KAMLOOPS - With warm weather returning to the Tournament Capital there are plenty of activities this weekend.
The downtown market continues through the weekend. The event, which started Wednesday and finishes up Sunday, aims to highlight what Kamloops’s downtown offers. Live entertainment is scheduled, while Victoria Street will be shut down from Second Avenue to Fourth Avenue on Saturday for a car-free pedestrian focused day.
The village of Sun Peaks will be hosting mountain bikers from across Canada in the Canadian National Downhill Championships on Saturday, July 23 and Sunday, July 24. It’s the third year in a row the competition is being held at the ski resort town.
Participants can still register, and there’s room for non-pros to participate on the same course as well. Online registration is open until Friday, and, for a fee, onsite registration is open Saturday. Fans can watch for free at at the bottom of the hill, or get a lift pass to head up the mountain.
Fans of classic cars may want to consider a drive down to Prince Charles Park on Saturday. The annual Chrome on the Grass event runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., with participants showing off their vehicles in the park. They’re hosted by the Kamloops Street Rod Association, who are donating proceeds to the Royal Inland Hospital children’s ward.
The annual Take Your Top Off For Tatas will be getting the tops off of jeeps at 9 a.m. Sunday. The event is a fundraiser for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Participants will meet at the Rivershore Jeep dealership before heading into some back country. It will also include a pancake breakfast, live music and silent auction.
The Kamloops marathon will take over the city on Sunday. While the event is based at McArthur Island, runners will be spotted all over North Kamloops. The full marathon will see runners all the way from The Dunes golf course in Westsyde to Riverside Park. While online registration wrapped up Thursday, people will still be able to register in person at during the package pickup at McArthur Island on Saturday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The marathon will affect traffic, as well. From 6 a.m. to 12 p.m. there will be closures on Singh Street, Halston Avenue and 8 Street, while the northbound lane on Westsyde Road will be shut down. The route includes a section on the south shore, but runners will be staying on pedestrian paths.
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