Registration still taken for Orchards in Bloom

Participants in last year's Omak Orchards in Bloom reach a turn at Woods Road.
Participants in last year's Omak Orchards in Bloom reach a turn at Woods Road.

— Registrations are still being taken for the second Omak Orchards in Bloom half marathon and 10K race that starts Saturday morning.

Those wishing to register can do so at the same times as those that preregistered pick up bibs 4-6 p.m. at the Peppertree Best Western Hotel, 820 Koala Ave.

Registration forms are available online at or at the big pickup, spokeswoman Nancy Nash-Mendez said.

There is a special parking area for participants this year prior to the chipped-timed races starting at 8 a.m. Saturday at Rockwall Cellars, 110 Nicholas Road.

The races, which can also be walked, are hosted by Omak Fit 4Life Coalition, a wellness group.

“We have 170 entries now and are hoping to get to the 200 we had last year,” Nash-Mendez said.

The parking area in a hay field near the corner of Nichols and Jaquish roads can be accessed by heading north on Robinson Canyon Road, taking a left on Miller and a right on Jaquish, Nash-Mendez said.

“We are encouraging people to walk to the start,” Nash-Mendez said. “There will be no parking at Rockwall Cellars.”

The Omak Fit 4 Life Coalition keynote speaker at 6 p.m. Friday at the Peppertrees will be 10-time Ironman Champion, Dr. France Cokan, M.D., Nash-Mendez said.

The free talk includes tips on running longer distances by Cokan, now 80-plus years old, who entered his first Ironman competition in 1985 at the age of 54.

“He will be talking on strategies on what to eat and how to train for long distance running,” Nash-Mendez said.


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