Kettle Valley Railway Run
Next Saturday, August 8, 2015, is the popular annual Kettle Valley Railway run. While the regular start time of 7:30 applies, a group of runners are going to do an early start at 7:00 in order to run 24 kilometers. The starting point is at the parking lot at the beginning of the railway, off McCulloch Road (the turnoff is past KLO Creek). Run the famous trestles and tunnels and enjoy the amazing views, while visiting with great people - runners. It's an out and back, so you pick your distance.
Coffee, tea, juice and goodies will be available at the parking lot at about 9:00, as we enjoy the usual runners' camaraderie. It is pot luck so if you can bring a little something that would be great, but if not we would still like to see you there. Nutritious items are encouraged, but, oddly enough, gorbies always seem to disappear.
Please join us for this flat run.
Fresh Air Hard Knox Challenge
This could be you!
The Kelowna Running Club is proud to sponsor the final race of The Canadian Tire Road Race Series and the first race of the Starting Block Cross-Country Series, all wrapped up in one! The Club is replacing the old Peak to Beak 18 kilometer race with the new and exciting Fresh Air Hard Knox Challenge 12k and the race results will be counted in both the road race and the cross-country race series.
The route starts at the entrance to Knox Mountain Park in the north end of Kelowna at the end of Ellis Street and includes a lakeshore run to the Delta Grand and back and then to Paul’s Tomb (one of the best trails in the Kelowna area). Then a fast finish along Poplar Point Road, Downhill and then flat, back to the start.
There are also races within the race! The first we are calling the Knox Grind. After returning from the Delta Grand runners will race up the Apex trail to the first lookout. The fastest male and female runners within this timed section will win Mizuno runners generously donated by Fresh Air Experience/Concepts. The second timed race within the race is the Miracle Mile, a flat mile along Poplar Point Road.
Following the race, participants will enjoy a free BBQ sponsored by EK Grill. For a small charge your friends and family may also enjoy this treat.
So please join us on Sunday, September 20, 2015. To register go here.
If you are new to road running in and around Kelowna, you may be asking yourself where is a good place to run. While many great routes are run on our early Saturday morning club runs, here are a number of suggestions for the rest of the week. This list is by no means exhaustive, but do represent a good sampling of great places to run. These suggestions encompass routes that have great scenery and/or limited vehicle traffic. Not all of the roads have much of a shoulder so, as always, run facing traffic and stay alert.
The most popular running route is the Mission Park Greenway. This gravel packed route follows the Mission Creek from Lakeshore Road upstream 16 kilometers. It is a gentle rise, at least for the first 12 kilometers. The last 4 kilometers encompass some stairs. If looking for a scenic run that is slightly longer than 6 kilometers, park in the lot along the creek at the end of Hollywood Road South and run upstream to the stairs and back. Gorgeous and peaceful.
A route that encompasses running and sightseeing is the Kettle Valley Railway. To commence your run at the start of the railway, drive up KLO to McCulloch and follow McCulloch out of the city over KLO Creek and watch for signs directing you to Kettle Valley Railway. This is very flat, over gravel packed road and wooden train trestles. You even get to run through a couple of tunnels and the view back towards Kelowna is fantastic.
Another great route is along Valley Road in the Glenmore district. The lower portion of Valley Road has a separate running/biking path and most of the remaining suggested route has a bike path along the shoulder of the road. Follow Valley Road up from Summit Drive to Curtis, right on Curtis to Sexsmith, left on Sexsmith to Mail, then right on Longhill back to Valley and left back to the beginning. This would be approximately 11 kilometers. To shorten the run to about 8 kilometers, park at one of the strip malls on Kane and run to Valley and turn left and use the previous directions. For the most part the hills on this route are moderate, although the run down Longhill is a little longer and steeper.
For a run through the orchards of South East Kelowna, park at the junction of KLO, McCulloch and East Kelowna Road. Run down East Kelowna Road to Reid, then up Reid to Pooley, left on Pooley to Bemrose, up to Reekie and then straight down Reekie through to and down McCulloch back to the start. There are limited shoulders on the road, but traffic is light, except on McCulloch, where there is a bike path. There is a short, steep uphill on Reid and the last part of the run down McCulloch is a steep downhill. Distance is just under 7 kilometers.
There are a few routes out of City Park in downtown Kelowna. There is parking at City Park (free on weekends and holidays). Some runners turn right at the lake and run along the lake front past the Kelowna Yacht Club, along the boardwalk through the Rotary Marshes to Sunset Drive. A return from here would result in a 4 kilometer run. To extend that run to over 6.5 kilometers, turn left on Sunset to Manhatten, right on Manhatten to Ellis and left on Ellis to the entrance to Knox Mountain Park.
Others turn left at the lake in City Park, pass under the highway, run up Lake to Abbott and follow Abbott. At the end of Abbott you can turn right on Cedar to Walnut, follow Walnut to Watt and run to the popular Gyro Park. A turn around part way through Gyro Park will result in an 8 kilometer run. A good portion of Abbott has a separate running/biking path and the rest of Abbott has a bike path. Very flat and limited traffic.
Finally, for a run in West Kelowna start at the junction of Highway 97 and Campbell Road and follow Campbell Road to Bendick. The hills are moderate, the traffic light and there is a bike path on Campbell Road. If you turn around at the end of Bendick, the total run would be just under 6 kilometers. Continuing past Bendick on the trail along a lake to the parking lot would extend this to just over 8 kilometers. Continuing beyond the parking lot to Sunnyside would extend the run to almost 10 kilometers.
If you are interested in trail running you can obtain trail bike maps from Fresh Air Experience/Concepts at either one of their Kelowna locations. Just watch out for the bikes!
B.C. Athletics recently awarded the Kelowna Running Club the provincial championship for the 8k distance for 2016 and 2017. This will be the Fresh Air Midsummer 8k, to be held in early July each year. This championship race is guaranteed to attract several elite runners.