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College opens 2013 half marathon registration

Okanagan College Media Release

Registration is now open for the 2013 Okanagan College Half Marathon, 10 K and Relay Race, with this year’s running events taking place on Sunday, April 7 in Kelowna.

The race has grown steadily over the past decade and has adapted to offer a variety of distances and fun events to encourage participation from every type of runner – from newbies to corporate challenge teams to competitive racers.

“The 2013 race will be a celebration of running, fitness and participation in our community,” said Christine Ulmer, Race Director.

The event, which raises money to support student recreation and athletics at the College, has a long and proud history in the Okanagan thanks to the great support it has received from local runners and also as a result of the dedication of a number of volunteers who make the race happen every year.

“We organized a phenomenal race last year,” said Ulmer. “We offer a great course with amazing volunteers, good food, a fun and relaxed atmosphere, and have some of the lowest entry fees for a race of this type and size.”
 
Each of the three races begin between 8 and 8:15 a.m. at the KLO Road campus of Okanagan College.

The half marathon course will cover 21.1 kms of Kelowna pavement, taking runners along the Abbott corridor into City Park and will turn around atop the first hill on Knox Mountain. Runners will make their way back along the waterfront to Gyro Beach, across Lakeshore and finish back at the KLO campus.

For new runners or those looking for a shorter distance, the relay race covers the same course as the half marathon and allows up to five runners to participate in segments of approximately 4 km each.

Back for a fourth year is the popular 10 km route, which will take runners along the same first and last portions of the half marathon course with a turnaround in City Park.

Prize money will be offered to the top three finishers in the male and female division of the half marathon. On each side, first place will receive $250, second place will take $150 and the third place finisher will receive $100. Prizes will also be offered to winners of the 10 km and relay portion of the race.

Any non-runners wishing to be involved with the race can lend their time as race volunteers or course marshals, explained Ulmer.

“There’s no experience necessary, just some common sense and a desire to help out. Course marshals do not direct traffic but momentarily stop cars to allow racers to pass.” 


To register, find out more about the course or to view entry fee deadlines, visit: www.okanagan.bc.ca/halfmarathon.

All proceeds from the race are donated to Okanagan College’s campus recreation programs. To volunteer, contact Michelle Lowry at 250-762-5445 ext. 4649 or at mlowry@okanagan.bc.ca.