John Machuga wins Midsummer 8 k run

Kelowna event the seventh stop on Interior Running Association series

Kelowna’s John Machuga showed the way at the 2012 edition of the Midsummer 8 K Classic.

Machuga (M30-34) captured the seventh stop of the season on the Interior Running Association series Sunday morning in Kelowna with a time of 27 minutes nine seconds.

Merritt’s Hans Aabye (M35-39) was second in 27:42, while Kelowna’s Nate Reiter (M20-29) grabbed third spot in 28:11.

Trevor Haaheim, who was fourth overall in 28:41, won the men’s 40-44 age group, while Rory Switzer won the men’s 50 to 54 category and placed fifth overall in 29:11.

Victoria’s Catrin Jones was the first woman to finish, taking seventh in 29:26, while Summerland’s Amy Buzikievich was second and 16th overall in 32:16.

The top local woman was West Kelowna’s Michelle Blackburne (F16-19) in 33:54.

Other age group winners from Kelowna were: Danita Schreiber (F45-49); Cindy Rhodes (F55-59); Tiffany Fowler (F40-44); Pana Athanasopolous (F35-39); Teddy Boyko (M65-69); Bonni Walker (F60-64); Diane Leonard (F65-69); Bill Stephens (M70-74); and Liz Borrett (F70-74).

The next event on the IRA circuit is the Peak to Beak 18 K, Sept. 9 in Kelowna.

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