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2015 news:

 

Cross Country Series Iron Legs

November 19

Congratulations to all those runners who took part in the Starting Block Cross Country Series this year, and many thanks from the Interior Running Association executive to all the Race Directors and volunteers for putting on a fantastic series. As with the road race series 2015 saw a significantly increased participation at all the cross country events.

The following runners completed all of the cross country events: Kendal Cowley, Lisa Michaud, Rhian Harrison, Janice Bradshaw, Wendy Krasuin, Astrid Varga, Dustin Quigley, Bradley Meikle, Dirk-Tiger Handke, Dean McCarthy, Dan Kunzelman, Stephen Joyce, Markus Heinrichs, Kris Malczynski, Patrick Amundsen, Melvin Doherty. They each receive a custom Iron Legs long sleeve shirt.

 

Road Race Series Iron Legs

November 16

Congratulations to all those runners who took part in the Canadian Tire Road Race series this year, and many thanks from the Interior Running Assoication executive to all the Race Directors and volunteers for putting on a fantastic series. 2015 saw an increased participation across the board from the long established events to the brand new ones. The following runners who completed all of the road race events can now brag about their Iron Legs status: Patrick Amundsen, Janice Bradshaw, Brenda Dickson, Mel Doherty, Bill Falkner, Dirk-Tiger Handke, Rhian Harrison, Shanda Hill, Stephen Joyce, Dan Kunzelman, Bradley Meikle, Dustin Quigley & Astrid Varga. They each receive a custom Iron Legs singlet.

 

Starting Block Cross Country Race Series Winners

November 10

The following runners won their age group in this years Starting Block Cross Country Race Series. Congratulations to them all. This year we are sending out a gift certificate to each of the age group winners that is redeemable at local, participating running stores:

Kamloops - Runners Sole
Vernon - Starting Block
Kelowna - Fresh Air Experience
Penticton - Peach City Runners

Women’s Winners:

F20-29 Kendall Cowley, F30-34 Jennifer Spencer, F35-39 Annie Bergen, F40-44 Erica Malerby, F45-49 Rhian Harrison, F50-54 Leslie Gamble, F55-59 Claire Parker, F60-64 Joanne Montgomery, F65-69 Astrid Varga, F70-74 Karen Willies.

Men’s Winners:

M16-19 Liam McGrath, M30-34 Josh Heinrich, M35-39 Brad Smart, M40-44 Trevor Haaheim, M45-49 Dirk-Tiger Handke, M50-54 Danny Kermode, M55-59 Kris Malczynski, M60-64 Roly Muller, M65-69 Gerry Breneman, M70-74 Ellis Andrews, M80-84 Bruce Butcher.

 

Canadian Tire Road Race Series Winners

November 08

The following runners won their age group in this years Canadian Tire Road Race Series. Congratulations to them all - they each receive a Timex watch as a prize.

Women’s Timex Watch Winners:

20-29 Kendall Cowley, 30-34 Shanda Hill, 35-39 Karis Shearer, 40-44 Marie Josee Bedard, 45-49 Rosalie Swart, 50-54 Sally Heinrick, 55-59 Cindy Rhodes, 60-64 Sandra Wike, 65-69 Astrid Varga, 70-74 Diane Leonard, 75-79 Liz Borrett.

Men’s Timex Watch Winners:

16-19 Liam McGrath, 20-29 Michael Serani, 30-34 Josh Heinrich, 35-39 Aaron Heidt, 40-44 Randy Goncalves, 45-49 Wayne Little, 50-54 Sergio Pio, 55-59 Kris Malczynski, 60-64 Roly Muller, 65-69 Ken Riegel, 70-74 Bill Faulkner, 80-84 Bruce Butcher.

 

Larry Nicholas Memorial 9K

November 01

Provisional results are now available for the final race of the cross country series, the Larry Nicholas Memorial 9K. Many thanks to the organisers and all the volunteers for putting on such a great event for the whole family.

