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Canadian Tire Road Race Series:

15 Feb 2015: Starting Block 10K, Lavington - Road Race Series 1

15 Mar 2015: The River's Spring Run-off 10K, Kamloops - Road Race Series 2

29 March 2015: Okanagan College Half Marathon, Kelowna - Road Race Series 3

12 April 2015: Oliver 10K Wine Capital of Canada, Oliver - Road Race Series 4

10 May 2015: Blossom 10 Miler, Naramata - Road Race Series 5

24 May 2015: Blackwell Dairy 15K, Barnhartvale - Road Race Series 6

01 July 2014: Peachland Beach Run 10K, Peachland - Road Race Series 8

06 July 2014: Kelowna Midsummer 8K, Kelowna - Road Race Series 9

27 July 2014: Kamloops Half Marathon, Kamloops - Road Race Series 10

21 September 2014: Peak to Beak 18K, Kelowna - Road Race Series 11


Starting Block X-Country Race Series:

28 Sep 2014: Campbell Mountain 8K, Penticton - X-Country Race Series 1

05 Oct 2014: Summerland Sweets X-Country 7.4K, Summerland - X-Country Race Series 2

19 Oct 2014: Reino Keski-Salmi Memorial 8.5K, Salmon Arm - X-Country Race Series 3

26 Oct 2014: Kal Park X-Country 9K, Vernon - X-Country Race Series 4

02 Nov 2014: Larry Nicholas Memorial 9K, Kelowna - X-Country Race Series 5

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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.

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January 12

Starting Block 10K

Online sign up is now available for the Starting Block 10K in Lavington. Sign up here for the first race of the series!


December 10

IRA series awards

IRA series awards are currently being sent out to the series winners. We're sending these out to local running stores and clubs where appropriate. If you have not yet received your award, please contact us and we'll arrange to get it tou you. Many thanks!


December 06

BCAA Road Running Instructor Course

The BCAA is hosting a road running instructor course January 16th -18th 2015. The course is ideal for the walk/run clinic leader, community volunteer, personal trainer, or school educator/coach. This weekend workshop will provide you with the material, knowledge and confidence to help you with your Road Running Clinics and start you on your way to becoming a Certified Athletics Instructor with the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP). Full details and booking information.


November 25

Tomorrows Interior Running Association

Last call for any race directors or and club reps who want to join a workshop mapping the future of the IRA. It would be great to have as much input as possible, so if you can spare a couple of hours on Saturday do come along.

The workshop will take place Saturday, November 29th, 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm at Okanagan College Vernon Campus, room E102. A light lunch will be available. Please RSVP, including any dietary requests, prior to Wednesday, November 26, 2014.


November 19

Liz Borrett did it again!

After winning her age division at the Boston Marathon earlier this year, she did the same again earlier this month at the TCS New York City Marathon. In doing so, the 75 year old improved on her Boston time by over 5 minutes, clocking 4:16:39 in far from ideal conditions.

Borrett has only been running for 11 years, taking up the sport when she was 64. She regularly competes in the Canadian Tire Interior Road Race Series, frequently recording the best age graded performance.

Congratulations Liz!


November 18

Boston Marathon draw

This summers Kamloops marathon held a prize draw for a trip for 2 to the 2015 Boston Marathon. The winner of the draw was Alysha Hofstede of Kamloops. Congratulations Alysha!


November 12

Tomorrows Interior Running Association

Race directors and club reps are invited to join a workshop mapping the future of the IRA. The burning question to be answered: how can the IRA best support runners, member clubs, and running, in the southern interior of BC? Topics of the workshop will include:

  • What is the mission of the IRA?
  • What are the strengths and weaknesses of the IRA?
  • What will be the minimum standards for new races wishing to join the IRA calendar?
  • How do we enhance the value of the series races to encourage more runners to participate?
  • How do we get out the message about the great races we have in the series?

The workshop will take place Saturday, November 29th, 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm at Okanagan College Vernon Campus, room E102. A light lunch will be available. Please RSVP, including any dietary requests, prior to Wednesday, November 26, 2014.


November 12

NCCP Road Running Instructor Course

BC Athletics is planning on running a National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) Road Running Instructor Course in Kelowna on the weekend of January 16th 2015. The course is ideal for the walk/run clinic leader, community volunteer, personal trainer, or school educator/coach. Click here for more information and please register your interest with Jennifer Schutz at


November 10

2015 races

We are currently working on finalizing the dates for the IRA Series races for 2015 and shall have the calender up as soon as possible. In the mean time its go ahead and book your first race of the year - as usual it will be the fantastic Starting Block 10k road race in Lavington, Sunday February 15th.


November 07

Runners of the Year 2014

Congratulations to the Interior Running Association Runners of the year. These awards are based upon a runners success during the year and also their involvement in IRA and club events.

