It’s time to hit the ground running and Okanagan runners can get a head start on the race—early-bird registration for the 2016 Okanagan College Half Marathon, 10 K and Relay Race is now open.
This is the 14th year for the race, which will be held on Sunday, April 3 in Kelowna. The not-for-profit event raises scholarship funds that support Okanagan College students who are involved in recreation and athletics.
Last year, Kelowna’s Christy Lovig joined more than 400 running enthusiasts on the course that boasts unparalleled lake views to take the women’s 10 K title with a time of 36:48.
“I’ve run the college’s half marathon and 10 K numerous times, and I always look forward to the fast course throughout our beautiful city,” said Lovig. “It’s a pleasure to run in a well-organized event that is backed by such enthusiastic organizers, volunteers, supporters and participants.”
With start and finish lines at the Okanagan College Kelowna campus, the 21.1 km half marathon course runs along the scenic City Park and up to Knox Mountain before looping back towards Gyro Beach. The relay race allows up to five runners to share the same distance in 4 km segments, while the 10 K has runners turn around in City Park.
“We are doing a few things differently this year and I think our runners are going to be really happy with the improvements,” said Christine Ulmer, race director.
“The course will remain the same but we’re enhancing some of our services for runners, most notably the food. We hear every year that we have the best post-race snacks and we’re going to provide an even better selection of food this year.”
The race will offer cash prizes to the winners of the half marathon event. Prizes for the top relay and 10 km finishers will also be handed out.
Each year, more than 60 volunteers from the community make the event possible and a great success. Non-runners who wish to be involved in the race can contribute their time as race volunteers or course marshals. No experience is necessary.
“We have volunteers of all ages who join us on race day,” said Ulmer. “From young families, local sports team members, and retired runners, everyone always has a great time at cheering our participants on along the course.”
To register, for more details about the course, and entry fee deadlines, visit www.okanagan.bc.ca/halfmarathon.
Those interested in volunteering can contact Michelle Lowry at 250-762-5445 ext. 4649 or at email@example.com.
Race quick facts:
• Start time: 8 a.m. (10 K) and 8:15 a.m. (half marathon and relay)
• Early Bird fees, until Feb. 14: $35 (10 K) and $50 (half marathon)
• Relay team fees: $125 (until March 30)
• Follow the Facebook page for updates, training tips and photos