Cross-country race scheduled

On Sunday, Oct. 5 at 10 a.m. there will be a 7.4-kilometre adult cross-country running race and a 3.2-kilometre kids’ race.

On Sunday, Oct. 5 at 10 a.m. there will be a 7.4-kilometre adult cross-country running race and a 3.2-kilometre kids’ race beginning near the Summerland Rodeo Grounds and the Kettle Valley Steam Railway station.

The adults’ race will be the second of five cross-country races put on by the Interior Running Association and sponsored by the Vernon running and outdoor store, The Starting Block.

The 7.4K route will have runners make their way along the relatively flat Trans-Canada Trail towards Summerland, and then at the 3.5K mark they will head back towards the Rodeo Grounds along a higher trail, which includes a few hills before a generally flat and downhill 1.5 kilometres to the finish.

The adults’ race is suitable for both casual joggers as well as more competitive runners.

Last year saw the addition of a 3.2K kids’ race beginning at the same time and 33 runners took part.

They ran along the Trans-Canada Trail towards Summerland and then looped back to the start via a 350-metre hill.

If there are adults who are not up to running 7.4 kilometres they are welcome to run the shorter distance with the younger runners.

The races will have washroom facilities at the start, spotters along the route, and draw prizes.

There will also be prizes for the first three finishers in each of the five-year age categories for the adults’ race, including a bottle of Sleeping Giant Fruit Winery wine for adult age group winners.

There will also be prizes for the top three in the Under 12 as well as the 13 to 15 categories.

To register for either race go to www.zone4.ca.

For more information on the 7.4K race, or if you would like to volunteer, please email Bill Head at theheadband@live.com.  For more information on the kids’ race please contact Mike Braid at jamibraid@shaw.ca.