The Kelowna Running Club's annual meeting was held on Saturday, February 11, 2017, at the lower level of the Eeco Center, Mission Creek Regional Park, 2363 Springfield Road, Kelowna. Seventeen members were in attendance.
The session commenced at 5:00 P.M. with an informative presentation by Lise Dallien MacMillan of Orthoquest about tools to reduce your chances of suffering a running injury and how to speed up the recovery from that dreaded injury.
The annual meeting followed Lise’s presentation. President RJ Dueck outlined the accomplishments over the past year and the challenges facing the club in the coming year.
The following were elected to serve as board members this year: RJ Dueck, president, Brian Rourke, secretary, Sandra Wike, treasurer, Judith Kaplan, administration, Lise MacMillan, membership and members at large Sean MacMillan, Cindy Rhodes, Rob Ewanuk, Henry Tessman and Paul Caldwell. Special thanks goes out to the members who retired this year, namely Liz Borrett, Diane Leonard, Jennifer Spencer, Brian Wrightson and Chuck Abney.
2017 IRA Road Race Series
The dates for the 2017 Interior Running Association road race series have been set. There will be 9 road races again in 2017, with 4 being sponsored by the Kelowna Running Club. The series continues to be generously sponsored by Canadian Tire. Check out the series detail.
Kelowna Running Club’s first race is EK Grill’s 5k, to be held on May 22, 2017.
The Fresh Air Midsummer 8k will be held on July 2, 2017. This event is part of B.C. Athletics’ Championship series again this year.
This year the club has added the Firecracker 5k, to be held on July 30, 2017.
The Fresh Air Hard Knox Challenge has been moved back to September 17, 2017.
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 10 miler, 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.
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. female 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 every 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 will be time to start training for the first race, namely the Starting Block 10k to be held in Lavington on February 12, 2017. Check out the race details and signup online.
New Membership Registration/Renewal Process
The Kelowna Running Club is going more digital and is taking all new memberships and renewals online, via www.trackie.com. As part of this process all money must move through Trackie.
This process streamlines the registration process. All members are provided insurance coverage by BC Athletics. In the past, when registration was done in person, Liz or Diane had to track down all the personal information about the registrant, go to BC Athletics website and key in that information. Now Trackie will automatically transmit that information to BC Athletics and deposit the registration fee to our bank, saving Liz and Diane countless hours and minimizing the chance of errors (not that they ever made an error in the past).
The process is fairly straight forward.
Step 1 - at the top of this page click on ABOUT and select Join KRC – (or go directly to the membership form at Trackie)
Step 2 - Fill out your information and select membership type.
Step 3 - Click on Proceed to Step 2 and enter payment information and agree to waivers and then click on Confirm Registration. You may want to print your receipt.
Your cooperation in this regard will be greatly appreciated. If you have any questions, please speak to one of your board members.
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