Lakeside 5K Race Report
After winning for three years in a row, local hero Jeff Symonds was content to watch from the finish line as he prepares for this year's triathlon season, leaving the field clear for Hans Aabye (M35-39) and Nathan Reiter (M20-29) to duel for the win. Aabye, who had worked a night shift in Merritt, and arrived just before the race, led all the way into the wind but could not shake Reiter, who sprinted home with his first IRRS win by 3 seconds in 16:19. Chad Reid (M35-39) of Kelowna was a distant third in 17:19, while David Matheson (M40-44) outdueled James Young (M40-44) for first in the masters division, and fourth overall in 17:39. The roads were clear, and the temperature mild, with a strong wind from the west.
Kelowna's Jessica Hannah (F30-34) took her second victory in a row for the women, relatively unchallenged, finishing 13th overall in 18:59. The evergreen Cindy Rhodes (F55-59) outdueled two younger men to take second in 19:56, good for first on age-graded time (16:34), while Nikki Reiter (F20-29) was third in 20:16. Cindy's sister Laurelee Nelson (F55-59) took second in the age group and second on age grading, clocking 21:52, good for 17:28 A-G, with local runner Elisabeth Morf (F65-69) third in 18:00 (26:06 clock time). For the men, age-graded, Bob Isaak (M55-59) made a rare appearance to garner a solid win with a time of 15:34 off his impressive 18:23 clock time, with Aabye second in 16:09, while former winner of the Greenaway Cup, local runner Sergio Pio (M45-49), was third in 16:17 from his 18:02 clock time. Race winner Reiter was fourth.
Thanks to Paul Smith, Neil Macdonald, and the Penticton Pounders for a smooth, well organized race, and thanks to the Lakeside Resort for the use of the ballroom, and to Timex for the watch prizes, as the race is also part of the Timex series. Two hundred and thirty-five runners finished, with the last finisher, 81-year-old Jean Duncan of Keremeos, garnering the loudest cheers of the day. Bill Fuhrmeister of Osoyoos, now fully recovered from a serious dog bite on his calf, was the first of three men in the 75-79 age division to finish.
The next race is the Kamloops Rivers Spring Run Off on March 18. This is also a Timex series race, and registration is available via the link on this page. See you there!