Peak to Beak 18K You are invited to sign up and receive a free bottle of wine, offered to the first hundred runners who register early True, similarities between the 18K Peak to Beak race on September 21 and the popular Ogopogo are few.
|The innocuous lake monster with its undulated and rolled back can be quite elusive.
Maybe a bit elusive, but undulating, rolling and definitely classic is the course itself, starting at the top of Knox Mountain, leading runners through City Park and across the bridge. Runners slowing their pace on the bridge, from where Ogopogo has reportedly been spotted, might catch a glimpse of the cryptic creature. Past the bridge, runners follow Campbell road to Kalamoir Park. A nice climb leads up to Sunnyside road and Quails’ Gate.
The finish will be at Quails’ Gate, but not before the runners run down to the lake and back up the hill. If you just run to finish the race or race to win a coveted medal, the 18K Peak to Beak race might become your best running experience. Online sign-up Zone4
Race information Peak to Beak >>
Kelowna Midsummer 8K race Results >>
Vancouver runners top
Vancouver runners clearly ruled at this year’s Midsummer 8K race Adam Byles in the division M 30-34 was the winner overall in 25:13 “I was trying to get out hard and to hang in there,” he says. “It was an interesting race. I run lots on the track and liked the forth-and-back and it’s flat.” Kevin O’Connor, also from Vancouver, finished second in 25:56. Fastest Kelowna runner and third overall was Jeff Vogt in 27:56. Full story >>
Winner Natasha Wodak from Vancouver in 28:07
Liz showing her Boston Marathon trophy and some of her numerous medals.
|Boston Marathon winner touts Midsummer 8K race She ran over 35 Half Marathons and 6 or 7 Full Marathons Liz Borrett doesn’t exactly remember how many she ran, but she won most of them in her age group. Her most impressive win was the age group win over 75 at the 2014 Boston Marathon. What does she think of the Kelowna Midsummer 8K race: “I actually find the longer distances easier while in the 8K I just can get going. It takes me a little while to kind of settle in and then the race is over,” she says. “The 8K is a wonderful race to be introduced to running, it’s an easy distance and to be part of the culture of running.” Liz will run the Midsummer 8K this year. “The 8K is an excellent way to get into running,” she adds. “Take the focus away of your time and put the focus on the success of the accomplishment, it’s easy and doable.”|
Canada Day 10K Beach Run, Peachland Results >>
Jeff Vogt wins the Blackwell Dairy 15K race in Kamloops in 56:33. Susan Templin F60-64 in 1:21:29 and Peter Pollhammer M70-74 in 1:14:10 won their age group. 123 runners finished the race compared to 155 finishers a year ago. Where are all the runners? Sunday, May 25, 2014 Results >>
Cindy Rhodes triumphs at the Blossom 10 Miler in Penticton, winning the women's division in 1:07:51 Jeff Vogt is the overall winner in 57:58 A great day for our runners. The age group winners Susan Templin, F 60-64 in 1:24:12, Diane Leonard, F 65-69 in 1:23:43, Liz Borrett, F 75-79 in 1:28:11, Rory Switzer, M 50-54 in 59:59 (3rd overall), Roly Muller, M 60-64 in 1:09:08, Brian Rourke, M 65-69 in 1:11:57 and Peter Pollhammer, M 70-74 in 1:18:02 completed the victorious Sunday for the Kelowna Running Club. May 11, 2014 Full Results >>
Blossom 10 Miler in Penticton. Cindy, in the lead of the women's division, powers to the finish line.
Make your IRA race results count Members of an IRA club are eligible for Interior Running Asssociation awards. Membership and benefits >>
Volunteering for new KRC members
Strong resurgence of Hans Aabye at the River's Spring Run Off 10K race in Kamloops winning in 32:37 and defeating Penticton 5K winner Sean Bergman (M16-19) from Kelowna, the runner-up with 34:03.
A great race showed KRC member Cindy Rhodes from Kelowna on her birthday. Cindy (F55-59) finished in 42:45 taking second place behind Delilah Topic (F 35-39) also from Kelowna. Further KRC age group winners from Kelowna were Colleen Evans (F45-49), Janice Bradshaw (F50-54), Susan Templin (F60-64), Diane Leonard (F65-69), Liz Borrett (F75-79), RJ Dueck (M45-49), Brian Rourke (M65-69) and Peter Pollhammer (M70-74). 125 runners, 62 women and 63 men, almost evenly split, finished the race on Sunday, March 16. Results >>
Teenagers win over top runners Sean Bergman from Kelowna (M16-19) wins in 16:05 over serial winner Hans Aabye from West Kelowna (M35-39) who finished the Penticton Lakeside 5K in 16:08.
Hannah Bennison from Vernon (F 1-15) triumphs with a time of 18:22 over Christy Lovig from Kelowna. Christy finished with a time of 18:33. March 2, 2014 Full results>>
Hannah, left, shoulder to shoulder with KRC member Christy, striving for the 5K win.
