Morning Star Staff
Predator Ridge Resort provided an outstanding venue for the Okanagan Trail Events run/walk Sunday with 55 participants enjoying brilliant blue sky and warm temperatures.
Organizer Glenn Bond said he plans on holding a second event next year.
“The feedback on the trail was it was tough but the views and scenery were well worth the effort,” said Bond.
“Almost everyone took advantage of using the Fitness Centre pool and hot tub afterwards. Participants noted that home owners came out on their decks and cheered as the racers went by, which is a great boost to the runners.”
Steve Briggeman topped the eight-kilometre run in 46 minutes and 57 seconds. He is in the 50-59 category.
George Romano was runner-up in 49:06, followed by Cheryl Elsworth in 49:24 and Ron Metza in 52:02.
Natalya Ariano finishd fifth overall and took the 14-17 age group with a 52:34, followed by Annika Ariano at 55:07.
Chaz Friesen was first in 30-39 with a 52:53, while Elsworth topped the 40-49 division and Rob Moore ruled the 60-69 in 53:31.
Michael Smith (18-29) won the 5-k run in 27:41, while Parker Munroe was runner-up and took the 8-10 age group in 28:32 and Kelsey Fillion topped the 11-13 category in 37:03.
Anita Markson ran a 29:18 to claim the 30-39 prize in 29:18, while Ken Leahy ruled the 40-49 in 29:18 and Denis Nogue took the 50-59 title in the same time. Markson and Leahy shared third overall.
Carter Leahy was the overall winner in the 2-k run with a 10:43, in front of Mitchell Bond (11:21) and Myles Howell (11:46).
Brooke Lawlor was fourth in 11:49.
The 7 and under class title went to Sierra Munroe at 14:07, while Bond took the 8-10 and Morgan Mardiros ruled the 14-17 in 17:43.
Kate Ball, pushing a baby carriage, claimed the 40-49 title in 21:39.
The 5-k walk winner was Lyle Brewer with 1:02.8, followed by Charlene Fair and Jan Shumay, who crossed the finish line together at 1:03.8.