Top 3 females:

Stephanie Skoreyko (35:47), Annie Bergen (37:44), Kendall Cowley (39:23)

Top 3 males:

Brad Bickley (29:34), Trevor Haaheim (30:46), Kurt Behnsen (30:52)

 

Interior Running Association gear

October 28

Interior Running Assoication branded clothing is going to be for sale at the last XC race of the season; the Larry Nicholas Memorial on the 1st November. The clothing is similar to that received by series award winners, featuring our logo. Prices are as follows:

Singlets: $30

Long sleeve shirts: $30

Windbreakers: $60

 

Kal Park 9K

October 25

Provisional results are now available for the fourth race in the cross country series, the Kal Park 9K. Many thanks to all the volunteers and runners and to everyone who dressed up in costume! The final race of the cross country series is the Larry Nicholas Memorial which will take place on the 1st November in Kelowna.

Top 3 females:

Kendall Cowley (45:38), Seija Deleenheer (46:10), Alison Burnett (46:54)

Top 3 males:

Trevor Haaheim (36:09), Cael Warner (36:12), Andrew Casey (36:58)

 

Reino Run

October 19

Provisional results for the Reino Run 8K are now available. Many thanks to all the volunteers and runners for a great morning of trail running.

Top 3 females:

Annie Bergen (39:31), Virginia Sellars (40:25), Elizabeth Elliott (41:20)

Top 3 males:

Trevor Haaheim (32:40), Timothy Mundall (35:50), Carlos Capela (35:55)

 

Interior Running Association AGM

October 10

The Interior Running Association will be holding its AGM on November 1st directly after the Larry Nicholas race in Kelowna. All runners and club members are invited to attend and contribute. Every year at the AGM we assign each of the executive positions; so if you would like to be involved in helping develop the running community and promoting the local clubs and series events please attend the AGM or let one of the current executive members know. The AGM is also the time when we plan the race calendar for the following year and hear proposals for possible new races. We also take nomintations for the Runners of the Year Awards and the Heinrich Spiller Award of Courage. If you would like to have any input into these decisions now would be a great time to speak to your local running club representatives.

 

Summerland XC Team results

October 9

This years Summerland XC race included a team event with team members each receiving points towards a high scoring team total. It was a very close run competition that will certainly be returning next year. Team results are as follows:

  • TriPower - 191 points
  • Penticton Pounders - 171 points
  • Kelowna Running Club - 118 points
  • Okanagan Running Club - 80 points
  • Vernon Track Club - 57 points
  • Kal RATS - 20 points

The TriPower 3K race tallied team members for the event with TriPower fielding 28 members, KRC 2 members and Vernon Track Club 1 member.

Again, many thanks to the Race Director and volunteers for putting on a fantastic morning of family fun.

 

BC Championship Races

October 8

BC Athletics Road Running Committee has awarded the 2016 Road Running Championships to the following events, including the IRA series event - The Midsummer 8K hosted by the Kelowna Running Club:

  • 5K Championship: BMO St Patricks Day 5K, 12 March 2016
  • 8K Championship: Fresh Air Midsummer 8K, 3 July 2016
  • 10K Championship: Vancouver Eastside 10K, 17 September 2016
  • Half-marathon Championship: BMO Vancouver Half Marathon, 1 May 2016
  • Marathon Championship: GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon, 9 October 2016

 

Summerland Sweets XC

October 4

Provisional results for the Summerland Sweets XC are now available. Many thanks to all the volunteers for putting on a fantastic event on a beautiful day!

Top 3 females:

Annie Bergen (32:29), Jen Annett (33:04), Chantel Jeffrey (33:15)

Top 3 males:

Liam McGrath (27:43), John Machuga (27:45), Josh Heinrich (28:10)

 

IRA shirts and singlets

October 2

The Interior Running Association is selling running singlets and long sleeve shirts branded with the IRA logo. A limited number of these shirts will be available for sale at the Larry Nicholas XC race on November 1st.

 

Road Race Series Winners

September 28

The following runners won their age group in this years Road Race Series. Congratulations to them all - they each receive a Timex watch as a prize, which can be collected at this years Larry Nicholas race in Kelowna on November 1st.

