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Kelowna’s Jeff Vogt in the men’s 10 km. Over 2,500 runners had the perfect day for the 24th annual SunRype Okanagan Marathon.

People from eight different countries, ranging from age three to 79, raced in Kelowna for the two day event.

“It’s really exciting to see runners, of all ages, coming back year after year and enjoying this run,” says race director Tara Melville.

“Kelowna truly embraces the family festival feel of the event. We are so thankful for the community’s support, we know that’s a big part of the marathon’s success.”

Top spot for the marathon distance went to Calgary’s Curtis Sampson with a time of 2:52:59. Sampson, who is 49-years-old, says his last marathon was at this same event 10 years ago.

“I turn 50 next year and to qualify for New York you have to run a 3:14 – and that was my first goal. I’ve never done any of the big races so now I can rest the next two or three months and start training for that," he said.

Red Deer’s Sheldon Timms placed second at 2:55:28 and Daljit Tiwana from Surrey came third in a time of 02:56:31.

The top woman finisher was Edmonton’s Cosette Lemelin with a time of 3:06:31. Second place went to Michelle Barnes from Esterhazy, Saskatchewan with a time of 03:10:02. Edmonton’s Andrea Metcalfe snagged third with her time of 03:12:18.

All three top spots in the men’s 10 km went to Kelowna residents. Jeff Vogt took top spot for the men at a time of 34:56, followed by Michael Denman at 36:03 and Ian Sharp with 36:14. First place for the women was Melissa Paauwe from Calgary who ran a time of 37:49, followed by Kelowna’s Sonya Looney at 41:00 and in third was Rachel Friesen with 42:29.

The 5 km race was a family affair with a brother and sister taking the top spot. Summerland’s Keagan Ingram finished in 16:26 and Tayla Ingram finished in 20:24. Kelowna’s Michael Schriemer and Tyson Carr finished in second and third place respectfully. Two other females from Kelowna, Delilah Topic and Lauren Hughes, rounded out the top spots in the 5 km.

The marathon has raised more than $271,000 over the years for The Sunshine Foundation of Canada.

For a full list of results, visit this link . A large dumping of snow is expected to fall on the Okanagan Connector soon.

Environment Canada issued a special weather statement for the Okanagan Connector, from Merritt to Kelowna on Sunday.

Up to 20 centimetres of snow is possible over the Pennask Summit of the Okanagan Connector on Monday through to Tuesday morning.

“A low-pressure system will move across the BC southwest interior on Monday,” says the statement. “With a snow level forecast near 1400 metres, snow will begin to accumulate at Pennask Summit Monday morning.”

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