Peak to Beak 2008
A slightly less than perfect day weather-wise but certainly sunshine on all the faces Dirk captured, as we wrapped up another road series with a great turnout in this year’s Peak to Beak. Thanks to the Kelowna Running Club, the volunteers, and sponsors who made it possible.
A special thanks to Dirk Handke for all the time he’s spent on taking, cropping and posting pictures all season, not just with us, but anywhere he could sniff a sneaker! He ran the P2B, camera in hand, for a unique perspective of the ever changing landscape on this course. Great job Dirk!
Skeets Morel (M20-29) of Vernon, made it two out of three in 2008 overall series wins, clocking a 1:04:49 to edge out Kelowna’s Trevour Haaheim (M35-39) by eleven seconds. For Trevour, who only owns trail shoes, (no trails, no Trevour) that makes three firsts and three seconds in this race in the past six years. Cameron Egan (M20-29) of Coldstream ran a close third in 1:05:22.
In the women’s division Gillian Moody (F30-34) of Kelowna, running her first series race since 2004, set a mark on this new course that will invite future challenge, finishing eighth overall in 1:12:20. Kelowna’s Danita Schreiber (F45-49) grabbed second, by a mere second (1:23:01) as she prevailed over Mary Edgar (F20-29) of Vernon.
For these three rivals the P2B was the final showdown for the 2008 season … a rivalry that’s sure to start anew in 2009. They took the top three spots in the men’s age-graded division and it took this race to determine their placings. Scoring totals have Ellis with 1382 points, Rory with 1374 and Dan with 1356. Dan ended up, what looks like a distant third, but that's not the case at all. He beat Ellis three times during the season age-graded and also topped him in the age category scoring. Congratulations to all three, it couldn't have been any closer of a match up and we'll look forward to it's resumption in 2009.
The women's P2B age-graded contest saw Laurelee Welder (F50-54) of Kelowna take top spot in 1:08:26 and score an age-graded series second place finish for the second year in a row. Diane Leonard (F60-64) of Kelowna finished second in a time of 1:11:44 good enough for a third place 2008 series finish. Gillian Moody, with an age-graded factor of .9987, saw her clock time reduced by only six seconds and took third in 1:12:14.