Sweet run for area athletes in Summerland

Nearly 200 athletes competed in the Summerland Sweets, TriPower cross-country run on Oct. 2.

THE SUMMERLAND SWEETS 7.4-kilometre run was won by Vernon's Braden Kersey

THE SUMMERLAND SWEETS 7.4-kilometre run was won by Vernon's Braden Kersey

Braden Kersey and Chantel Jeffrey topped the 107 competitors in the Summerland Sweets 7.4-kilometre run on Oct. 2 at the Summerland Rodeo Grounds.

Kersey (1 to 15 age group) of Vernon edged Penticton’s Hector Carlos (45 to 49) by six seconds for the win in 28 minutes, 15 seconds compared to 28:21, while Penticton’s David Matheson rounded out the top three males in 28:49. Jeffrey (1 to 15) of Blind Bay was the top female in 32:54 and placed 16th overall. Kelowna’s Caitlin Malone (30 to 34) took second in 35:09 and Summerland’s Cathy Harrold (45 to 49) rounding out the top-three in 26:01.

Another Vernon resident, Mitchell Bond (10 to 12) won the TriPower 3.2-km distance in 13:15. Bond beat out Summerland’s Simon Bergen (10 to 12) by two seconds. Taking third and winning the female side was  Summerland’s Tayla Ingram in 14:04. Summerland’s Isaac Bergen (10 to 12) was the third-place male taking fourth overall in 14:08.

Summerland’s Olivia Harrold (13 to 15) took second among females in 16:01, while Emily Jell (10 to 12) rounded out the top three in 16:16.

TriPower Triathlon Club won the team category for the second year in a row. Both events, organized by the Interior Running Association, combined to attract 183 runners. To see complete results for both races and learn of upcoming cross-country and road races go to interiorrunningassociation.com.

Organizers thanked those who supported the event and helped it be successful. The next event in the cross-country series is the Reino Run 8K and 2.5K is in Salmon Arm on Oct. 16.