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The Interior Running Association is a non-profit society that works with local clubs to promote running and fitness throughout Interior BC.
All results are now available for the Kal Park X-Country. Many thanks to the organizers and the volunteers for all their work putting on a great event.
Our Annual General Meeting will be taking place on the afternoon of November 2nd straigh after the Larry Nicholas Memorial 9K. All interested parties are invited and each member club is asked to send a representative.
All results are now available for the Reino run. Many thanks to the organizers and the volunteers for all their work putting on a great event.
Many thanks to Shawn Baenziger for his interview with Donna Nicholas about the Larry Nicholas memorial bursary.
Charming teahouse helps receiving donations
Bursary for sports and outdoor education and recreation
Going to Donna Nicholas’ house is like entering into another world, a world we only know from fairy 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 that was established in 1983 by Dennis Zahara after the tragic death of her son Larry and his friend Dick in a mountain climbing accident. The money has been invested by the Central Okanagan Foundation and the money earned distributed by the Central Okanagan Bursary and Scholarship Society to applying students form graduating classes of School District 23. Every year, the successful applicant may receive around $ 500 for sports and outdoor education and recreation.
The main contributor to the bursary is the Kelowna Running Club with the annual Larry Nicholas memorial cross country run. “I want to ensure that the numbers of runners are kept up,” Donna says. “With the continuation of the bursary it was like Larry’s life made somehow a contribution and young people will benefit from it. I cannot fully express my gratitude for the Running Club having done this every year.” Donna Nicholas was an enthusiastic runner herself, running all 11 series races, 6 cross country races and 2 marathons in 1999, being awarded the runner of the year title in that year.
“Larry really loved running,” Donna says. “I want the Larry Nicholas run to be affordable.” This year’s entry fee for the Larry Nicholas run is set at $ 12 and will hopefully again attract more runners, keeping the bursary growing and the memory of Larry Nicholas alive.
An interactive evening discussing training and racing, featuring Graham Hood (2 x Olympian, 10 x Canadian Champion), Gary Reed (2 x Olympian, Silver World Championships) and Mike Van Tigham (International Coach, Okanagan Sport Hall of Fame).
October 17th 5:30-7pm
Fresh Air Concept Store, Kelowna
Athletics Canada is providing an opportunity for those not able to make it to Toronto next week for the Race Directors Summit, a chance to participate in the Roundtable discussion online via video conference (Goto Meeting).
The Roundtable is from 10:30am to 1:00pm Pacific time, on Thursday, October 16.
The cost to participate is $50, and BC Athletics will pay for up to 5 BC representatives to be on the call. Others may still participate at their own cost.
Conditions of BCA paying for your participation are:
- Race director or representative of a 2014 BC Athletics sanctioned event
- Current associate, official, coach or competitive athlete member of BC Athletics
- Event and member are in good standing
- A maximum of one participant per club / event organization
To apply, please email the following information to email@example.com:
- Your name
- Event(s) represented
- Your role in the above events
- Your BC Athletics membership number (found here)
The deadline for applications is noon on Tuesday, October 14.
All results are now available for the Summerland Sweets X-Country. Many thanks to the organizers and the volunteers for all their work putting on a great event.
All results are now available for the Campbell Mountain 8.2K. Many thanks to the organizers and the volunteers for all their work putting on a great event.
Congratulations to the 94 finishers in todays P2b 18k. All results are now available.
Check cumulative results for multiple records (for those that are NOT consistent with their name). Many thanks to the organizers and the volunteers for all their hard work.
Online signup for the Reino run is now available. Sign up now here.
We've had a great response to our chip timing survey - we'll be leaving it up for a few more days so if you haven't had a chance to complete it in yet, please take the opportunity. We really appreciate any feedback we get!
Fall is definitely in the air so the P2B goes on September 21. The route is the same as last year so you can enjoy all the Valley has to offer from Mountain to Lake to Kalamoir Park and of course the vineyards and the vista at Quails’ Gate finish line. With the recent rain, Knox Mountain Park should have the fire ban removed and the Yacht Club construction should not interfere with your run along the Boardwalk. All is looking good for a challenging but great run.
