Local runners cross first

Kelowna runners took top spots today in the Okanagan College’s 14th-annual Half Marathon, 10 KM and Relay Race.

Kelowna’s Christy Lovig tied the women’s 10-kilometre course record, the same record that she set herself at last year’s event.

Lovig ran the distance in 36:48 in both 2015 and 2016, down to the second.

Alison Gill of Kelowna came in second at 41:59 and Camille Galloway, also of Kelowna, finished third at 42:33.

The UBC Okanagan’s cross-country team swept the men’s 10-kilometre race.

Sam Goodrich finished first at 35:49, followed by teammates Michael Mitchell at 36:00 and Alex Hansen at 37:36.

The half-marathon men’s race was won by Kelowna’s Brad Bickley, crossing the finish line at 1:12:24.

Vernon’s Aaron Heidt wasn’t able to defend his title from last year, but still came in second with a time of 1:13:17, followed by Cael Wainer in third at 1:25:06.

The women’s half marathon was won by Kelowna’s Gina Tranquada at 1:29:55, followed by Tracy Dayman at 1:33:57 and Jodi Cochran at 1:34:17.

The half-marathon-relay event was won by team “Your Pace or Mine?”.

The five runners covered the 21.1 kilometre distance in a time of 1:47:58.

Team members included: Jennifer Hostland, Lizzy McKinlay, Laura Fylyshtan, Matt Gibson and Teddy Haley. 

“There were an awful lot of happy faces on the course today,” said Christine Ulmer, race director.

“The sun was shining and temperatures were absolutely perfect. On top of that, we had the largest number of volunteers ever for the race this year so it was very well run and things went off without a hitch. We didn’t break any records, but judging by the number of people who thanked me at the finish line, it was a huge success.”

The Okanagan College Half Marathon, 10 K and Relay is an annual not-for-profit event that raises funds to support student bursaries.

Complete race results will be available online here.

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