Interior Running Association race series 2014 More >>
Outstanding performances of our athletes, hundreds of hours volunteer work and the untiring work of our executives make the Kelowna Running Club a widely recognized sports club in the Okanagan. Our club is well-known for its Saturday goats’ runs for runners and walkers alike and weekly runs as the Creekers and the Nooners. We may include the social Pub Run.
The KRC organizes the high level and fast Midsummer 8k race, the challenging Peak to Beak 18k race, the Larry Nicholas memorial 9k cross country race with a 4k fun run, and successfully added the strong Kids series. We make races possible for all ages and levels. The entry fees are minimal but the medals, the after run food and prices are incomparable, and runners from in- and outside the valley flock to our runs.We can only do it with a strong and growing membership, currently over one hundred, and kindly ask you to renew or sign up as a member. The Kelowna Running Club needs you and your contribution. Please sign up, using our form or through Zone4. Many thanks to all who already renewed their membership or signed up as a new member.Who is a KRC member? For a complete list go to Members. Membership and benefits>>
KRC videos and reports
Approaching the finish:
After running 18k, down from Knox Mountain, through the city, across the bridge up to Quails' Gate, down to the lake, the fastest runners approach the finish. Watch runners and running techniques. Watch the runners you recognize.
A perfect event The Midsummer 8k race attracts runners from across the province and from other provinces. A beautiful Sunday morning, a new course, and a cheering crowd made this year’s race a perfect event. The video presents the race as it developed, from the warm up to the start and finish. The runners and most of all the kids were the great performers.
Two remarkable athletes Long time KRC members Annick deGooyer and Cindy Rhodes met for a Sunday morning run, up Summit road. They paused at the gazebo Dilworth/Summit. The two remarkable athletes, used to always give more than their best, talk about running, membership and the three popular races organized by the Kelowna Running Club. A video to watch and to promote the KRC.
For more of last year's races and race reports go to The Crypt >>
About the Goats' Runs
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Goats' Runs Schedule
Weekly with maps All runs for August >>
Upcoming KRC must-go events
- September 21, Peak to Beak 18K race
- October 23, Volunteer appreciation
- November 2, Larry Nicholas memorial 9K
- November 16, Pub Run
- November 29, Christmas Party
KRC website-editor replacement As the editor of the Kelowna Running Club website I gave myself two years to edit and to improve the KRC website. I am amazed how fast the time went by, and true to my goal I am going to be relieved as a website-editor by the end of this year. I have enjoyed, and I am honored to have served the Kelowna Running Club.
I would like to help with the transition so that the website continues to function smoothly. I am available to help recruit and train my replacement and will make sure that all reporting will be updated before I leave. Please contact the writer, should you have any questions, concerns or be interested in editing the KRC website: Shawn Baenziger
Festive inauguration New winners podium for the Kelowna Running Club l.t.r KRC president Brian Wrightson, RJ Dueck, Liz Borrett, freshly engaged Michelle Sinclair, Diane Leonard and Trevor Haaheim. The winners podium was Shawn Baenziger's farewell gift to the KRC. He asked to be relieved as website editor. Runners and non-runners willing to take over his task are encouraged to come forward and to contact one of our board members.
Michelle’s Talk Michelle Sinclair recommends known and lesser known events our runners might already know or be interested to try out and talks about events: 5th Annual JLB Memorial Run Midway, BC Read >>
Trail Runs Dan Crockett will no longer host the trail runs “Attendance has dwindled to a few and it is difficult for me to commit to a time and place just to see if anyone shows up!" Read >>
Running, more than a sport For many runners running isn't just exercise One of our avid readers asked to post the article published in the Impact Magazine how our Kelowna runners Corinne Gable and Jim Lawrence manage to walk-run with implanted cardioverter-defibrillators. Read >>
For contributions to our website, please contact The Editor >>
Weekday Runs with the Creekers or the Nooners
Run with a companion Liz Borrett's
loyalty and devotion to running and marathon success. Full Story >>
Fresh Air Concept/Experience, one of our main sponsors, offers clinics right through the running season >>
Enthusiastic young runners start to the Midsummer Kids' race 2014
IRA getting people to run
The Interior Running Association held a promotional workshop on Saturday at the Okanagan College in Kelowna. Running club representatives from Penticton, Vernon and Kelowna met to share ideas how to increase runner participation and running awareness. “The IRA is a great resource for runners of all levels,” says Cindy Rhodes, interim president. John Wilson, webmaster, adds: “The Interior Running Association is a great place to meet and to get to know people.”
Topics of the workshop included current promotion of events and clubs, option for publicity, working with teams and volunteers, followed by exercises on web technologies, sports photography and writing sports stories.
The participants left with new tools to promote events and participation throughout the year.
Workshop participants: Cindy Rhodes, Shawn Baenziger, RJ Dueck, Colleen Evans (front row), Aaron Barry, John Machuga, Peter Pollhammer, Michael Serani, Stephen Joyce, John Wilson (back row, l.t.r.). March 15, 2014
The Kids' race success >>
Practice makes perfect holds true for these young kids. Participating in the kid’s race series and starting sports in early childhood make children proud of their accomplishments. Read >>
Strong Kids' Race Sunday, November 3, 2013 Results >>
Cindy Rhodes and Peter Pollhammer
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