There are already more than 50 runners registered and we again have a bottle of wine for the first 100 runners registered before the 17th. Register on Zone4 click here.
Any questions? Contact Trevor Haaheim at (250) 863-5884 or myself at the number below.
PS: If you are bringing your fans along, we can always use more volunteers.
Brian Wrightson (250) 826-7898
John Machuga, president of the Okanagan Running Club, has kindly offered to lead a series of 5 workouts this cross country season starting Saturday September 13th. They will be in Polson Park in Vernon at 10 am every Saturday until October 11th. Workouts will be running in the mud, similarly to the Provincial and National Championships. All ages and abilities welcome.
A selection committee will use these workouts, plus the Interior X Country Races and Provincial Championship results to select an Okanagan team for Nationals at the end of November. This team will be competing in the Junior, Senior, and Masters categories on both the mens and womens side.
If you are a member of an IRA club or a BC athletics member there is no cost for the training portion. If not, then we ask that you buy a BC Athletics membership and consider joining one of the local clubs. If you want to be considered to be a representative on the Okanagan Team then you must belong to one of the local running clubs.
For more information, you may contact John at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Results for the Kamloops Half Marathon are now available. Many thanks to all the volunteers and organizers for a great event!
Results for the Midsummer 8K in Kelowna are now available. Many thanks to all the volunteers and organizers for a great event!
Results for the Canada Day Peachland 10K are now available.
The Blackwell Dairy 15K took place on the 25th and results are now available. Many thanks to all the volunteers and organizers for a great event!
Results are now available from the Blossom 10 Miler that took place on the 11th. Many thanks to all the volunteers along the course and behind the scenes for putting on a wonderful event.
A few runners from the IRA area were among the 31.878 who completed the 118th Boston Marathon on Monday. All hail the amazing Liz Borrett, who WON HER AGE GROUP!!! Liz now competes in the 75-79 group and although she missed a lot of training this winter due to injuries suffered in a fall, still ran 4:22. Congratulations!!
Many thanks to all who took part in the Oliver 10K - especially the organisers and volunteer who put on such a fantastic event. Results are now available.
Okanagan College Half results are now available. Many thanks to all the volunteers and participants.
Results are now available for the Spring Run Off. Many thanks to all the volunteers for helping to put on a great event.
Preparations are wrapping up for the media and promotions workshop that will be held March 15 in Kelowna. If you are interested in any aspect of event and club promotion we'd love to have your involvement. If you can only make the afternoon session you can still get involved with the photography and sports story aspects of the workshop, along with promotional planning for the year ahead.
If you want any further information or are interested in attending please message Bill Stephens for details.
Results are now available for the Lakeside 5K. Many thanks to all the volunteers for helping to put on a great event.
We have many wonderful races in our series! They are well organized, well timed and very well priced. Many of these races have been held for 20-30 years, and we believe that it's time to put some excitement back into them. With all the competition from big for profit runs these days we need to let more runners know about our races. About how much fun they are, and that they are for anyone, not just the serious racer. We feel that where we fall down is in our approach to PR and advertising. Race directors are usually too busy to get involved in PR, and, let's face it, sometimes we just assume that because the race has been held for so many years that 'everyone' knows about it.
With these thoughts in mind we are planning to hold a seminar on March 15, in Kelowna, to focus on getting our races more exposure in the media. Heading up the discussion will be John Wilson, webmaster IRA and KRC websites and Shawn Baenziger, editor KRC website (www.kelownarunningclub.com) , all of whom have had experience in dealing with the media, and know what the media wants.
This seminar is open to all. If you enjoy writing e-mails, perhaps have a knack with words, and would like to help out your club but haven't a lot of time to spare, this could be perfect for you. Topics will include -
The workshop will take place from 10:00 until 16:00 with lunch provided by the IRA. Participants are encouraged to bring any examples of promotional media that is of interest.
Message Bill Stephens for the location if you are interested in attending.
Racing season is just starting up, and at all the IRA racing locations, we are looking for people who might be interested in helping out with timing. If you or someone you know has some interest, there will be opportunities for 'at-race' and off-site instruction at beginners levels. For those of you who love supporting the local running scene, it's a fantastic way to give back. For more information, contact RJ Dueck at Dueck.email@example.com or any of the local race directors.
