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Ski 2 Sea race runs through Kelowna

On Sunday, April 14, teams of two to seven athletes and soloists competed against each other and the stopwatch in Ski 2 Sea, a race that spans 95 kilometers from Big White to Kelowna City Park.

Since the inaugural event in 1980, Ski 2 Sea has grown from four categories to six and includes Nordic skiing, mountain biking, running and others.  

Soloists, who finish the race on their own, and teams consisting of no more than seven members, relayed from alpine skiing on the slopes of Big White to kayaking in Lake Okanagan.

Jean Philippe Poirier is originally from Quebec, but now lives in Kelowna.  A group at his work were in need of a runner so he decided to give it a try.  He has been running for only a year and it is his first year competing in the event.

“The energy here is really good,” he said.  "I would definitely do it again."

Chris McManus, who helped out at the Peck Road transition, has been a volunteer for the past two years.

“I do it because it’s fun,” she said.

“It’s a great way to give back to the sporting community.”

For more details about the race and results visit the Ski 2 Sea website.

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