Kelowna's Reiter wins Okanagan College Half Marathon

Kelowna's Nathan Reiter was the first to cross the finish line Sunday at the Okanagan College Half Marathon.
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Kelowna runners swept the top three spots at the 2012 edition of the Okanagan College Half Marathon.

Nathan Reiter (M25 to 29) completed the 21.1 km run on a cool, rainy Sunday morning in Kelowna in one hour 15 minutes 23 seconds.

John Machuga (M 30-34) was a close second in 1:15:31, while Chad Reid (M35-40) placed third in 1:17:19.

Kelowna's Gary Wade topped the men's 40 to 44 age group and placed seventh overall in 1:23:28.

Vernon's Mary Edgar (F 25-29) was the first female to finish the half marathon, placing 18th overall in 1:29:38.

The top Kelowna woman was Nikki Reiter (F25-29) who was 22nd overall in 1:30:17, while Cindy Rhodes, the women's 55 to 59 winner, was close behind in 1:30:24.

Other age group winners from Kelowna were: Danita Schreiber (F45-49) in 1:33:15; Riki-Lynn Boettcher (F 30-34) in 1:35:45; Mark McGowan (M 50-54) in 1:38:53; Natasha Wood (F35-40) in 1:42:47; Michelle Sinclair (F40-44) in 1:46:09; and Diane Leonard (F 60+) in 1:54:29.

There were 236 finishers in the half marathon.

In the 10 km event, Garrett Anstett of Calgary came across the line first in 37 minutes 14 seconds.

The next four finishers were Kelowna runners: Alex Hansen (38:30), Aurelien Schilles (38:30), Keegan Hoffman (40:03), and Zach Robbins (40:10).

The first woman to finish the 10 k was Kelowna's Tiffany Fowler in 43:40.

In the relay event, Mazda 5 took top spot in 1:37:27. Zoom was second with a time of 1:40:59.

Oliver's Riley Martin, the lone wheelchair athlete, finished the half marathon in three hours 16 seconds.

More than 500 runners took part in the annual fundraising even with all proceeds support student recreation and athletics at Okanagan College.


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