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Larry Nicholas remembered at 30th annual race
Like so many who knew him, Kelowna runner Cindy Rhodes has some fond memories of Larry Nicholas.
“He always had a smile,” says Rhodes, the race director of this year’s 30th memorial Larry Nicholas 9k cross country race. “I remember Larry as a young, active and friendly guy. He worked at the Parkinson Recreation Centre and liked to climb the brick walls even then."
Larry Nicholas and his friend, Dick Greenway, both from Kelowna, accompanied by their girlfriends set out to climb the treacherous Snow Creek Wall in Leavenworth, Washington. Larry and Dick had climbed this particular route the previous spring.
They were resting on a ledge, waiting for climbers above them to reach the next pitch. Dick was sitting down. Larry was standing on the corner of the ledge when the rocks crumbled out from beneath his feet. He fell immediately, as did Dick, who was roped to him. Both fell 600 feet and neither survived more than a few minutes. Their 22 -year-old girlfriends were there when they fell. It was May 21, 1983. Larry was a day shy of his 24th birthday, while Dick was 26.
“He was athletic and would have been a motivator and inspiration to many,” Larry's sister Linda says. “He could draw funny cartoons.”
Larry was a member of the Kelowna Running Club. In September 1983, Dennis Zahara, a co-worker of Larry's, organized the first cross country run and a year later the Kelowna Running Club integrated the memorial run in the Interior cross country series.
Registration is open for the 30th Larry Nicholas memorial cross country 9k race or the 4k fun run on Nov. 3.
Start is 10 a.m. in Mission Creek Park. The entry fee is $ 12. Added to the memorial run will be the Kid’s race for children 6 and under up to 12 years of age. The kids will run a distance between 1 and 3 km.
For more information or to register, visit www.kelownarunningclub.com