Midsummer 8K 2008
With 265 runners and nine wheelers entering, the 2008 Midsummer, ranks second for best IRA race attendance since 2001. Thanks to all who participated and to the promotional efforts of the Kelowna Running Club, for making this possible. More info on race attendance history here. Thanks too, to the many volunteers who made the race possible.
Graeme Wilson (M35-39) of Vancouver, repeated his last year's first place finish with a time of 26:24. Graeme was the male winner of the 2007 Timex series. Second spot went to Connor Clerke (M16-19) of Kelowna, in 27:53 with Jason Malin (M20-29) of Westbank, taking third in 28:08.
In the women's division Rachel Ruus (F30-34) of Richmond, set a new record for the 8K Midsummer distance (since 2005) finishing in 28:57. Kristina Rody (F30-34) of Whistler, last year's female Timex series winner, clocked second in 27:53 and Susanne Russell (F20-29) of Vancouver, claimed third in 31:57, just one second ahead of age category rival Shannon Thompson of Kelowna.
In the men's wheeler division, only eight seconds separated the first three finishers. Sonny Davis (M20-29) of Edmonton, crossed the line in 21:25, with Paul Clark (M50-54) of Kelowna, and Jim Hudec (M50-54) of Salmo, tying for second spot in 21:33 ... shades of Ben Hur?!!
Margaret Conquest (F30-34) of Edmonton was the sole women's wheeler entrant and finished in 39:17.
In the women's age-graded division, Cindy Rhodes (F50-54) of Kelowna, recorded her seventh 2008 a-g win finishing in 28:06. Rachel Ruus was second in 28:44 and Kristina Rody third in 29:11.
In the men's age-graded division, Brian Connon (M60-64) of Victoria, jumped from seventeenth in the overall race standing (31:29) to first, with an time of 25:06. Graeme Wilson took second in 25:30 with Rory Switzer (M45-49) of Kelowna, third in 25:45.