100s cross the finish line

Chantelle Deacon

Around 450 grade four and five runners from across the region competed at their final cross country race of the season Wednesday in Naramata.

The district race took place at Manitou Park, with crisp air and a slight breeze.

"It gives them the opportunity to train from the time they get back to school in September and prepare for it," said Mike Townley, race director. "It develops their cardiovascular system from a physical health point of view, it gives them a commitment and it's enjoyable."

Townley has organized the School District 67 cross country running races since the year 2000 and has watched many talented and successful runners compete.

One Grade 5 student who attends Giant's Head Elementary School in Summerland explained how running makes her feel invincible.

"I practise a lot at home and at school, 2 km everyday," said Andrea Erunner, Grade 5 race champion. "I just love running."

The top finishers completed the 2.6 km course in 10 to 11 minutes.

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