RATS hosting Kal Park run

Kal RATS hosting Kalamalka Park run as part of Interior Running Association cross-country series.

Trail enthusiasts will have a chance to fill their dirt quota at the Kalamalka Park Cross-Country Run on Sunday, Oct. 27.

The event, hosted by the Kal RATS, features 9.5- and 2.5-kilometre loops and is the fourth leg of the Interior Running Association’s cross-country series.

Registration is available online ($15) at www.zone4.ca, or on race day ($20) until 9:30 a.m.

The race start is at 10 a.m. from the main parking lot of Juniper/Jade Bay, at the end of Kidston Road.

The course is a mix of gravel trail and single track, with some challenging climbs and descents.

“It’s a fun route to run that includes some spectacular views of Kal Lake,” said Laura Medcalf, race director. “The course is really well marked and we have fantastic volunteers who not only direct you on the right path, but offer lots of enthusiastic words of encouragement.”

The new 2.5-km ($8 registration, or $10 on race day) distance offers an easier alternative for kids and those who aren’t quite up to the full distance.

“It’ll be a great addition for anyone who wants to try a cross-country race, but isn’t sure they are ready for the full distance,” said Medcalf. “New runners, new to trail runners and kids are all welcome to come give it a try.

There will be prizes for best Halloween costume for each age group.

More information about the race, and the Kal RATS, visit www.kalrats.com.