Women’s Timex Watch Winners:

20-29 Kendall Cowley, 30-34 Shanda Hill, 35-39 Karis Shearer, 40-44 Marie Josee Bedard, 45-49 Rosalie Swart, 50-54 Sally Heinrick, 55-59 Cindy Rhodes, 60-64 Sandra Wike, 65-69 Astrid Varga, 70-74 Diane Leonard, 75-79 Liz Borrett.

Men’s Timex Watch Winners:

16-19 Liam McGrath, 20-29 Michael Serani, 30-34 Josh Heinrich, 35-39 Aaron Heidt, 40-44 Randy Goncalves, 45-49 Wayne Little, 50-54 Sergio Pio, 55-59 Kris Malczynski, 60-64 Roly Muller, 65-69 Ken Riegel, 70-74 Bill Faulkner, 80-84 Bruce Butcher.

 

Campbell Mountain 8K

September 27

Provisional results for the Campbell Mountain 8K are now available. Many thanks to all the racers and volunteers for a great morning of trail running.

 

Road race Iron Legs winners

September 25

Congratulations to the following runners who completed every race in this years road race series; Patrick Amundsen, Janice Bradshaw, Brenda Dickson, Mel Doherty, Bill Falkner, Dirk-Tiger Handke, Rhian Harrison, Shanda Hill, Stephen Joyce, Dan Kunzelman, Bradley Meikle, Dustin Quigley & Astrid Varga. They each receive a custom Iron Legs singlet.

We are now on the cross-country race series. Any racer who completes the entire series will be awarded an Iron Legs long sleeve shirt. This years Legs of Steel runners, who complete both the road and cross-country series will receive a custom Legs of Steel running jacket.

 

Reino Run 8K

September 23

Online registration is open for the fourth race in the cross-country series; the Reino Run 8K. Held on the 18th October in the scenic Larch Hills near Salmon Arm, the event helps raise funds for the Larch Hills Junior Ski Team.

 

Summerland Sweets 7K

September 21

Online registration is open for the third race in the cross-country series; the Summerland Sweets 7K. The event, on October 4th, also includes the Tri Power 3K kids run and features fruit wine, syrups and jams as prizes.

New for this year, is a team category for both races. Team members are eligible for individual awards, but also sign up with your team or club to compete in the team category.

 

Hard Knox Challenge

September 20

Provisional results for the Hard Knox Challenge are now available. Many thanks to all the racers, volunteers and organisers for making this a fantastic event!

 

Hard Knox Challenge

September 18

Today is the last day of online sign-up for the brnad new Hard Knox Challenge. Kelwona Running Club will be donating $1 of every sign up to the Terry Fox foundation so sign up now if you haven't already. Sign up closes tonight at 23:59 PST.

Race day registration and bib pickup is available until 8am, also timing chips have to be picked up on race day by all runners.

 

Campbell Mountain 8K

September 10

Registration is now open for the second race of the Cross-Country Series - Campbell Mountain 8K in Penticton. Full details and online sign up is available here.

 

Next Step registration

September 08

Registration is now open for the fall series of Next Step training clinics. This 12 week course will help you reach your next goal and connect you to a full range of running resources throughout the Okanagan running community. Full details and registration are available here.

 

Masters athletes needed

August 09

A new research study of masters athletes is looking for volunteers to help with research. If you are interested and meet the requirements, UBC would be pleased to hear from you. Full details can be found here....

 

Fresh Air Hard Knox 12K

July 30

You may remember last winter we surveyed all runners and Volunteers asking about improvements that might be made to the Peak to Beak run. Peak to Beak had a very loyal following of roughly 100 runners but it has not grown beyond these numbers. In fact, the same familiar faces ran each year but there were fewer as time and life marched on. Time for re-invention!

Given the various discussions and ideas, it has taken a long time to find an exciting model and we feel we have it – Fresh Air Hard Knox Challenge. We have an old friend of the Kelowna Running Club, Fresh Air Concept and Fresh Air Experience on board as a Corporate Sponsor. With their enthusiasm and support we bring the first iteration of an event we will grow from year to year. The Fresh Air Hard Knox Challenge is centered on the popular mountain and park in the north end of Kelowna.

