Over the past 4 weeks I have been out on the Autumn & Spring rush race courses as much as I can to hone in the best routes possible for the 2014 events.
Autumn Rush is going to take a step forward in terms of a new staging area which will allow ALL the runners to run Angel Springs trails and we have scouted new trails in the area that are sure to allow runners to experience plenty of suffering and approx. 90% single track!
Spring Rush is coming together better than I ever imagined. I ran the22k course with some friends the last few weekends and it has to seriously be one of the nicest areas in all of Kelowna to run. We are privileged to be the first to host an event in this regional park and I have designed a course that is relentless but offers epic views from start to finish and is 95% single track.
I want to have race courses that locals are proud and challenged to run and visitors feel like it is worth travelling to partake in. I think both of these courses do more than that and I look forward to people building fitness and making memories with the Rush Series in 2014.
We are very excited to announce that we have a new venue and date chosen for the 2014 Autumn Rush Trail Race! Mark your calendars for September 12, 2014! Our new location will feature never before ran trails and allow all runners, of all distances, to experience one of Canada's nicest trails: Angel Springs. Our course will be very similar to last year as the feedback we received was incredible! So you can count on it being just as challenging and yes, we will remove the short section of double track leading up to the KVR.
The planning has already begun and registration for the 2014 event will open in the spring. Keep checking back for updates!
Autumn Rush was my first experience with organizing a trail running race. While I have been organizing and coaching trail running clinics through my business P.A.C.E. Sports Fitness, for the last 8yrs, pulling together an event as big as Autumn Rush took it to a whole new level.
I was fortunate to have a lot of people support me and without them the event wouldn't have been as successful. My very good friend, Shannon Willford, was the co-race director and together we pieced together challenging, fun, yet technical courses for all 3 distance. Not to mention designed a really fun 1.5km route for the kids course which we were thrilled to have 20 kids participate in! Shannon also was responsible for all the permits and communications with parks, picking up the posters etc... and in charge of aid station food, post-run food and the BBQ supplies. She was on the course marking team, as well as early morning set up and take down.