordered by Thursday. Sign up on Zone 4. Thank you.

All runners are welcome to join a 10K run at 8:30 Sunday morning Nov. 18 starting from Running Room, 300-1210 Summit Drive (Columbia Place mall, sw corner of Columbia and Summit, across from Save-On Foods).


Summerland 7K

November 04

Summerland 7.4K, XC#6 results posted


Kal Park 9K

October 28

Kal Park 9.5K, XC#5 results posted


Larry Nicholas 9K

October 21

Larry Nicholas 9K, XC#4 results posted


IRA Banquet

October 19

Kamloops is once again hosting the Interior Running Association (IRA) Banquet and Awards. The date for the banquet is Saturday November 17th at 6:00 p.m. The event is being held at The Plaza Hotel this year. NEW INFORMATION: IRA Awards and Banquet Tickets can now be purchased online from zone4.ca. Click on "IRA Annual Banquet". The price is $35.00 each until November 4th and then the price rises to $40.00.

Online registration for tickets will be until Wednesday, November 14th at 11:00 pm. Rooms are available for a limited time for $89.00 per night. Check with Kathy L Wilson for further information. Please come and join us!

Further information can be obtained from Regina Black, Sherry Sim and Kathy L Wilson. Sherry Sim can be reached at Sjsimfamily@gmail.com.


Campbell Mtn 8K

October 15

Campbell Mtn 8.4K, Penticton preliminary results now posted.


Summerland XC

October 01

Take a look at this video of the Summerland XC route. It looks fantastic!



Kenna Quarter

September 29

Kenna Quarter 10.6k, Kamloops results are posted (Only show runners that completed the run)


Summerland XC

September 27

Summerland XC looks like it will be run on November 4th - just waiting for final approval. The 7(ish)km course is going to be rolling with spectacular scenary. Ideal for anyone wanting to try cross country for the first time but challenging enough for the hardcore!


Reino Keski Salmi 9.2k

September 16

Results now posted. Also posted fun Age graded results (all based on 10k tables)


Peak to Beak Race Report

September 13

The final race of the series is renowned as the toughest; a challenge to downhill, uphill, road, and trail running skills. Perhaps that is why Trevor Haaheim (M40-44) always runs it, and why he always excels. Our posted archives only go back to 2006, and in those seven years, Haaheim has won three times, been second three times, and took fifth in 2009. At the start this year, Hans Aabye (M35-39) bolted from the pack with designs on breaking his record of sub-10 minutes to the park gate, (that is for 2.2 miles, boys and girls) while Haaheim trailed at a maintainable pace, and overhauled Aabye when the younger man had a rough patch after the bridge to take a clear victory in 1:05:49, the only person to average under six minutes per mile. This time age-graded to 1:03:06, also the top time on the day. Kelowna runners captured seven of the top ten places, with Gary Wade (M45-49) in third at 1:11:16, and the top two women, Cindy Rhodes (F55-59), ninth in 1:18:34, and Stacie Carrigan (F30-35) tenth in 1:19:06. Third place woman Corinne Gable (F45-49, 1:29:38) is also from Kelowna.

The day started out cloudy and humid, but unfortunately, the skies cleared just before the start, adding the additional challenge of steamy heat to a course that provided enough challenge on its own. The only time I appreciated the sunshine was at the post-race natter and nosh, when runners were treated to a glorious view of Okanagan Lake from the lawns of Quail's Gate Vineyard and Winery. The food was almost worth running the race for, with plenty of fruit, cookies, mini cinnabuns, and pizza. Thanks to RD Brian Wrightson and the KRC for a job well done. This was the thirtieth edition of this race, and race founder Bill Stephens ran it and then treated the runners to a recap of the history, recounting the changes to the course throughout the years, and the famous runners who have won it in the past, including course record holders Phil Ellis and Cindy Rhodes. Rudy Swab had run every one of the previous 29, but missed this year, ending what must surely be the longest streak in IRA history.

