Coalmont to Princeton 2008
Competition from other same weekend races, and possibly the unseasonal temperatures resulted in record low attendance for this race - that after last year's record high. Thanks to Leslie and her race crew for the great job of hosting and for making this race possible each year. The pancakes were delicious and much appreciated by all.
Kelowna runners took the top three spots in the race. Rory Switzer (M45-49) finished with a lead of more than two kilometres and a 1:08:45 clocking - the second fastest time ever recorded for this course. (The fastest being Hans Aabye's 1:07:41, set last year.) Glenn Lear (M30-34) took second in 1:18:45 and Dirk Handke (M40-44) was third ... camera in hand? Race photos
In the women's division, Tammy Craig (F35-39) of Kelowna took top spot in 1:34:02. Lynda Proce (F50-54) of Vernon was second (1:35:29) and Robin Levant (F35-39) of Oliver, third in 1:37:31
The women's age-graded division had Lynda Proce (F50-54) of Vernon (the 2005, 2006, age-graded series winner) in top spot with a time of 1:19:11. Penticton's Janet Rhoddy (F55-59) was second in 1:22:57 with Kathleen Yanke (F60-64) of Salmon Arm third in 1:29:09.
Rory Switzer's, second fastest ever overall time, was also the second fastest age-graded time with a 1:02:49 result - not far off the record 1:02:32 set by Jack Miller (M60-64) in 2006. Dan Crockett (M60-64) of Kelowna took second in 1:06:10. Dan is five for five in meddling in this division this year. Ellis Andrews (M60-64) of Penticton ranked third in 1:07:05.