If you are new to road running in and around Kelowna, you may be asking yourself where is a good place to run. While many great routes are run on our early Saturday morning club runs, here are a number of suggestions for the rest of the week. This list is by no means exhaustive, but do represent a good sampling of great places to run. These suggestions encompass routes that have great scenery and/or limited vehicle traffic. Not all of the roads have much of a shoulder so, as always, run facing traffic and stay alert.
The most popular running route is the Mission Park Greenway. This gravel packed route follows the Mission Creek from Lakeshore Road upstream 16 kilometers. It is a gentle rise, at least for the first 12 kilometers. The last 4 kilometers encompass some stairs. If looking for a scenic run that is slightly longer than 6 kilometers, park in the lot along the creek at the end of Hollywood Road South and run upstream to the stairs and back. Gorgeous and peaceful.
A route that encompasses running and sightseeing is the Kettle Valley Railway. To commence your run at the start of the railway, drive up KLO to McCulloch and follow McCulloch out of the city over KLO Creek and watch for signs directing you to Kettle Valley Railway. This is very flat, over gravel packed road and wooden train trestles. You even get to run through a couple of tunnels and the view back towards Kelowna is fantastic.
Another great route is along Valley Road in the Glenmore district. The lower portion of Valley Road has a separate running/biking path and most of the remaining suggested route has a bike path along the shoulder of the road. Follow Valley Road up from Summit Drive to Curtis, right on Curtis to Sexsmith, left on Sexsmith to Mail, then right on Longhill back to Valley and left back to the beginning. This would be approximately 11 kilometers. To shorten the run to about 8 kilometers, park at one of the strip malls on Kane and run to Valley and turn left and use the previous directions. For the most part the hills on this route are moderate, although the run down Longhill is a little longer and steeper.
For a run through the orchards of South East Kelowna, park at the junction of KLO, McCulloch and East Kelowna Road. Run down East Kelowna Road to Reid, then up Reid to Pooley, left on Pooley to Bemrose, up to Reekie and then straight down Reekie through to and down McCulloch back to the start. There are limited shoulders on the road, but traffic is light, except on McCulloch, where there is a bike path. There is a short, steep uphill on Reid and the last part of the run down McCulloch is a steep downhill. Distance is just under 7 kilometers.
There are a few routes out of City Park in downtown Kelowna. There is parking at City Park (free on weekends and holidays). Some runners turn right at the lake and run along the lake front past the Kelowna Yacht Club, along the boardwalk through the Rotary Marshes to Sunset Drive. A return from here would result in a 4 kilometer run. To extend that run to over 6.5 kilometers, turn left on Sunset to Manhatten, right on Manhatten to Ellis and left on Ellis to the entrance to Knox Mountain Park.
Others turn left at the lake in City Park, pass under the highway, run up Lake to Abbott and follow Abbott. At the end of Abbott you can turn right on Cedar to Walnut, follow Walnut to Watt and run to the popular Gyro Park. A turn around part way through Gyro Park will result in an 8 kilometer run. A good portion of Abbott has a separate running/biking path and the rest of Abbott has a bike path. Very flat and limited traffic.
Finally, for a run in West Kelowna start at the junction of Highway 97 and Campbell Road and follow Campbell Road to Bendick. The hills are moderate, the traffic light and there is a bike path on Campbell Road. If you turn around at the end of Bendick, the total run would be just under 6 kilometers. Continuing past Bendick on the trail along a lake to the parking lot would extend this to just over 8 kilometers. Continuing beyond the parking lot to Sunnyside would extend the run to almost 10 kilometers.
If you are interested in trail running you can obtain trail bike maps from Fresh Air Experience/Concepts at either one of their Kelowna locations. Just watch out for the bikes!
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All Goats’ runs meet every Saturday at 7:15 am for a 7:30 start (except for runs on statutory holidays, which start at 8:00 am. After the run (at their own pace) runners meet back at the starting point at 9:00 am for coffee and breakfast.
There are usually a number of optional routes proposed. Those that may want to run further often start earlier, run the shorter route (usually 4 to 5km), return to the start location in time for the club announcements at 7:25 am, then join in for the longer route of their choosing, to accumulate their goal distance. Start time for these runners depends on their anticipated timing for the shorter route.
If you would like to host a run from your home, please contact us a few weeks in advance. Or, if you have any suggestions for a new route or a possible venue for coffee, please let us know.
A reminder will be generally sent to runners on the club email list the Wednesday prior to each weekend. Suggested routes (including maps), and location of coffee/breakfast will be indicated at that time.
All information is also be posted on the Kelowna Running Club Facebook Page.
The given routes are simply suggestions; runners adapt and change to meet their own training, fitness, or injury needs. Walkers are welcome.
We look forward to you joining us and welcome visiting runners.
Feel free to join a dedicated group of runners and walkers in the twice weekly Creekers run. This run and walk has been taking place for decades. The group meets Monday and Thursday at 4:00 pm at the parking lot on the south side of Mission Creek off the KLO bridge. While the typical distance for runners is 7 km. up the Mission Greenway to Creekside Road, one can make it shorter or longer as desired. This is a very non-competitive run and walk, dedicated to regular exercise and fellowship.
During the hot months of July and August the start time may be moved to 8:00 am. Feel free to contact “The Coach” (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further information.