A RUNNING EXPLOSION
Every Saturday morning, in a dozen countries, in over 800 parks, over 1 million runners participate in a timed 5k run. These runs are put on by volunteers and there is no entry fee.
As stated on the Parkrun website “It’s for everyone. Whether you’re young or old, male or female, fit or unfit, able-bodied or not, you’re always welcome. It’s not about racing, it’s about running.”
This phenomenon began in the United Kingdom in 2004 and grew exponentially a few years later. Over 1.5 million runners have participated, many of them first time runners who have taken up the sport in a more serious fashion. However, one of the main objectives is to encourage non-runners to become more active.
While the run has spread from the United Kingdom to Australia, Russia, the United States and several other countries, there have not been any Parkrun events in Canada. Will that change? Stay tuned.
SUMMER RACE EVENTS
Hard work is being done in preparation for the three road races in the Interior Running Association road race series for 2016, namely EK’s Grill 5k (May 22, 2016), the Fresh Air Midsummer 8k (July 3, 2016) and the Fresh Air Hard Knox 12k (August 14, 2016).
The Fresh Air Midsummer 8k is a provincial championship, which requires extra attention to detail (although aren’t we near perfect all the time?).
Don’t forget that Fresh Air Experience has put up a prize of a $500 Fresh Air gift certificate. To be eligible for the draw one must participate in at least one of these races or in the Fresh Air Women’s Run 5k and 10k (June 12, 2016) and must register early. Each time one enters one of these races at least 30 days prior to the race date, their name is entered in the draw, which will be made at the Larry Nicholas Cross Country race on October 30, 2016. So fellas, you have three chances to win, while the gals have four chances (which is only fair, isn’t it?).
Rooms at UCBO in the students' accomodation has been set aside for the Fresh Air Midsummer 8k and Fresh Air Hard Knox. Information is attached. Please note that the booking deadline is May 16, 2016. So if you are from out of town and do not wish to travel the morning of the race act now.
This year the Kelowna Running Club is awarding a unique medal to all participants in the three Kelowna Running Club sponsored road races. Each runner will receive a stand alone medal. If someone does all three races, the medals all clip together via magnetic hook and they have a very unique medal. Don’t pass up the opportunity to receive such a unique medal, while improving your chances of winning the $500 gift certificate.
NEXT STEP RUNNING TRAINING
Want to take your running to the next level? Well, here’s a deal for you!
R.J. Dueck, one of Kelowna’s more accomplished runners and a certified coach, is offering free running training at the Apple Bowl in Kelowna, commencing March 15, 2016 and continuing until November 1, 2016. These Tuesday sessions will commence at 6:00 P.M.
RJ invites runners with all levels of ability to come and enjoy individual and group coaching. Group sessions always provides great motivation. The workout will be varied and promise to be fun.
If you wish more information you may email RJ.
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