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Okanagan Running Collective looking to get Kelowna Marathon back on track

The Kelowna Marathon hasn’t happened for several years
The Okanagan Running Collective is trying to bring back the Kelowna Marathon. (Black Press file photo)

It’s at the starting line, but the Kelowna Marathon might be back on track.

The Okanagan Running Collective (ORC), a non-profit that promotes unity, active lifestyles, and tourism, is aiming to bring back the Kelowna Marathon for 2024.

“Our mission goes beyond organizing a marathon,” said ORC Founder Benjamin Violot. “It’s about bringing the community together, inspiring active lifestyles, and celebrating this beautiful place we call home. Yet this doesn’t mean we want to compromise on quality, and we are building a 5-star race like any big city race. We’ve shared our vision with the City of Kelowna, and we hope to have them as partners in this project.”

While other races have taken place in the city, the Kelowna Marathon has been absent for years and the ORC feels like it’s been leaving a void in the community.

ORC’s effort to bring back the race is a combined effort with Centre Culturel Francophone de l’Okanagan, Interior Running Association, Kelowna Running Club, Kelowna Triathlon Club, November Project, Okanagan Parkrun and more.

“We are grateful for the chance to spread the word about our initiative and invite the community to join us in this exciting endeavor,” added Violot.

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Jordy Cunningham

About the Author: Jordy Cunningham

Hailing from Ladner, B.C., I have been passionate about sports, especially baseball, since I was young. In 2018, I graduated from Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops with a Bachelor of Journalism degree
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