Features of the event will include:

  • Knox Grind – race the Apex trail to the first lookout. The fastest Male and Female runners will win Mizuno runners
  • Two for One IRA race credits – both road and trail series points will be awarded
  • A 12 KM run that includes a lakeshore run to the Delta Grand and then to Paul’s Tomb (one of the best trails in the Kelowna area). A great finishing leg along Poplar Point Road – no killer uphill grind to mount at the end
  • See MapMyRun for route map
  • A post-race BBQ at the finish line – free to runners and volunteers. For your fans and family, at modest charge they too can enjoy food from EK Grill (a sponsor as well)
  • This event will be one everyone - whether runner or walker can enjoy – you do not have to be in marathon condition to succeed.
  • More details are in the planning stage and will unfold soon.

The Zone4 registration system is now open.

Hope you and your friends will join us on September 20th

 

Kamloops Half

July 26

Results are now available for the Kamloops Half.

 

Midsummer 8K

July 06

Results are now available for the Midsummer 8K. Many thanks to all the volunteers for organising a fantastic event!

 

Blackwell Dairy 15K

May 24

Results are now available for the Blackwell Dairy 15K. Many thanks to all the volunteers for organising a fantastic event!

 

Blossom 10 miler

May 10

Blossom 10 miler results are now available. Many thanks to all the volunteers for organising a fantastic event!

 

Oliver 10K

April 12

Oliver 10K results are now available. Many thanks to all the volunteers for organising a fantastic event!

 

Oliver 10K

April 6

Online sign-up for the Oliver 10K is open until April 11, 18:00. Please use online sign up whenever possible as it aids with administration on race day.

 

Okanagan College Half

April 1

Results are now available for the Okanagan College Half Marathon.

 

Spring Run Off

March 15

Results are now available for the Spring Run Off 10K. We shall have the age graded results calculated in the next few days, plus the series points standing.

Many thanks to Kamloops Ridge Runners for putting on a great event and for all the volunteers who made it happen.

 

Kamloops marathon

February 23

The Kamloops marathon organisers are having a launch party this Friday at Runner Sole in Kamloops. Everyone who registers that night gets a free special edition tech running shirts, there will be draws for prizes, food and Jack Miller will be speaking. Full details on their Facebook page.

 

Age graded results

February 21

We've had a number of requests for the age-graded results from the Starting Block 10K. They are currently showing below the regular results table for that race. We are currently working to getting all the previous results updated and hope to have them linked shortly. Many thanks for your patience.

 

Website update

February 19

We are working hard to get all the content of the old site available in this updated website. A priority is to get all the past results available and the current race series details updated. If you come across any links that do not work please do let us know.

 

Vernon Track Club

February 15

With the building of the new track in Vernon the Vernon track club is looking for coaches. Most of the athletes in the club are from the ages of 9-18. The strongest need for coaches is in the 9-13 year old age category. We meet Monday and Wednesday from 5:30pm until 7pm and Saturday from 10 am until noon. The track season runs from the beginning of April until the middle of July.

If you would like to assist a coach on one or two days per week, or coach a program please contact John Machuga at jmachuga@gmail.com for further details.

 

Starting Block 10K results

February 15

Full results are now available. Again, many thanks to Race Director Kim and his awesome team of volunteers.

 

Starting Block 10K results

February 15

Congratulations to all the participants in todays Starting Block 10K in Lavington. Incredible conditions and a great team of volunteers made for a fantastic start to the series. Full results will be posted here very shortly.

Top 3 females: MARIA ZAMBRANO - 36:36, GLYNIS SIM - 38:26, KRYS PICK - 43:37
Top 3 males: HANS AABYE - 33:40, NATHAN CHAMPNESS - 34:02, AARON HEIDT - 34:07

Now would be a great time to sign up for the next race in the series, The River's Spring Run Off in Kamloops.

 

Website update

February 14

We are currently doing some updates to our website and you may find some content is temporarily missing or hard to find. All the information about the first race of the season, the Starting Block 10K can be found here and results will be linked from this home page as soon as they become available.

 

Starting Block 10K

January 12

Online sign up is now available for the Starting Block 10K in Lavington. Sign up here for the first race of the series!

 

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