Good luck to all the PACERs racing the Dirty Feet Trail Race in Kal Park this weekend!!
Jamie & Jade: 25km
Alana, Tammy & Claudia Richardson: 50km
Registration is open for the 3rd annual Autumn Rush Trail Race happening Oct 10th in Myra Bellvue Provincial Park.
Early bird pricing is currently in effect! Come an experience this challenging race course with 90% single track trails & featuring one of Kelownas best kept secrets... Angel Springs.
Home made finishers medals. Home made jam. Beer gardens. We support charity. Inspiration station & more!
The trail races on our series are challenging. They are designed by trail runners for trail runners and we fit in as much climbing, technical descending, beautiful views and quality single track as we can find.
Join us for 3 gorgeous days of trail running in some of the most beautiful mountains in the West Kootenays!
We have NEW trails, peaks and daily schedule for 2015. Our camp will include the same great hospitality , tasty food and friendliness we are known for, as well as we have added more technique and information sessions, including video analysis by professional running coach, Rene Unser.
Each day has a daily technique session, strength workout or video analysis. We have evening socials which include group dinner, wine, beer, slideshow & photos of the day.
AM - technique session
PM - afternoon session on the 12k Broken Goat race course / Red Mountain. Approx. 3hrs
AM - approx. 5hr run/hike session along the 7summits trail from Nancy Greene Summit + including two peaks: Mt. Plewman & Old Glory.
PM - afternoon yoga, rolling and recovery group session
AM - approx. 5hr run/hike session along the 2nd half of the 7summits trail + including 2-3 peaks such as Record MTN, Granite, Grey and/or Kirkup.
This is my second year running with this race and love it even more. I was able to bring some friends from Alberta because I wanted them to experience what I had experienced....all of which a person cannot describe in any kind of words and you need to see and feel for yourself. Although I rerouted myself somehow during the race, I was given the option to still continue or else still place in the 16 km category, which I am very grateful for. I love the new people that you meet as well as the familiar ones. The volunteers, Rene, and many others I may have forgotten, the positive energy and love that is in the air will never be forgotten. Thanks again for a great race and what a great girls weekend this made, as we will be back! Thanks. Jackie Beet
In a flash, just like the speed of the racers this year, Spring Rush Trail Race is finito! I am always so amazed how months of work can be over so fast. I still want to be hanging out at the finish line with the racers, socializing, talking to them about their experience, making new friends, thanking them for choosing our series and and "high-fiving" over their accomplishments.
The trail running community is a lovely group of good hearted, kind and tough people. I woke up the morning of the race and felt sick about the rain. I wanted everyone who had traveled near and far to experience the gorgeous Okanagan for what it's known for. Sunny skies, warm spring temps and most importantly to see every rootin-tootin birds eye view that Spring Rush has to offer and what I felt we had promised everyone. I had to let it go. Rain Shmain. Running is a gift and the experience is going to be unique this year and memorable in a new way. I am rolling with it. It energized me even more.
Upon set up, it became clear how insignificant the rain was to others too. The volunteers were smiling, positive, bundled up and ready to make the day remarkable despite the crappy weather. Then sign on opened and happy go-lucky 27k racers started to show up. No grumbles. In fact I heard a crew from Vancouver saying "we are used to running in these conditions. It's going to be another great day out on the trails". This attitude and energy continued right through to the kids race and windup of the event.
Spring Rush filled for the 2nd year in a row and drew over 160 runners from all over the joint. Families, spectators, volunteers, kids and passing locals who decided to pop in to check out what was happening and have a pulled-pork sandwich from the master chef's creation from Sturgeon Hall/Fernando's. Thank you for your support and donations. 100% of the proceeds from the BBQ went to charity. Canadian Mental Health Association. CMHA. We also donate $2.00 from every race entry back to charity. We have a simple motto:
Running feels good. Giving back feels good. Doing both feels great.
I truly believe in the quality of our race course and I feel proud to invite runners to experience this hidden gem in West Kelowna. I hope you all felt the same. It's a hard race. Really hard, however the quality of single-track, abundance of views, themed aid stations, friendly volunteers, homemade apple pies & custom hand made finishers medals make up for the suffering that is required to finish this race. It's no bologna and even the 5k racers here have their work cut out for them with approx. 800 feet of climbing.
Our sponsors. These brands back us year, after year, after year and support us because they value community. Believe in giving back and are just down right good folks. Their generosity isn't lost on us or our racers.