Turning to the age graded scoring, Rhodes won her second race of the year in 1:03:27, over five minutes ahead of Diane Leonard (F65-69, 1:08:54), with Astrid Varga (F60-64, 1:18:15) in third. All three runners are from Kelowna. Rhodes also scored three second places on the year but failed to win her fifth consecutive Muckle-Gader Cup, as others scored in six races to her five. The trophy winner was Leonard with 1153 points (four third places to go with the second, and one fourth), with Vernon's Lynda Proce also completing an outstanding year of running by placing third in W55-59 and sixth age graded in the race to score 1139 total points for second. Arnie Gash (F65-69) was third on the year with 1112 points. An honourable mention goes to 2010 Runner of the Year Liz Borrett, who won all five of her races on age-grading.

On the men's side, Haaheim was the winner on the day as mentioned, with Wade second in 1:05:39, and Penticton's Sergio Pio (M45-49) third in 1:06:24. Pio captured his second Willis Greenaway Cup with 1163 points, ahead of Aabye, 1134, and Roly Muller (M60-64), 1128.

This correspondent had his best race of the year, dedicated to a friend with breast cancer; fourteenth overall, first in M55-59, fourth overall age graded, and finished fourth in the Greenaway standings. Since my return to racing, I have scored 4077 age graded points in 21 races, which is over 500 more than anyone else over that span. Thanks to chiropractor Clint Hallgrimson and massage therapist Sarah Robson for keeping my body in shape to race.

Congratulations to all the age group award winners! Please take a look at the posted scoring, and advise Peter Pollhammer of any errors or omissions. Don't forget that the season-ending awards banquet is in Kamloops on November 17. The series now turns to the trails, with the first race the revived Reino Keski-Salmi Memorial 10K at Larch Hills this coming Saturday, Sep. 15. Please come out and support this race so that it continues in the future!

Rick Jenkner reporting



September 10

Check out the P2B results


Kelowna Midsummer 8K Race Report

July 31

The penultimate race of the IRRS was also the final race of the Timex BC Series, and Catrin Jones (F30-34) travelled from Victoria to consolidate her position, running away with a clear victory in 29:26. John Machuga (M30-34) and Hans Aabye (M35-39) staged another edition of their season-long duel, with Machuga confirming his superiority by triumphing 27:09 to 27:42. Nate Reiter (M20-29), who along with his wife Nikki has just been confirmed as the new coaches of the UBCO cross country team, took third in 28:11. Youngsters Amy Buzikievich (F20-29) 32:16 and Michelle Blackburn (F16-19) 33:54, took their first podium placings.

Machuga took fifth in the Timex series standings, and Jones captured fourth. Due to a soccer tournament at the venue, the race was forced to move to a date which conflicted with a triathlon and a trail run, and it is a tribute to the organizers and to the loyalty of our runners that the attendance maintained from last year at 177. The associated kids run proved very popular, as the separate post attests.

Turning to the age graded stats, Bruce Wark (M60-64) of Merritt took his second victory in two races run at 25:14, with local hero Rory Switzer (M50-54) second in 25:32. Gord Carscadden made the trek from Vancouver to win M55-59 and capture third A-G in 25:52. Race winner Machuga was fifth in 26:50. On the women's side, Cindy Rhodes suffered a rare loss, as last year's Runner of the Year, Liz Borrett, helped out on the registration desk and then won (F70-74) in 43:07, which graded out at 26:54, while Rhodes won (F55-59) in 34:44 which equates to 28:29. Diane Leonard (F65-69) was third in 28:42 while winning her group in 40:59. Jones was fourth in 29:18.

With one race left, Sergio Pio has a safe lead for the Willis Greenaway Age-Graded Trophy, with Hans Aabye and Roly Muller neck and neck for second. Things are more open on the women's side, with Lynda Proce holding the edge for the Muckle-Gader Cup, although contenders Borrett, Leonard, and Laurelee Nelson have only scored 5 races. Rhodes will fail to win her fifth consecutive trophy, as she has only run 4 races so far.

Thanks to race director Ray Snitynsky and the Kelowna Running Club for a well-organized event with cinnamon buns and many draw prizes. Thanks also to BCA and Timex for the watches.

The final race of the series will be the Peak to Beak on September 9. This tough, hybrid course eases the way into our XC series which begins with the revived Reino Keski-Salmi Memorial Run in Larch Hills on Saturday, September 15. See you there!

Rick Jenkner reporting


Strong Kids Series

July 15

The Midsummer 8k results are now all posted.

