Vancouver runners tops at Midsummer 8 K

Vancouver's Adam Byles set the pace for all others at the 2014 Midsummer 8 K Run Sunday in Kelowna.
— image credit: Dirk Handke/Contributed

Vancouver runners showed the way at this year's edition of the Midsummer 8 K Run.

Adam Byles was the men's and overall winner on Sunday morning with a time of 25 minutes 13 seconds, while Natasha Wodak triumphed in the women's event in 28:07.

Byles won by 43 seconds over fellow Vancouverite  Kevin O’Connor who came home in 25:56, while Kelowna's Jeff Vogt was third in 27:56.

“I was trying to get out hard and to hang in there,” said Byles. “It was an interesting race. I run lots on the track and liked the forth-and-back and it’s flat.”

Wodak was a 23-second winner over Kimberley Doerksen of Gibsons (28:30), while Melissa Ross from Errington was third in 29:23.

“It wasn’t my fastest time, I ran 8 k quite a bit faster,” she says, adding, “They just said go, there was no countdown. That was really funny.”

Christy Lovig, with a time of 30:11, was the fastest woman from Kelowna and placed fifth overall.

Age group winners from Kelowna were Jeff Vogt, Rory Switzer, Jon Williams, Brian Rourke, Cindy Rhodes, Roly Muller, Caroline Raine (West Kelowna), Dannica Wade, Peter Pollhammer, Rosalie Swart, Diane Leonard, Liz Borrett and Rose McKitrick.

Race director R.J. Dueck organized the event, with 183 runners finishing the race.

The scenic route started and ended at Gyro Park with a turnaround in City Park. The athletes ran parallel to the lake, along Abbott Street and through  residential areas.

The Midsummer 8K race is part of the Interior Race Series and the Timex Race Series.

Cash prizes awaited the first three overall female/male winners and medals beckoned the first three in all age categories.

The race included wheelchair racers and a kid’s race. The kids ran a shorter course of 1 km and 3 km respectively.

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