Results are now available for the Starting Block 10K. Many thanks to all the volunteers for a great start to the 2014 Series.
Registration is now open for the Kamloops Marathon. The half marathon at the event is race number 10 in the road race series. Sign up is available here.
Registration is now open for the Lakeside 5K. Sign up is available here.
Registration is now open for the first race of the season, the Starting Block 10K. Full details and sign up are now posted here.
The Interior Running Assoication is currently seeking volunteers to fill the posts of Association President and Association Treasurer.
Presidents role includes: Preside at meetings of the society, liaise with BCA and report to the Road Running Committee, supervise members of the executive.
Treasurers role includes: Provide financial statements to BC Athletics, invoice clubs and sponsors, order race bibs for the season.
If you are interested in helping out in any way, or want to further information on the above roles please contact our interim President: Cindy Rhodes.
The IRA is pleased to announce that the Kamloops Half Marathon will join the IRRS in 2014. The Kamloops Half is a sister race to the Kamloops Marathon, and both will be held on July 27, 2014 from MacArthur Island Park, Kamloops. This race gives the series 11 races once again, following the cancellation once again of the Bike Barn 10K.
Kamloops Marathon day in 2014 will also include an 8K race, a 3K Fun Run/Walk suitable for kids as well as grown-ups, and, for the first time, a 4-person marathon relay. Only the Half Marathon will be part of the series, in much the same way that the Okanagan College Half also includes a non-series 10K and relay. Please join us on July 27.
Kamloops Half Marathon details:
Rick Jenkner has stepped down as President of the Interior Running Association after leading the organisation since 2011. The Executive would like to thank Rick for all of his hard work over the past 3 years and wish him the best of success in all of his running plans for 2014.Nominations open for new President: Nominations are now open for a new President for the Interior Running Association. Please send any nominations to our interim President: Cindy Rhodes.
Congratulations to the following award winners:
The IRA is pleased to announce the winners of our awards
Nominees for Runner of the Year were: Linda Conrad, Lynda Proce, and Delilah Topic for women, and Hans Aabye, Sergio Pio, and Peter Pollhammer for men. The awards go to Lynda Proce and Peter Pollhammer.
The Heinrich Spiller Award of Courage goes to Bill Fuhrmeister.
The age graded awards were previously announced after the championships were decided in the last road race. The Greenaway Cup goes to Sergio Pio, and the Muckle Gader Cup goes to Liz Borrett.
Congratulations to everyone!
These are the Starting Block Cross Country series award winners who are not running club members, and who I don't know how to contact. If your name is on this list please contact me before Nov.15 (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I'll have an award made up for you. Starting next year awards will only be presented to runners who are members of a local running club.
Liam McGrath -Vernon
Simon Reeves -Gabriola Island?
Mike Brown - Armstrong
Mike McGath - Vernon
Rob Savage - Salmon Arm
Cam Robertson - Kelowna
Emma McLeod - Kamloops
Jennifer Spencer - Kelowna
Susan Brown - Armstrong
The weather co-operated to give a perfect day for racing. Many thanks to all the volunteers. All results are now posted.
Many thanks to the organisers and volunteers for a fantastic race. All results are now posted.
The final race in this years Kids Series will be held in conjunction with the Larry Nicholas Cross Country on Nov.3.
There will be 3 classes, and 3 different runs. Kids 6 and under will run a 1K route, 7&8 year olds will run 1.6K and the 9-10 and the 11-12 classes will run 3K.
Please help us avoid race day line ups by registering on line at freshair.ca. The Kids races will start at roughly 11:00 am, and the 3 races will be run separately.
Many thanks to the organisers and volunteers for a fantastic race. All results are now posted.
This year will be the 30th anniversary of the tragic accident that took the life of Larry Nicholas and his friend Dick Greenway. There is a touching article about the Larry Nicholas Memorial Cross Country on the Kelowna Running Club website.
