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The semi-arid lakeside resort city of Kelowna, British Columbia has a new superfast 5K road race that is planned with the sole intention for producing personal bests for all abilities.

It is dubbed the Fast Days of Summer 5000.

“It’s a flat out and back – one turn at 2.5 km, but straight down the asphalt path, then straight back,” Said race director Delilah Topic. “There is an ever-so-slight incline on the way out, which doesn’t slow the runner per se, but it makes the return so fast.”

The race will be a fixture in the Canadian Tire Race Series. This year, it is the final offering happening on Sunday, July 28.

“A timing mat will be located at the 2.5km mark so that runners can get their mid-way split.”

Although the fledgling race is not offering high dollars off the hop – the plan is to make that grow, to incentivize elite athlete participation. The top three men and women earn $150, $75 and $50 respectively. Top three masters are awarded a free entry for the following year.

“We are really excited. July 28th at 8:00 am in Kelowna the gun will sound. We currently have a 14:48 guy and a 16-high female confirmed,” added Topic.

The Canadian Tire Race Series offers eight events from February to July. The distances range from the new 5K to 10K, 8K, 15K, 10-mile (16.09K) and a half-marathon.

Registration and details are available here>>