Peak to Beak report
Trevor Haaheim did it all this year at the Peak to Beak; taking over as race director, and then winning the race both overall and on age grading. I believe that is a first in IRA history. Having won the Bike Barn 10K two weeks earlier, it was his second win in a row as well. Congratulations, Trevor, on your great performances. Haaheim (M40-44) also won the race last year, and bettered that performance by about 2 minutes this year with 1:03:54, which age-graded at 1:00:47. It was a great day for the masters runners, as Gary Wade (M45-49) took second in 1:08:31, and Sergio Pio of Penticton was fourth in 1:09:22, only 14 seconds behind Owen Harrison (M20-29) of Kelowna.
For the women, Gary's wife Dannica Wade (F40-44) captured her first career IRA win in 1:23:10, with Tiffany Fowler (F40-44) about 90 seconds back in second. Kit Darling (F30-34) of Kelowna scored her first podium with 1:25:21 for third.
On age grading, Pio pipped the younger Wade, 1:02:20 to 1:02:26 behind Haaheim. When Hans Aabye (M35-39) failed to run the race, Pio's performance was enough for him to nip Aabye by one point (1357 to 1356) for the Greenaway Cup. Aabye had a terrific year despite that disappointment, winning 7 IRA races, plus several other non-series events. Randy Werger (M50-54) of Kelowna, who had an outstanding year himself despite a lower leg injury sustained in the Blackwell Dairy Run, was third in points with 1325, and was the only other man to score over 1300.
The first two women on age grading were also the top two finishers in Muckle-Gader Cup points as well. Liz Borrett (F70-74) celebrated her last race in the age group by capturing the victory in 1:01:21 off her 1:42:11 race time. Borrett, who was Runner of the Year in 2011, won her first Muckle-Gader Cup with 1395 points, only 5 off a perfect score. Last year's Runner of the Year and Muckle-Gader victor Diane Leonard (F65-69) was second this race at 1:03:20 from 1:35:08, and second for the Cup with 1356 points. Kelowna's Susan Templin (F60-64) took third in the race at 1:11:46 from a finish of 1:38:09. Vernon's Lynda Proce (F55-59) finished fourth to take third in points with 1345, while Templin was fourth in points with 1331. Arnie Gash (F65-69) was the only other woman to score at least 1300 points, and rates an honourable mention. Five time Cup victor Cindy Rhodes missed her shot at a sixth when was unable to run the race due to injury.
The weather gods were kind on race day as rain held off until after the awards. Thanks to RD Haaheim and the KRC for continuing to present this fitting finale to the series.
The series features a wide variety of courses, from flat to extremely hilly, and distances from 5K to Half marathon, so victory in your age group signifies a wide-ranging ability, and is really something to celebrate. Congratulations to all the age-group winners!
This will be my final race report of the year, but the IRA continues with the off road series, sponsored by the Starting Block in Vernon. The first race at Campbell Mountain has already been run, and the second goes this weekend in Summerland. This is a good race for newcomers to trail races as about half of it is on the Trans Canada Trail, so why not give it a try?
~ Rick Jenkner