Kelowna Running Club

Member club of BC Athletics

The Kelowna Running Club will provide opportunities for the community to participate, recreate and be educated in the sport of running at whatever level they choose.


Kelowna Runners Shine Again!

Seven of our dedicated female runners, along with coach (?) Garry Bell ran the Surf City Marathon and Half Marathon in Huntington Beach, California, on Sunday, February 7, 2016. Here are the ladies, along with a friend from Sherwood Park, Alberta, (just before they were arrested for looking suspicious).

Surf City

Even though they didn't have any heat training in their schedule, some remarkable times were posted, as follows:

Astrid Varga in the marathon was 2nd in the 65-69 age group with a time of 4:33:14.

Janice Bradshaw in the marathon with a time of 4:25:24.

Liz Borrett in the half Marathon with a time of 2:05:00, 1st place in her age group - what do you expect.

Brenda Dickson in the half marathon with a time of 2:07:45.

Becky Williams in the half Marathon with a time of 2:12:54.

Charlotte Heidt in the half Marathon with a time of 2:13:05.

Sandy Wike in the half Marathon with a time of 2:16:39.

and the LAST Kelowna runner, behind the Kelowna women, Garry Bell with a time of 2:21:01 in the half marathon.  He likely held back so he could sweep the course.  Now Garry has to remain in California for 3 weeks to recover enough to travel home.

No doubt Liz will come home inspired. She has able to watch 89 year old Dorothy Joy, who completed the 2016 Surf City Half Marathon in 3:49:09. Dorothy ran Surf City with her family – representing 4 generations!

Congratulations to all.  We're sure they went to enjoy the experience and not because Matt Damon was running.

Annual General Meeting

The annual general meeting for the Kelowna Running Club will be held on Friday, February 12, 2016, at 6:00 P.M. at the Enviromental Education Center in the Mission Creek Regional Park, 2363 Springfield Road, Kelowna. A pot luck meal will be served.

All interested runners and walkers are encouraged and welcome to attend. We are seeking some new board members, especially some with less grey hair than currently present.  If you are interested or know someone you feel would do a good job as a board member, please discuss this with an existing board member.

Don't forget to signup for your 2016 club membership, if you have not done so already.  A regular membership only costs $35, for which you will receive a $20 gift certificate, courtesy of Fresh Air Experience/Concepts.  You may sign up online.

The agenda is as follows:

2016 KRC Annual General Meeting Agenda 

Friday February 12, 2016 6 PM

  1. 1.       WELCOME
  3. 3.       APPROVAL OF AGENDA
  4. 4.       APPROVAL OF February 11, 2015 AGM Minutes
  5. 5.       REPORTS:
  • ·         President’s Report.................................................................... Jennifer Spencer
  • ·         Membership Report.................................................. Liz Borrett/Diane Leonard
  • ·         Treasurer’s Report............................................................................ Al Gillespie
  1. 6.      NEW BUSINESS
  • ·         2016 at a Glance………………………………………………………….Jennifer Spencer   
  • ·          New Board Nominations and election........................................................... All
  • ·         Setting new Quorum for Executive meetings............................ Jennifer Spencer
  1. 7.      NEXT MEETING
  • ·         February , 2017

Location TBA

More Kelowna Racing Opportunities

 Run Like the Irish

In addition to the IRA races there will be some other great racing opportunities in Kelowna this spring.

For those who don't participate in the IRA race series, the second annual Run Like the Irish 5k and 10k run/walk is a fun occasion to celebrate your Irish heritage or to pretend to be Irish, while having run and supporting a worthy cause.  For those who will run the Spring Runoff 10k in Kamloops on March 6, 2016, this race will help you from becoming stale.  Join the Kelowna Professional Firefighters Charitable Society for the 2nd annual Run Like the Irish 5K and 10K run/walk and a kid’s event (Run to the Blarney Stone) on Saturday, March 12, 2016, in Kelowna. The run starts at the EECO Centre on the Greenway on Springfield Road and heads east – an out and back scenic course. There are awesome door prizes including “win your weight in beer” and many others. The t-shirts are great – performance shirts in both men’s and women’s sizes. Register online at or at the Running Room store on Cooper. All proceeds for the run go to the Kelowna Professional Firefighters Charitable Society – a charity which gives 100% of every dollar it raises back into the community and to the Burn Fund for burn survivors.

On Saturday, June 4, 2016, the Hungry Hungry Half Marathon will be held starting at the Apple Bowl in the Parkinson Recreation Park off Clement.  Runners will wind their way down Clement Avenue towards the lake, run along the lake towards Gyro Park and back.  There will be fun aid stations and music along the route.  As well, there will be tons of prizes for everything from the fastest runners to the silliest food related costumes.  All proceeds will be donated to the Kelowna Food Bank.  Registration is through

On June 19, 2016, Fresh Air Experience/Concepts will again put on the annual Women's 5k/10k race in Kelowna.  Details are being finalized.  Watch for the race website coming soon.

2016 Road Race Series

Road Race Start

The dates for the 2016 Interior Running Association road race series have been set. There will be 9 road races again in 2016, with 3 being sponsored by the Kelowna Running Club.

The Okanagan College half marathon has been replaced with EK's Grill 5k, to be held on May 22, 2016.

The Fresh Air Midsummer 8k will be held on July 3, 2016. This event is part of B.C. Athletics’ Championship series, this year and next.

The Fresh Air Hard Knox 12k has been moved to August 14, 2016.

For those of you who are not familiar with the IRA road race series, this is a series of road races, with distances from 5k to a half marathon, held up and down the Okanagan Valley, from Oliver to Kamloops. Run them for fun and/or compete in various categories.  There is also a cross country series, held in the fall.  details are still pending.

In addition to overall male and female winners, there are two other categories to tease your competitive juices.  There are age group competitions, where runners compete against others in their gender and age group (e.g. male age 60 to 64). The best 6 races for each runner are counted.  As well, there is an age graded category for men and women.  The race time for each runner is adjusted based on their birth date.  A set of internationally accepted factors is used to level the playing field.  These factors are adjusted every few years and are based on the best times in the world of male and female runners of every age.  Again, a runner’s best 6 races are counted.  Winners of these categories are presented with awards at the end of the season, to supplement bragging rights. There is also an award for those who complete in each race in the series.  These dedicated runners receive the Iron Legs award.

So once you are done with all the food and drink of the festive season, it is time to start training for the first race, namely the Starting Block 10k to be held in Lavington on February 14, 2016.

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