Runners take to the course in East Kelowna for the 30th edition of the Fresh Air Experience Run/Walk for Women.

Big turnout for 30th annual Run for Women

Annual event draws large crowd as Malindi Elmore and Teegan Schoch win their respective divisions at the Fresh Air-sponsored event

  • Jun. 13, 2013 11:00 a.m.

Close to 400 women and girls took to the streets of East Kelowna Sunday morning for the 30th edition of the Fresh Air Experience Run/Walk for Women.

A pair of Kelowna runners showed the way as Malindi Elmore finished first in the 10 K event, while Teegan Schoch crossed the line first in the 5 K run.

Elmore (F 30 to 34) completed the 10K course in 35 minutes 45 seconds, more than two minutes ahead of Westbank’s Cherienne Watson (F 45 to 49) who finished in 37:49.

West Kelowna’s Laura McEwen (F 35 to 39) was third overall in 41:57, while Cindy Rhodes, the 55 to 59 age group winner, was fourth in 42:10.

Other age group 10 K winners were: Michelle Blackburne, Siobhan McManus, Helen Munro, Dannica Stevenson, Jill Gilroy, Claire Dewitt, Barbara Mandau and Beryl Tremblay.

In the 5 K race, Schoch finished in 18:25, 24 seconds ahead of Warwick, Quebec’s Gabrielle Racine.

Kelowna’s Manda Watt was third in 19:28, while Trisha Metro was fourth in 20:01.

Age group winners in the 5 K were: Schoch, Watt, Tiffany Fowler, Barb Pullan, Jill Sader, Kristin Boersma, Tamara Ushy, Janice Bradshaw, Bonni Walker, Veralynn Ellison, Sammy Harris, Gabriela Beselt, Liz Borrett and Jos Penner.

The event also featured the first run in the Fresh Air Strong Kids series, a three-race program for children two to 12 years old, with 120 runners taking part.


Proceeds from the Run/Walk for Women are split between Big Brothers, Big Sisters and the YMCA’s Strong Kids program.



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