Please note the following series award information:
The following runners have qualified for a series award but are not members of a running club, and have not contacted me about how to get their award to them. I will be ordering the awards in about 10 days, and if I don't know how to get the award to you I will not be ordering it. Bill Stephens (e-mail: email@example.com)
|Shanda Hill||Tiffany Fowler|
|Vanessa McLean||Susan Falkenholt|
|Kathleen Renaud||Wendy Henly|
|Becky Williams||Carol Chisholm|
|Susan Templin||Charlotte Heidt|
|Kathleen Yanke||Patricia Riegel|
|Wade Carlson||Josh Heinrich|
|Curtis Wallace||John Wilson|
|Ken Hilverda||Gary Wade|
|Rory Bass||Stephen Joyce|
|Lance Zablotney||Bruce Wark|
|Henry Proce||Ken Riegel|
|Roland Laplante||Teddy Boyko|
Trevor Haaheim would like to salute and thank his co-race director Brian Wrightson for showing him the ropes and for much important organizing for the Peak to Beak, and my apologies to Brian for missing that contribution in my race report.
Many thanks to the organisers and volunteers for a great Summerland Cross Country race. All results are now posted.
Trevor Haaheim did it all this year at the Peak to Beak; taking over as race director, and then winning the race both overall and on age grading. I believe that is a first in IRA history. Having won the Bike Barn 10K two weeks earlier, it was his second win in a row as well. Congratulations, Trevor, on your great performances. Haaheim (M40-44) also won the race last year, and bettered that performance by about 2 minutes this year with 1:03:54, which age-graded at 1:00:47. It was a great day for the masters runners, as Gary Wade (M45-49) took second in 1:08:31, and Sergio Pio of Penticton was fourth in 1:09:22, only 14 seconds behind Owen Harrison (M20-29) of Kelowna.
For the women, Gary's wife Dannica Wade (F40-44) captured her first career IRA win in 1:23:10, with Tiffany Fowler (F40-44) about 90 seconds back in second. Kit Darling (F30-34) of Kelowna scored her first podium with 1:25:21 for third.
On age grading, Pio pipped the younger Wade, 1:02:20 to 1:02:26 behind Haaheim. When Hans Aabye (M35-39) failed to run the race, Pio's performance was enough for him to nip Aabye by one point (1357 to 1356) for the Greenaway Cup. Aabye had a terrific year despite that disappointment, winning 7 IRA races, plus several other non-series events. Randy Werger (M50-54) of Kelowna, who had an outstanding year himself despite a lower leg injury sustained in the Blackwell Dairy Run, was third in points with 1325, and was the only other man to score over 1300.
The first two women on age grading were also the top two finishers in Muckle-Gader Cup points as well. Liz Borrett (F70-74) celebrated her last race in the age group by capturing the victory in 1:01:21 off her 1:42:11 race time. Borrett, who was Runner of the Year in 2011, won her first Muckle-Gader Cup with 1395 points, only 5 off a perfect score. Last year's Runner of the Year and Muckle-Gader victor Diane Leonard (F65-69) was second this race at 1:03:20 from 1:35:08, and second for the Cup with 1356 points. Kelowna's Susan Templin (F60-64) took third in the race at 1:11:46 from a finish of 1:38:09. Vernon's Lynda Proce (F55-59) finished fourth to take third in points with 1345, while Templin was fourth in points with 1331. Arnie Gash (F65-69) was the only other woman to score at least 1300 points, and rates an honourable mention. Five time Cup victor Cindy Rhodes missed her shot at a sixth when was unable to run the race due to injury.
The weather gods were kind on race day as rain held off until after the awards. Thanks to RD Haaheim and the KRC for continuing to present this fitting finale to the series.
The series features a wide variety of courses, from flat to extremely hilly, and distances from 5K to Half marathon, so victory in your age group signifies a wide-ranging ability, and is really something to celebrate. Congratulations to all the age-group winners!
This will be my final race report of the year, but the IRA continues with the off road series, sponsored by the Starting Block in Vernon. The first race at Campbell Mountain has already been run, and the second goes this weekend in Summerland. This is a good race for newcomers to trail races as about half of it is on the Trans Canada Trail, so why not give it a try?
~ Rick Jenkner
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