Good weather, turnout for first Dam Run

Kootenay 5km/10km champs crowned.

With over 40 participants and sunny skies, Sunday’s inaugural Dam Run was a perfect first step in creating an annual local running event.

The Dam Run 5km/10km event attracted a healthy dose of runners for its first event, which also crowned a Kootenay champion.

“We had a great time,” said organizer Dallas Cain. “The weather was perfect.”

He said the turnout would have been higher with an influx of East Kootenay runners but snow closed the Salmo-Creston pass on Saturday night and prevented the contingent from making the trek over.

Nevertheless, Cain was thrilled with how everything went from logistics to participation and corporate support.

Runners ran their chosen distance from the Fort Sheppard pullout on Waneta Road.

Cain and Kelly Geisheimer took home Kootenay men and women’s 10km titles respectively. The 5km titles went to Trail’s Trevor Prior and Warfield’s Amy Titsworth.

Rita Cain won the 5km baby strolled division.

Cain said the event also allowed organizers to support another local running event.

“We were able to raise a donation for the Kids’ Triathlon this August in Trail.”

He added corporate support from Gerick Sports, Castlegar Hyundai, and BV Tool Rentals allowed them to keep registration at an affordable price.

All in all, Cain said the event went off without a hitch.

“It bodes really well for next year.”