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 Sweep!

 Roly Muller

A couple of months ago an article was posted on this site declaring that Kelowna athletes won Age Graded Scoring for both the males and the females.  It was quickly pointed out that while our Roly Muller had completed the required 6 races and was in first place, there was another runner who had completed 5 races and needed to do little more than show up at the Fresh Air Hard Knox to take over first place.

The Interior Running Association’s Canadian Tire Road Racing series is now complete and Kelowna athletes indeed won Age Graded Scoring for both the females and the males.  Just goes to demonstrate the predictive powers of your venerable Web Master (Blue Jays - World Series winner in 6).

Liz Borrett was first age graded in all 8 of her races.  Roly Muller won his category with one first, 4 seconds and a third.  He credited his win in the series to his competition not showing up for the Fresh Air Hard Knox! Maybe dedicated training had something to do with it.

Roly plans to follow up his first place M60-64 showing in the final road race with trail races on September 27 and on October 4, participating in The Interior Running Association trail running series.  Then on Thanksgiving weekend he is off to Victoria to compete in his first full marathon in many years, in the Goodlife Fitness Victoria Marathon.  Roly has completed several marathons, all under 3 hours.  But he was 31 when he completed his last.  His age has now doubled, but we trust his race time doesn’t do the same!

Meanwhile, Liz, fresh from her European trip (and looking a little Italian), has plans for a month of racing in October, including a full marathon on Thanksgiving weekend (BMO International Marathon – Kelowna) and a 10k and a half marathon at the Vancouver Rock’n’Roll on October 24 and 25.  Too bad there isn’t also a full marathon that weekend!

While many of us train to race, it appears these 2 race to train!  We wish them good luck in their continued quest for running greatness.

The following Kelowna athletes placed first in this year’s female age category scoring, namely Kendall Cowley, F20-29, Karis Shearer, F35-39, Rosalie Swart, F45-49, Sally Heinrick, F50-54, Cindy Rhodes, F55-59, Sandra Wike, F60-64, Astrid Varga, F65-69, Diane Leonard, F70-74 and Liz Borrett, F75-79.

On the men’s side the Kelowna athletes who won their age group were Michael Serani, M20-29, Randy Goncalves, M40-44, Kris Malczynski, M55-59 and Roly Muller, M60-64.  Come on guys – our ladies are really showing us up!

Congratulations to these Kelowna runners, as well as to all the runners who participated in this year’s road running series.  We are looking for more great racing in 2016.


Fresh Air Hard Knox Race Report

Fresh Air Hard Knox Winners

The Fresh Air Hard Knox 12k was held on Sunday, September 20, 2015, and by all accounts was a great success. There were 118 participants.

The overall winner was Kelowna newcomer Brad Bickley, followed by a couple of familiar finishers, namely 17 year old Sean Bergman and veteran Trevor Haaheim.  Fifteen year old Chantel Jeffrey, of BlindBay, B.C. led the women, followed by Kelowna’s Pana Athanasopoulos and Penticton’s Marie-Josee Bedard.  The age graded winners were Trevor Haaheim, Sean Bergman and Brad Bickley, for the men, and Liz Borratt, Diane Leonard and Gloria Woolner for the women. 

Brad and Chantel each received a free pair of Mizuno shoes from Fresh Air Experience and a Growler from Tree Brewing.  Brad also received another pair of Mizuno shoes as a door prize. (Hope he doesn’t think he will be allowed to hoard all the great prizes in the future).

Brad’s great showing will, in all probability, lead to a ramp up of training by our local gazelles.

Lots of fun was had with the races within the race, namely the challenging Knox Hill Grind up the Apex Trail and the Miracle Mile along Poplar Point Drive to the finish. Brad and Chantel won these events as well, while the age graded winners were Brad Bickley and Liz Borratt for the Grind and Diane Leonard and Sean Bergman for the Mile.

No mishaps were reported.  Indeed, it appears that the only crash was by your venerable Web Master.  Riding a bicycle too fast, with a traffic cone in your right hand and your left hand on the brake is not the smartest thing to do.  Should leave bicycle somersaults to Cirque du Soleil.  In any event blood loss was minimal.

Attendees donated $175 to the Terry Fox Run.  The Club will contribute a further $125.  Thanks to all who donated.

The support of our sponsors is very much appreciated.  We wish to especially thank Jim Bates and Fresh Air Experience/Concept for their financial support, as well as for four pairs of Mizuno shoes and other door prizes they donated, and Bill Justice and EK's Grill for all the great food, as well as many door prizes they contributed.  Bill also designed and marked the course.  We also thank Tree Brewing, Eco Water, McDonalds and the City of Kelowna for their contributions.

Of course the efforts of all our volunteers are much appreciated.  Without them we could not pull off this event.  The runners were very complimentary of the volunteers.

KelownaNow posted a great article, as well as a photo gallery.  Look how hard they all are working going up the Grind, yet how fast they fly on Poplar Point Drive.  Runners are amazing!


 Larry Nicholas Memorial Cross-Country Race

Larry Nicholas Starters

The annual Larry Nicholas Cross-country Race will be held in Mission Creek Regional Park on Springfield Road in Kelowna on Sunday, November 1, 2015.  All proceeds go to the Larry Nicholas Memorial Fund.

The day starts with 9k race and a 4k fun run, both beginning at 10 A.M.  The course loops among the trees and through the scenic hills above Mission Creek.  Following these races a series of shorter races will be held for children up to the age of 12, part of the Interior Running Association Strong Kids initiative.

You may register online.  If you are not racing please consider volunteering.  You may do so online as well.  Otherwise email the race director, Cindy Rhodes

Join us after the races for food, prizes and the usual great runners’ fellowship (no bears allowed).

All New Pub Run

Pub Run Participants

A team of 6 is all you need to take part in this no-holds-barred, unofficial end of the racing season in Kelowna.  The annual pub run will be held Sunday, November 15, 2015.

A new route as been laid out this year.  Gone are the hills.  Your team of 6 will divide up the 29k route.  The run starts and finishes at EK's Grill on Glenmore Avenue in Kelowna.  A delicious lunch is to be enjoyed by all after the run.  There are 3 menus to choose from and all meals come with a glass of Laid Back lager beer or a 6 oz. glass of red or white wine.

Entry is limited to 18 teams, so don’t delay.  Teams have missed out in the past.  The sooner your entry has been accepted the sooner you can start training for the beer guzzling component of the run.  Remember, this run is not about speed, but costumes and guzzling!

You can download the information brochure and application form, the menu and the map.  If you wish greater detail, you view the map online.

There are no marshals or flaggers.  Watch for traffic and obey the rules of the road. 

Please note that you must submit your team members’ menu selection with your application so that EK's Grill can be prepared.  If you have any questions email Nathan Larente .  If you wish your non-running significant other to join you for lunch (at a cost of $20) contact Nathan.  Please note these extra spaces are limited, so first come, first served.

Membership Special

If you are not currently a member of the Kelowna Running Club do we have a deal for you.  For a net cost of $15 not only will your fee for 2016 be covered, but you will be entitled to all the membership benefits for the balance of 2015.  While the cost of joining is $35, you will receive a $20 gift certificate from Fresh Air Concept/Experience in Kelowna, as well as be entitled to a 10% discount on all purchases at Fresh Air. To check out all the benefits of membership and to join check out our Membership and Benefits page.  You won't regret it.  Guaranteed!


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