News from Kamloops

April 25, 2012

City of Kamloops and TRU introduce the Kamloops Marathon

Kamloops, B.C. - The City of Kamloops and Thompson Rivers University are excited to announce the return of a 26-mile race to Kamloops, with the 1st Annual Kamloops Marathon this July. This new signature event will include distances of 5 km, 10km, half marathon and full marathon and is open to all levels of runners.

On July 28th, 2012, the 5 and 10 km races will take place starting and ending at the Tournament Capital Centre. Half marathon and full marathon runners will leave from McArthur Island on July 29th. Route maps and registration information will be available in the next few weeks at www.kamloopsmarathon.com.

The event will help support the TRU Athletics Cross Country Running Team, as well as attract high-level runners to the event which has something for everyone. As the presenting sponsor, the City of Kamloops is pleased to see the event draw the attention of runners from all over B.C., Alberta and the Northwestern United States, who may ultimately choose to make Kamloops their home, or will at least come back to race in future years. This race will raise the profile of TRU as being a leader in athletics and promoting an active lifestyle.

"We are very excited about this event," says Thompson Rivers University WolfPack Athletics and Recreation Director Ken Olynyk. "Not only will our team benefit, but this is another example of our great working relationship with the City of Kamloops. All our teams utilize the City sporting facilities and showcase them on a local, provincial, national and international stage. We are looking forward to increasing our partnership with the City of Kamloops with more events in the future."

"We’re incredibly pleased that a full marathon distance race is returning to Kamloops," said Kamloops Mayor Peter Milobar. "When TRU succeeds, the City of Kamloops succeeds, which in turn increases our livability and strengthens our position as a healthy city and Canada’s Tournament Capital."

The WolfPack Cross Country team competes in the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association and hosted the national championships last October at McArthur Island. TRU will be making application for the team to compete in the CIS in the future.

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Media Contact:
Sean Smith, Tournament Capital Coordinator
City of Kamloops
250-828-3552
ssmith@kamloops.ca