Fun Run flourishes under sunny skies

Close to 300 runners and walkers of all ages turned up on Mother’s Day for the Silver City Days Fun Run on Sunday.

Close to 300 runners and walkers of all ages turned up on Mother’s Day for the Silver City Days Fun Run on Sunday.

Blue-bird skies attracted one of the best ever turnouts for the annual run, that showcases many of the Kootenays’ and beyond best runners.

In all, 292 participants signed up for the 5 and 10-kilometre event that starts en masse in Gyro Park and follows the Sunningdale loop before returning to Gyro along the river walk to complete the 5-K.

Ten-K participants continued into downtown Trail and back across the bridge and past the Aquatic Centre before returning to Gyro.

Not surprisingly, Trail’s Mike Zahn took top spot in the 5-k run in a scorching time of 19 minutes and 15 seconds. It’s the 31-year-old Teck employees’ seventh straight Fun Run victory, while Chauncy Blair of Nelson was second at 19:59 and  Darren McCarthy third at 21:58.

Meanwhile, Melanie Miles of Winlaw claimed the ladies 5-K overall final with a time of 22:53, while Montrose’s Megan McIntyre was second overall in 25:52 and Jennifer Chung of Rossland third in 25:57.

The 10-k event saw former Rossland resident Dallas Cain return to recapture the title after taking some time off. The 36-year-old tri-athlete clocked in with a time of 37:42, to match his 2010 and 2012 victories. Jed Tremblay, 25, of Halifax finished second in 41:14, and Wayne Germaine of Nelson third in 43:22.

Shannon Price of Trail ran to victory in the ladies 10-K, with a time of 48:06, followed by Diane Jmaiff of Nelson in 48:19 and Laura Emery in 49:13.

To top off a great day, awards were handed out to top finishers for each age group, door prizes were drawn, and Heather Simm won the $200 door prize for Gerick’s Cycle and Sport.

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