To all the racers of Spring Rush 2015. Thank you for choosing our series to spend your trail time with. We recognize you have lots of options as our industry grows and we really appreciate all the hard work and time you put into preparing for our race and/or the travel time to visit our city and investment into your participation fees. Results are now posted & can be viewed on ultra signup!
On behalf of the team at PACE, we sincerely hope you had a positive experience on and off the trails with us and your fellow trail runners and felt the love and good vibrations we try to put out at our events!
Congratulations to all the finishers. I hope those who won the homemade pies are enjoying them and that your finishers medal finds it way to a special place. Well earned.
PACE Trail Race Series
Broken Goat 50k/25k/12k
The first bib pick up option starts today at Kelowna Cycle on Pandosy from 4-6pm. Thank you to our wonderful volunteers and Kelowna Cycle for hosting.
Thank you to everyone who has registered for Spring Rush. The race is full, registration is closed + you can no longer adjust the distance you're registered in.
Bib Pick Up #1 is happening at Kelowna Cycle on Pandosy from 4-6pm Thursday 23rd.
Bib Pick Up #2 is happening at Kelowna Cycle on Pandosy from 6-8pm Friday 24th.
Out of Town ONLY morning of the race and you must email Jamie to set up.
Full details can be found under "race information".
See you Saturday for a super fun day out on the trails in Rose Valley!
Click for Map to Kelowna Cycle
Tyler and I had to walk the 3.3km from our hotel into the little town of Lons-le-Saunier, France for the start of our race on Sunday. We were running the 19km L'Ermitage route in Le Trail des Reculées trail race. No biggie, really. We weren’t exactly serious competitors (but let's go ahead and include the walk from the hotel so I can call it 22.3km). Once there, the high-octane, warm-up aerobics, lead in part by the red cow from La Vache Qui Rit cheese (apparently manufactured nearby), did not disappoint and tout à coup, we were off.
The first climb was at the 3km mark: mixed stones and mud as slippery as over-ripe brie—the trail too tight and steep to pass or be passed. After the hilltop town of Montagiu, we dropped down again sharply in what must have been a stream bed, allowing me to confirm two things I already knew to be true. One, that I truly shine going uphill, and two, French trail runners are complètement fous—even reckless—and have a different type of ankle joint than Canadians.
The second major climb at 7km was a doozie, but wide enough to start to thin out the race, and the route emptied onto a beautiful wooded section that arched around the side of the mountain before undulating through a mix of rough, forested single track, mountain road, and a second village. At one point we passed an old, monkish structure that I assume was the “L’Ermitage,” and my thundering heart leapt: Beer! But alas, no.
All in all, the L’Ermitage route on the Trail des Reculées wasn’t the most spectacular scenery I’d ever paid to run through, but I know I’m spoiled as a Canadienne. More likely, I’d need to sign up for the 42km distance to appreciate the beauty of this area. Our course lacked the breathtaking views and soaring peaks that I presumed we earned, several times. But the race itself was superbly well-run, the people warm, and the mood lively. For just 20 Euros, we got the race entry, T-shirts, and a hot-lunch after the run. Most of all, to be out in the green hush of the mountains after two weeks in the rush and honk of Paris was a true treat. There was even 2 Euro artisan beer at the finish line.
As for our time, we did just fine, especially since the last two weeks of ‘training’ before the race consisted of cheese, baguette, and wine. We ran a 2h:17 over what my Garmin assures me was in fact 20.5km (not including the walk from the hotel). I was 20th female overall and sixth in my age group, which the French formally classify as “Veteran.” There is humour everywhere, truly, if you keep an eye peeled.
[This is an excerpt from a longer recap that includes details on warm-down cheese, Roman gladiators, and masterful bungling of the French language, plus a few pics. Read the full account on my personal blog <http://shelleywood.ca/2015/04/15/le-trail-des-reculees-clueless/>. Thanks Rene for publishing my excerpt!!!]
I had a chance to catch up with Tracey McQuair from Penticton to ask her a few questions about her 100k in March. One of the things I love about the pace blog is sharing stories from our athletes. Together we learn, motivate and celebrate! Tough day out there for Tracey but nothing that is going to hold her back from setting new goals and making new experiences.
1. Was this your first 100k and how many other ultras have you run before this one?
Yes this was my first 100k on trail. I've run 81 miles at the Badwater Salton Sea Race, however, it only had 19 k of trail, the rest was road. I've run 2 other 50k's on trail and 3 other road double marathons in Ultramans.
