Picturesque Okanagan Lake played host to almost 3000 runners in the annual marathon and family festival weekend. Participants could choose from the full or half marathon, 10k, 5k or kids run in the beautiful setting of Kelowna, in the Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada.
Much of the route followed the shores of Okanagan Lake, which stretches from north to south for approximately 110km.
Kelowna is described as “the small city that offers the world”. It is cradled within a glorious range of mountains; a sanctuary filled with pristine lakes, pine forests, abundant gardens, orchards and vineyards, sandy beaches, and superb amenities.
The lake sustains several diverse communities along the corridor known as the Okanagan Valley. The valley is located at the northern-most end of the Sonora Desert and has a semi-arid climate, boasting long warm summers and short mild winters.
Orchards and vineyards thrive within a 10-minute drive of the town centre and provide seasonal delights year round. You can pluck ripe cherries or juicy peaches from trees, or spend a delightful day sampling the wares of Kelowna’s internationally acclaimed wineries.
Okanagan Marathon was a perfect way for participants to enjoy autumn before heading into winter.
This method is commonly associated with elite athletes and very experienced runners. There are various ratios to chose from, ie 3:2, 2:2 and 2:1. Each of these can be used at different points in a race. The easiest to follow is the 2:2 when starting out with this method of breathing. It basically means breathing in for 2 steps and breathing out for 2 steps. The 3:2 ratio means breath in for right, left, right and out for left, right, left. Many Elite runners switch to 2:1 towards the end of the race.
This method can be practiced whilst walking until it becomes second nature. It is then much easier to apply during running.
Ultimately, for all runners, breathing should be relaxed and natural and every runner should find the method that suits them and their performance the best.
ALWAYS CONSULT A DOCTOR BEFORE TAKING ON AN EXERCISE