The 30th edition of the Larry Nicholas Memorial Cross Country Race produced a first-time winner as Jake Allen topped the field of 90 runners last Sunday at Mission Creek park.
Van Allen completed the three-loop, 9 K run on in 31 minutes one second, just edging out perennial contender Trevor Haaheim
“Trevor was behind me, and then he pulled ahead,” said Van Allen, a recent newcomer to the Kelowna area. “I just tried to bide my time and passed him at last little hill before you come down to the finish. We just moved to Kelowna a few months ago and it’s the best place on earth.”
The fastest woman of the day was Jane Bond, finishing in a time of 39 minutes 10 seconds.
Fourtee runners ran the shorter course of 4 km, and an impressive number of kids took part in the subsequent Kid’s race.
The annual Larry Nicholas run is carried out in memory of Larry Nicholas and Dick Greenway. The two young men from Kelowna died 1983 in a tragic climbing accident in Leavenworth, Washington, when they tried to climb the treacherous Snow Creek Wall. Their two girlfriends, Sheila and Diane, were there when the fatal accident happened. This year marked the 30th annual event.
The Larry Nicholas run was the last one of this year’s five Interior cross country races.