Female runner of the year: Wendy Schroeder

Male runner of the year: Richard J. Dueck


November 05

Race attendance 2014

Race attendance for the 2014 series races has now been updated. Road race numbers on average are very similar to 2013 and the cross country numbers continue to grow slightly.


November 03

Larry Nicholas 9K

All the results for the last cross country race, the Larry Nicholas 9k and cumulative results are now available.


October 26

Kal Park 9K

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.


October 23


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.


October 19

Reino Keski-Salmi

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.


October 13

31st Memorial Larry Nicholas Cross Country 9K

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.

Shawn Baenziger


October 11

Run Exchange

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


October 11

Race Directors Summit

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
- 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.

Thank you,

Maurice Wilson


October 06

Summerland Sweets X-Country

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.


September 29

Campbell Mountain 8.2K

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.


September 21

Peak to Beak 18K

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.


September 11

Reino Keski-Salmi

Online signup for the Reino run is now available. Sign up now here.


September 10

Chip timing

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!


September 05

Peak to Beak

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


August 23

Attention Cross Country Runners!

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


July 28

Kamloops Half Marathon

Results for the Kamloops Half Marathon are now available. Many thanks to all the volunteers and organizers for a great event!


July 07

Midsummer 8K

Results for the Midsummer 8K in Kelowna are now available. Many thanks to all the volunteers and organizers for a great event!


July 02

Peachland Beach Run

Results for the Canada Day Peachland 10K are now available.


May 26

Blackwell Dairy 15K

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!


May 12

Blossom 10 Miler

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.


April 23

Boston results

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!!


April 14

Oliver 10K

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.


April 07

Okanagan College Half

Okanagan College Half results are now available. Many thanks to all the volunteers and participants.


March 18

Spring Run Off 10K

Results are now available for the Spring Run Off. Many thanks to all the volunteers for helping to put on a great event.


March 09

Media and promotions workshop

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.


March 03

Lakeside 5K

Results are now available for the Lakeside 5K. Many thanks to all the volunteers for helping to put on a great event.


February 26

Looking for help with PR

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 ( , 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 -

  • Current promotion of events and clubs
  • Successes and lessons
  • Options for publicity
  • Online promotion and social media
  • Offline campaigns
  • Working with teams and volunteers
  • Promotional strategy and schedule
  • Analyzing success
  • Exercises in promotion
  • Web technologies and working with Content Management Systems
  • Sports photography and video
  • Writing and publicizing a sports story
  • Setting up promotional schedule for 2014
  • Developing a media directory for promotion

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.


February 15

Call for volunteers

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 or any of the local race directors.


Starting Block 10K

Results are now available for the Starting Block 10K. Many thanks to all the volunteers for a great start to the 2014 Series.


January 29

Kamloops Half

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.


January 28

Penticton Lakeside 5K

Registration is now open for the Lakeside 5K. Sign up is available here.


January 17

Starting Block 10K

Registration is now open for the first race of the season, the Starting Block 10K. Full details and sign up are now posted here.


December 16

IRA President and Treasurer

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.


December 15

Kamloops Half Marathon to join Road Race Series in 2014

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:

  • MacArthur Island Park, Kamloops 6:30 a.m.
  • Contact: Rick Jenkner (
  • Course: Flat course in the Thompson River Valley.
  • Pancake breakfast
  • 3K Fun Run


December 08

Rick Jenkner steps down

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.


November 14

IRA Award Winners 2013

Congratulations to the following award winners:


Keith Burton
Mel Doherty
Stephen Joyce
Vanessa McLean
Susan Templin
Randy Werger
John Wilson


Teddy Boyko
Janice Bradshaw
Mike Brown
Keith Burton
Mel Doherty
Robert Hautala
Markus Heinrichs
Carrey Martin
Roly Muller
Gunter Naumann
Cam Robertson
John Wilson


Keith Burton
Mel Doherty
John Wilson



November 09

IRA Award Winners 2013

The IRA is pleased to announce the winners of our awards for 2013.
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!



November 07

Cross Country Series Awards

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 ( 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



November 04

Larry Nicholas Memorial

The weather co-operated to give a perfect day for racing. Many thanks to all the volunteers. All results are now posted.



October 28

Kal Park XC

Many thanks to the organisers and volunteers for a fantastic race. All results are now posted.



October 22

Kids Series

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 The Kids races will start at roughly 11:00 am, and the 3 races will be run separately.



October 20

Reino Keski-Salmi Memorial XC

Many thanks to the organisers and volunteers for a fantastic race. All results are now posted.



October 17

Larry Nicholas Memorial

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.



October 15

IRA Awards

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:

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



October 10

Peak to Beak report - correction

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.

~ Rick Jenkner


October 07

Summerland XC

Many thanks to the organisers and volunteers for a great Summerland Cross Country race. All results are now posted.


October 04

Peak to Beak report

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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