Kelowna Running Club

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.

EK's Grill Heart & Stroke 5K

This is a new 5km road race along the streets of Glenmore in Kelowna taking place on Sunday the 31st May. Click here to register.


A celebration of Kelowna Runners

We're looking forward to celebrating Kelowna Runners this summer with a bonfire, BBQ and games on the 6th June. Take a look at the invite here and let us know if you can join the fun.


Website update

We're just putting the finishing touches to our updated website and shall be going live with the revamped version very soon. Keep an eye on this space!


Larry Nicholas memorial run
November 2, 2014

Peak to Beak 18K 
Runners and people >>  

fittest According to recently released data by Statistics Canada, Kelowna has the fittest population with the lowest level of obesity across the nation. 

A strong year Where we improved and where we lost, slightly maybe. We may say we greatly improved. The races went well, with more competitors this year than last year in every of our three races but the Peak to Beak race. The executives located a few weak spots to work on, and predicting next year’s Peak to Beak race will attract more runners appears to be a safe bet.

The numbers of the participants show the Midsummer 8K 2014 in the lead with 183 finishers, compared to 148 runners in 2013, followed by the Larry Nicholas run with 97 runners this year, compared to 88 runners last year. Third place, so to speak, takes the Peak to Beak race with 94 runners compared to 117 runners in 2013. Overall, 21 or 6 % more runners took part in this year’s races. IRA race attendance>>

A review would not be complete without mentioning the contribution of all our runners with their marvelous individual performances, our weekly runs, the social events and the members of our club.

Sign up or renew your KRC membership 2015 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 with the Creekers and the Nooners. We may include the Pub Run, our coveted Christmas Party and social events throughout the year.

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 through Zone4>> 
The Kelowna Running Club needs you and your contribution. For questions please contact Diane Leonard or Liz Borrett, Many thanks to all of you who already renewed their membership or signed up as a new member. Who is a KRC member? For a complete list go to Members. 

Larry Nicholas 9K memorial cross country race

13-year-old Chantel Jeffrey outruns successful racers at Larry Nicholas
A younger generation of runners appears to overtake successful older runners. Likely inspired by the presence of Olympian Malindi Elmore at the race, 13-year-old Chantel Jeffrey wins the women’s division at this year’s Larry Nicholas memorial 9K race. It's a glorious Sunday albeit a bit crisp and Chantel comments: “It was really chilly but the finish was nice because it was all downhill.”
Overall winner and not quite ready to give up his dominance was Trevor Haaheim from Kelowna. “I think I started out harder last year," he says. “This year I was on my own most of the way, maybe not as fast in the first half but steadier.” Age group winners from Kelowna were: Trevor Haaheim (M40-44), Nathan Champness (M30-34), John Machuga (M35-39), Gary Wade (M45-49), Ken Reid (M50-54), Roly Muller (M60-64), Rene-Claude Rioux (M20-29), Jackie Johnston (F35-39), Barb Pullon (F55-59), Karis Shearer (F30-34) and Talston Scott (M16-19). 50 women and 47 men finished the 9K race. Results>>

Olympian Malindi Elmore will start the 31st Larry Nicholas run “It’s an honour to be asked to start the race and especially a race that has such a legacy as really the cross country race in Kelowna,” she says. “There is an emotion to it because we are remembering Larry Nicholas from 31 one years ago, who lost his life too young. I am really happy to be part of it.” Full interview with Malindi What she thinks about kids and sports, how she got into running, the way she manages pain in races and what her plans for the future are. Read>>


Apple Bowl high schoold meets 1996 with Malindi in the lead. Malindi started off with a variety of sports. 

Donna's teahouse, a world we only know from fairytale books.
Charming teahouse helps bursary 
Going to Donna Nicholas’ house is like entering another world a world we only know from fairytale books and never thought it would exist in our hectic world. In the back of her main house stands this beautifully adorned teahouse with a welcome gate and smoke billowing out of the chimney on this cool fall day afternoon.

Sitting at the top of the table, looking at you with vivid eyes, carefully thinking what to say, her answers often interrupted with a hearty laugh, Donna explains and tells how she has been augmenting the Larry Nicholas bursary for more than 30 years, often funded by donations she receives at her charming teahouse.

Donna Nicholas is the hub and center of the Larry Nicholas memorial bursary Read full story>>

32nd Peak to Beak 18K  Results>>

No opportunity for Trevor Haaheim's opponents  He wins the demanding Peak to Beak 18K race for the seventh time. “I just kept going, not too tough and slowed down a bit downtown,” speaking modestly about his accomplishments. “I didn’t really push the pace anywhere.” Second place took Jeff Vogt followed by Jake van Allen, both from Kelowna.
Cindy Rhodes wins the women’s division. Like Trevor, Cindy won the race several times. “I don’t know how often, I’m doing this race since 1989,” the affable athlete says. “I really didn’t expect to win; it’s all strategy and strength.” Full story>>

Kelowna Midsummer 8K race Results >>

Adam Byles crossing the finish line, winner of the Midsummer 8K race in 25:13

Vancouver runners top

By Shawn Baenziger

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

KRC member Jeff Vogt, third overall in 27:56  

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.”

Liz Borrett wins New York Marathon!!!
After winning the Boston Marathon, our KRC member Liz Borrett wins the New York Marathon on November 2, 2014 in the age group women 75-79 in 4:16:39. What an extraordinary achievement of this great Kelowna runner. Congratulations! Congratulations! Congratulations! 
Results Search>>
Congrats to Liz, Chris et al. in NYC. You did us proud!!! Brian Wrightson, KRC president.   

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. 



 The Crypt >> for last year's races and race reports

Brian Wrightson

Website editing Our active president Brian Wrightson will do the website editing, effective January 2015, after deserved editor Shawn Baenziger has stepped down. 

Updates The Kelowna Running Club is still looking for a permanent website-editor to help with the website updates. For details please contact Brian>> 

Goats' Runs Schedule
Weekly with maps All runs for January>> 

About the Goats' Runs

Weekday Runs with the Creekers or the Nooners Read>>
Run with a companion 
Liz Borrett's
loyalty and devotion to running and marathon success. Read >> 

Fresh Air Concept/Experience, one of our main sponsors, offers clinics right through the running season >>   

Runner of the year KRC member RJ Dueck (picture) and Wendy Schroeder from Coldstream are the Interior Running Association's runners of the year. Bill Stephens received the Heinrich Spiller award. 

31st Larry Nicholas 9K Memorial cross country run

The treacherous Snow Creek Wall in Leavenworth, Wa., US, where the two young climbers fell to their tragic and untimely deathsRead full story >>

Preparing for the Peak to Beak race Cindy Rhodes talks about the P2B, benefits of running, women's and youth running Club news >>

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 >>

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 >> 

Cindy Rhodes and Peter Pollhammer



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