After settling for second best last September, Kelowna’s Trevor Haaheim was back on top in 2012.
The 40-year-old Haaheim captured the Peak to Beak Run for the fifth time, completing the 18 km course on Sunday in one hour five minutes 49 seconds.
Beginning at Knox Mountain and ending at Quail’s Gate Winery, Haaheim reeled in Merritt’s Hans Aabye at around the 10 km mark on Campbell Road and never looked back.
Aabye finished more than 3 1/2 minutes behind in 1:09:25, while Kelowna’s Gary Wade took third in 1:11:16.
The women’s champion was Kelowna’s Cindy Rhodes who was ninth overall in 1:18:34.
While the field has been stronger at some past Peak to Beak events, Haaheim was still pleased with the win.
“A lot of it depends on who shows up for the race,” said Haaheim. “Every year I’m thinking I’m going to a whole new level and break an hour, but of course I wasn’t close to that. It was good enough for the field that was there so I was happy.”
Haaheim was hoping Kelowna’s John Machuga would have entered in the race as he had already won five events on the Interior Running Association. However, Machuga is sticking to shorter events this season.
“John has really upped his game, he would have been hard to beat,” Haaheim said.
Haaheim (M40-44), Aabye (M35-39), Wade (M45-49) and Rhodes (F55-59) all won their respective age groups.
Other age group winners from Kelowna were: Jeff Vogt (M30-34) in 1:15:25; Stacie Carrigan (F30-34); Corrine Gable (F45-49); Jen Cates (F40-44); Kendall Cowley (F20-29); Diane Leonard (F65-69); Shawn Baenziger (M65-69); and Astrid Varga (F60-64).
The Peak to Beak, the last road race of the IRA season, featured 98 runners.
The IRA’s cross country running season kicks off this Sunday is Salmon Arm with the Reino Keski Salmi 10 K.
Kelowna will host the Larry Nicholas 10 K on Oct. 21.