Ryan Day took top spot at the Okanagan College Half Marathon Sunday.

Close finish in Okanagan College Half Marathon

Ryan Day holds off West Kelowna's Hans Aabye in annual race Sunday in Kelowna.

  • Mon Apr 7th, 2014 2:00pm
  • Sports

In the end just 12 seconds separated the winner and second place finisher in the 12th annual Okanagan College Half Marathon.

Cache Creek’s Ryan Day won the 21.1 km event in a time of 1:11:16 edging out the 2013 winner, Hans Aabye, who finished second. Kelowna’s Jeff Vogt came third in the men’s half marathon division with a finishing time of 1:18:35.

On the women’s side, Salmon Arm’s Sandra Kilmartin came in first with a time of 1:28:56. Michelle Blackburne of West Kelowna came in second at 1:29:45 and Fruitvale’s Heather Johnson placed third at 1:31:26.

In the 10 K race, the top female finishers were: Carrie McGillivray of Kelowna (43:50), Chantal Jeffrey of Blind Bay (43:50) and Vera Geschiere of Kelowna (45:42.)

The men’s 10 K race was swept by Kelowna runners, they were: Jonathan Menzies in first (37:52, Paul Willinsky (38:18), and Ken Byl (40:18.)

The Half Marathon Relay Race was won by the Results 4 Life 2 team (1:24:07.) In second in the relay was Re-Lazy (1:40:11.) Third place went to UBCO War Child with a time of 1:40:47.

“Today’s race couldn’t have been better,” said Race Director Christine Ulmer. “We had a great mix of elite and amateur runners, each of whom added a huge amount of energy and enthusiasm to the event. I continue to be amazed by the wide range of participants in this event. Some of our most competitive racers are under the age of 15 and then we also have some really great seasoned runners who come out to enjoy the nice course and supportive environment.”

“I can’t thank our volunteers enough – they make this race really special and we couldn’t do it without them.”