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Oliver Wine Capital of Canada 10K – April 14, 2013

Hans Aabye (M35-39) captured his second IRA race in a row, and third of the year in a time of 35 minutes flat, defeating Graham Hood (M40-44) of Kelowna by 50 seconds. Aabye had won the Campus Half last week, and this marks the second time this year he has gained the podium on consecutive weeks in IRA races. Finishing third was Chad Reid (M35-39) of Kelowna in 36:30.

Stacey Cleveland (F35-39) took her second consecutive women's title at the race in 40:43, easily defeating Tiffany Fowler (F40-44) of Kelowna and Marie-Josee Bedard (M40-44) of Merritt, who battled it out for second, with Fowler defeating the younger Bedard 44:04 to 44:07. Bedard had previously edged out Delilah Topic (F30-34, who finished fifth this time) to win the River's Spring Run Off a month ago.

Turning to the age graded results, Lynda Proce (F55-59) finally gained the top spot by finishing in 47:52, good for 37:42, to defeat Jill Lawson (F50-54) of North Vancouver, who ran 44:38, good for 38:04 age-graded and Patricia Riegel (F65-69)) of Vernon, who recorded 56:17, good for 40:02. Race winner Cleveland was relegated to fifth.

On the men's side, last year's winner of the Greenaway Trophy, Penticton's Sergio Pio (M45-49) took the title. Pio, who finished seventh overall in 37:41, defeated Hood by seven seconds in 33:30, with Aabye third at 34:15.

Thanks to Tracy Harrington and her crew of volunteers for this event which raises money for SOSS in Oliver.

The series now takes a break for a few weeks to allow local runners to compete in some major events in Vancouver, with the next event the Blossom Ten Miler on Mother's Day. Remember to come early to pick up your bib at the finish line at the SS Sicamous in Penticton, and then catch the free shuttle bus at 8am to the Naramata starting line.

We were all shocked and saddened by the bombings at the Boston Marathon, and our hearts go out to those who were killed and injured. As I write this, a suspect has been apprehended, and we thank the police forces everywhere for putting their lives on the line to keep us safe.

I know there were several local runners at the race, and we breathed a sigh of relief that no Canadians were injured. I'd like to make special mention of Kelowna's Liz Borrett (F70-74), who, one week after taking the overall age-graded title at the Campus Half, finished second in her age group at Boston in 4:00:34. Congratulations Liz! I think that makes you the woman to beat for Runner of the Year!

~Rick Jenkner reporting

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