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Okanagan College Half Marathon set for March 29

Registration now open for annual event that includes 10K run route and a relay race.

Registration is now open for the 2015 Okanagan College Half Marathon, 10 K and Relay Race, with this year’s running events taking place on Sunday, March 29, in Kelowna.

The race has grown steadily over the past decade and has adapted to offer a variety of distances and fun events to encourage participation from every type of runner – from newbies to corporate challenge teams to competitive racers.

The event, which raises money to support college students involved in recreation and athletics, has a long and proud history in the Okanagan thanks to the great support it has received from local runners and volunteers.

“We have fine-tuned the race over the past few years and are pleased to offer a really great course with excellent support along the way,” said race director Christine Ulmer.

“Every year I have runners tell me our volunteers make the race really special for them. I have to agree, we have the most enthusiastic crowds at our water stations and our course marshals are there every step of the way to keep runners on course and give them that extra boost of encouragement.”

The races begin at 8 (10 K) and 8:15 a.m. (half marathon and relay) at the Kelowna campus on KLO Road. The half marathon course will cover 21.1 kms of Kelowna pavement, taking runners along the Abbott corridor into City Park and will turn around atop the first hill on Knox Mountain. Runners will make their way back along the waterfront to Gyro Beach, across Lakeshore and finish back at the KLO campus.

For new runners or those looking for a shorter distance, the relay race covers the same course as the half marathon and allows up to five runners to participate in segments of approximately 4 km each.

Back for a sixth year is the popular 10 km route, which will take runners along the same first and last portions of the half marathon course with a turnaround in City Park.

Prize money will be offered to the top three finishers in the male and female division of the half marathon. On each side, first place will receive $250, second place will take $150 and the third place finisher will receive $100. Prizes will also be offered to winners of the 10 km and relay portion of the race.

Any non-runners wishing to be involved with the race can lend their time as race volunteers or course marshals, explained Ulmer.

“There’s no experience necessary, just some common sense, enthusiasm and a desire to help out.”

To register, find out more about the course or to view entry fee deadlines, visit: okanagan.bc.ca/halfmarathon.

To volunteer, contact Michelle Lowry at 250-762-5445 ext. 4649 or at mlowry@okanagan.bc.ca.

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