When runners lace up for the 11th annual Okanagan College Half Marathon Sunday April 7 they’ll be doing more than simply improving their personal fitness – they’ll be contributing to a brand new award for Okanagan College students.
The Okanagan College Half Marathon Award is designed to recognize those students who demonstrate a deep commitment to and involvement in sport, fitness or recreation in general, said Race Director Christine Ulmer.
“This new scholarship will provide one or more annual awards of $1,000 each for students who are seriously engaged in making fitness part of their lives,” Ulmer said. “That can involve participating in sports and recreation, but it could also mean volunteerism, coaching or even mentorship.”
The Award has been established with $5,400 from proceeds raised through last year’s race.
Proceeds raised through the non-profit event have always gone to support students, and will continue to do so. Funds raised in previous years have gone to various initiatives, such as treadmills for the Kelowna campus gym.
“Now we want to take this commitment to promoting lifetime fitness and wellness by providing financial support to those students who are engaged in an active lifestyle whether at the local, provincial, national or even international level.”
Registration is still open for The Okanagan College Half Marathon, 10 K and Relay races, which begin between 8 and 8:15 a.m. at the KLO Road campus of Okanagan College.
The half marathon course will cover 21.1-km from the campus down along the scenic Abbott Street corridor into City Park and up the first hill on Knox Mountain. Runners will then make their way back along the waterfront, finishing back at the KLO campus.
The shorter distance course covers the same course and allows up to five runners to participate in segments of approximately four kilometres each. There is also a 10-km route, which takes runners along the same first and last portions of the 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.
To register for the race, find out more about the course or to view entry fee deadlines, visit: www.okanagan.bc.ca/halfmarathon.
Anyone interested in volunteering can contact Michelle Lowry at 250-762-5445 ext. 4649 or at [email protected].
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