The 2nd event in the Fresh Air Strong Kids Series was a huge success. Much thanks to Cindy Rhodes, Mike Clark (Fresh Air), Allie Ramchuk (YM-YWCA) and several others for their help. We had an amazing 57 kids entered, 30 of whom were in the 7 and under class! It was so much fun, not just for the kids, but for the parents and everyone watching. Some great photos are available at Lorne White Photography


Strong Kids Series

June 26

The second race in the Fresh Air Experience Strong Kids Series will take place in conjunction with the Mid Summer 8K on July15. The kid's run begins just after the finish of the 8K so that parents are able to run with their children if they wish.

We already have several entries from as far away as Calgary. Register on line at Fresh Air's website. It is www.freshair.ca



Strong Kids Series

June 12

The first race of the Fresh Air Experience Strong Kids Series took place on Sunday in conjunction with the women's 5K-10k race.  We were pleasantly surprised at the large number of kids that entered. A few days before the race we were hoping for 20 kids, then the pace picked up, in part I believe because we got some coverage in the local papers. We had an amazing 44 kids running the race, and what surprised me even more is that 60% of them were in the 7 and under age class.

We have a great team helping to put this series together - Cindy Rhodes, and Jim, Karen and Mike from Fresh Air. The next run in the Kid's series is July 15, in conjunction with the Mid-summer 8K. We're hoping to match or surpass the success of the first run. Next year we will attempt to hold races in conjunction with IRA races in other towns in the Okanagan.


Blackwell Dairy

May 27

Results for Blackwell Dairy 15k on Results Page


Fresh Air Experience Strong Kids Running Series

May 26

Fresh Air Experience, the YM/YWCA, and the Kelowna Running Club's first race in the Strong Kids Running series is just two weeks away. We are pleased to announce that every entrant will receive a special series wristband in their choice of colour. Run all three races and get 3 different coloured wristbands. (see photo) The series has 4 age classes – 7 and under (1K run), 8-10, 11-13, 14-15 (3K runs) with awards for the top 3 in each age group.

Entry fees are by donation with 100% of the proceeds going to the "Y"s Strong Kids Program. The first race in the series is June 10th. Registration and further information on the series is available at www.freshair.ca. Or at the Fresh Air Experience store.


Blossom Ten Miler race report

May 19

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!


Oliver 10K race report

May 18

While this reporter took holidays in Europe, the IRA did not take a break! Despite being held the same weekend as the Vancouver Sun Run and the Boston marathon, the Oliver race drew 159 finishers, with Kelowna's John Machuga (M30-34) making it three wins in three starts in a time of 34:08. Justin Birks of Penticton (M30-34) took second in 35:55, with Hans Aabye (M35-39) of Merritt taking third in 36:14.

For the women, Stacey Cleveland of Penticton captured her first IRA victory in an impressive 38:36, with Vernon's Sarah Clark (F40-44) taking second in 40:23 and Barbara Brych of Nelson third in 41:18.

On age grading, Liz Borrett (F70-74) captured her third win in three races run, in a time of 34:10, with Laurelee Nelson (F55-59) second in 35:04, and Diane Leonard (F65-69) third in 36:24, making it a sweep for Kelowna runners. For the men, Bruce Wark of Merritt (M60-64), who finished tenth overall in 39:24, took the victory in an impressive time of 31:41. Former winner of the Greenaway Cup, Sergio Pio (M45-49) of Penticton took second in 33:06, relegating Machuga to third in 33:44.

Thanks to Tracy Harrington and the volunteers for the event organization.

Our European correspondent sends this report from Mallorca, Spain, where Vernon athlete Ginny Sellars celebrated her 40th year with her first ultrarun, the Tramuntana Mallorca, a 60km mountain run from Valldemossa to Pollenca. In a close race with two local runners, Ginny held the lead for many kilometres, and eventually finished second in 8:19:46, just over two minutes behind, smiling, and running smoothly. She later said that she was faster on the flats, but that the locals excelled on the technical downhill sections, where there were no defined trails and much rock hopping; obviously benefitting from training on the course. Congratulations, Ginny!!


Lakeside 5K

January 31

Lakeside 5K information and online registration has now been posted. Sign up online here.


Starting Block 10K

January 29

Online registration to the Starting Block 10K is open. Please sign up here to avoid race-day fees.


Starting Block 10K

January 01

Registration now open!


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