2. How did you prepare for such a long race and what would you say were 1-2 key things you did during training that helped the most?
This was a huge change for me primarily focusing on just running. I had a good friend commit to getting me out for all of my back to back weekend runs which I think was super helpful on those early mornings before work on Saturdays! The key thing I think were the back to back long runs on the weekend. That second run was tough knowing what you had run the day before.
3. How did your race experience go?
I felt awesome at the start, especially for not sleeping more than an hour the night before. It was lightly raining and a lot of uphill to start which I thought was a good way to warm up - however, I soon got too warm (likely due to stomach stomach/gut issues that would soon come to haunt me) to a point where I was sweating profusely and couldn't cool off even though we were getting some snow flakes…uh-oh…well, my watch says it's time to eat…gel time...well then we hit some technical flat and gnarly drop off sections with a speedy descent - I was feeling pretty great again! Gel in hand…Rene would be so proud that I'm eating on schedule and I'm smiling on the descent…I keep sweating….I take of as many layers as legally allowed…my stomach cramps…I feed the forest fairies my gel…gas-x - yes, this always makes me feel better…okay this is okay…now every attempt at running creates an intense cramp in my gut…keep calm…salt pills, yah, salt pills….drink, yes drink coke….more nutrition is returned to forest gnomes who are at this time taunting me….arrrrgh….just make it to the turn around your pacer will make you happy….the forest closes in and the body says no more and 50 k is not something I want to walk…my day was done. I was gutted, literally and physically. However, getting into the car - I knew that I had made the right decision. Having had a chest cold and having made some poor decisions the day before, my legs were ready however, one can only go so far on water and salt pills alone. Thank goodness for flying to vegas to go hiking the next day!! :)
4. If you could change anything about it, what would it be?
I had a day before meal plan/sleep plan…and I didn't follow it. I'm bad at working to other people's timelines to make life easier. I need to remember, it's okay to be a little "selfish" the day before and stick to your schedule. What works for one, may not work for another. So I would have stuck to my eating schedule the 2 days prior (time and actual foods), better sleep schedule and I would have gotten up more than once to run at 4am to practice what my body would feel like on possibly poor sleep.
5. What’s next on your race calendar?
50 miler at Sun Mountain…I'd be lying if I didn't say I wasn't nervous about it now...
CONGRATULATIONS to the PACE crew who went down to Orca's Island Marathon last weekend. Everyone had a strong race and most importantly had a supi dupi good time. Winter training paid off...
Marathon Results: Carrie finished 8th o/a & 3rd female. Alana had a tough day w/stomach issues and still dug out a spot in top 10 female. The boys (Ian, Nathan & Kevin) finished strong & all in top 15 in the mens category. 1/2 Marathon Results: Cory smashed the 25k, finishing 5th in his age category. Way to go team!
Few shots from the PACE Enduro today. Such a tough course and it was inspiring to see everyone dig it out lap after lap today.
Thanks to everyone who participated in the winter trail clinic. A great way to wind up 14 challenges weeks of training and bonding.
The pot luck today was incredible. Thanks for putting so much work into your dishes!
Thanks Jamie for helping me make the medals, Jody for helping me mark, Janine for aid station volunteer and for being so fun while we waited for runners and Trent for set up/take down.
Looking forward to the next Enduro in the spring clinic!!
Thank you for all the interest in the Spring Trail Running Clinic which starts on April 15th. The clinic is FULL and registration is now closed.
Participants will receive a newsletter filled with details on the first week, trail locations, training tips and more next week!
Thanks for choosing PACE!
Last night we launched the first relay race of the year at Tree Brewery Institute on Water Street. Over 34 racers from the Winter Clinic got into the spirit and participated
Although the run involved wearing random props and cruising down the busy trails at Knox and streets of downtown, the run itself was no joke!
It was a hard tempo workout on the road to the base of Knox with a vertical climb before they returned to tag their relay partner to go. Some runners had to run with a kite, raw egg, a batcow costume and more!
We finished the evening with the incredible hospitality, tasty craft beer and some of the best flatbreads I have ever had! Our group sat cozy in the Garden Hop where we ate, drank, watched a slideshow of all our hard work over the last 12 weeks and basically were merry.
Thank you to our sponsor Tree Brewery for hosting yet another fun event this clinic! Thank you to all the athletes of the Winter Clinic for trusting your running and health goals with me and the PACE team. We still have 2 weeks to go and more fun-filled adventures to come :)