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