Thank you everyone for participating!

We had such an exciting run this year, and our best turn out to date. We raised almost $2000 dollars and had 130 runners! We are so proud to have had runners from so many different schools!

More than half of our runners donated their race fee to Y.O.R.S. in general, but many others picked schools in our community for their money to go to. Participating schools include:

  • Carmi Elementary
  • Columbia Elementary
  • Ecole Entre-Lacs
  • Holy Cross Elementary
  • Home School Programming
  • Kaleden Elementary
  • KVR Middle School
  • Parkway Elementary
  • Penticton Highschool
  • Princess Margaret Highschool
  • Penticton Indian Band Cultural School
  • Queen`s Park Elementary School
  • Skaha Lake Middle School

Congratulations Draw Winners & Race Winners! Pick Your Prizes Up at Hoodoo Adventures

Who Can Race?

  • Participants of all ages including families with strollers/tyke bikes, grandparents and kids!
  • Like-minded individuals who want to enjoy a fun morning with peers
  • Those looking for an atmosphere where everyone can be a winner!
  • Those who want to give back to the youth in our community at a time when we should all be focusing on creating leaders and encouraging positive and healthy lifestyles!

When Is It?

December 10, 2016 at 10am

Where Are We Running?

The course is changing this year!

Start/Finish line:  Hoodoo Adventure Company (131 Ellis St)

Route: Down Lake Shore Drive, now with a 5km and 10km option!

How Much Does It Cost?

$15 per person
$40 for a Family of 3-5 (with kids)

Why Are We Running?

  • All proceeds will go to the Youth Outdoor Recreation Society, a newly founded not-for-profit subsidy program that funds outdoor recreation opportunities for the schools in the Okanagan-Skaha school district; including kayaking, hiking, biking, rappelling, adventure based learning, group development, and leadership.
  • A lack of school funding means that outdoor programming and all of its benefits aren’t accessible to schools
  • The cost of community center programming is keeping youth from participating in similar programs
  • We will hire experienced, qualified instructors and guides who want to spark a passion for the environment and healthy living in local kids. They will work hard to encourage advancement of skills, and allow all participants the opportunity to be a leader.
  • Create a strong culture of adventure & recreation in our community!
  • To have fun with friends and family around the holiday season!

School Involvement

Classrooms that donate over $200 in participation fees will not only get to do a super fun race with their peers, receive a Santa hat and a chance at some great draw prizes but they will get their class name in an additional draw to receive one free Outdoor Recreation Program designed specifically for them! Choose from kayaking, hiking, rappelling, survival courses or adventure based learning events!

Workplace Involvement

As this is a fundraising event we ask that your workplace gets involved through literally getting involved! Each office that participates will get their name in a draw to receive a free adventure team building day with Hoodoo Adventure Company, valued to a maximum of $3000!!! One entry for every 4 people (family and friends included) that register under your business/workplace name will go into the draw. The winning adventure will depend on number of participants and will include options from an array of corporate adventures, kayak tours, rappel tours and more! A great chance to experience the opportunities that you are helping to create for our local youth!

2011 winners from the SOEC received a Snowshoe Tour and Catered Bonfire Event for 40 people!
2012 winners from Community Living received a Kayak Wine Tour for 25 people!
2014 winners from Thai on the Fly received a 3 night 2 day Adventure Tour Getaway for 5 people!

What Exactly Is Youth Outdoor Recreation?

  • Includes a range of leisure, recreation, cultural or sporting activities
  • Undertaken in natural, heritage, rural and urban open space
  • Offers opportunity for improved mental and physical wellbeing, educational gains, social development, building an area’s identity and understanding our environment
  • Offers value to all parts of our community at all stages of life
  • Impels participants into challenging and demanding situations requiring effort, determination, co-operation and self-reliance
  • A holistic form of education that can assist in education of the person as a whole; academically, physically, emotionally, socially and psychologically, providing opportunities to apply knowledge in real-life situations and enhancing the understanding of the relationship between humans and the natural environment
  • Programs within the school curriculum are said to be of valuable assistance as they operate outside the limitations that govern traditional and formal teaching and learning in schools by aiming to promote the development of the whole person as a social individual being, in a balanced and integrated fashion
  • The holistic approach challenges current forms of schooling which are considered to be competitively preparing their students for final exams, and placing vocational outcomes and tertiary entrance scores as paramount, rather than giving their students a total life experience to assist in the development of the person as whole

SPONSORS 2016

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Our Accomplishments

“I just had to say THANK YOU again for providing our youth with such an amazing outdoor adventure. They all LOVED it and I’m sure that they’ll be telling their friends. You do such amazing work! I’m inspired by the whole experience!”

Kym Gouchie, PIB Youth Worker

Naramata Elementary School

The entire school  participated in a 6 day outdoor recreation program including snowshoeing, orienteering, survival skills, hiking, rock climbing and kayaking!

Skaha Middle School Grade 6 Class

Participated in a free Adventure Based Learning Program “The Survivor Challenge”
“Thank you for organizing a fabulous morning of cooperative games and adventure activities!! The kids loved it!”
– Myranda Cowie

Penticton Community Center and Sportz Kids

Completed 1&2 Day Kayak Clinics!!
“This is the coolest thing I’ve done all summer! I can’t wait to come back next year!”

The Penticton Indian Band Youth Program

6 youths completed an Intro to Eco Adventure Tourism Program!

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