Okanagan parkrun started just under a year ago (today was their 49th run), kicked off parkrun in Canada and resulted in my favourite guest blog courtesy of Abradysis. The original course ran alongside Mission Creek, but picturesque though that route was it didn’t withstand its first Canadian winter so the ED, Bill Justus, put his thinking cap on and found an alternative venue.
The new course is not-quite-flat, not-quite-out-and-back and tarmac*. It starts with a clockwise loop inside the Parkinson Recreation Center** which runs around the pickleball courts*** …… and over a small stream. You then turn left onto the rails with trails**** path for a slightly undulating out and back, run the clockwise loop for a second time and finish with a mercifully flat sprint through the car park*****. The course itself may be as different from Nose Hill’s as chalk is from cheese but the welcomes at both were fantastic… … and if my strava feed is to be believed, today’s RD, Jacqui Allison, stole the prompt start segment with a perfect 9:00.
*** you what now?
**** this will eventually run all the way from Kelowna up to Vernon and will no doubt make an awesome point to point ultra
**** which is coned off during the parkrun