Dan Crockett, of the Kelowna Running Club, was the recipient of the 2010 Kelowna Male Athlete of the Year Award. The award is presented to the Kelowna athlete (amateur or professional) who brought the greatest amount of recognition to Kelowna in 2010. In winning the award, Dan beat out James Turner of the Kelowna Track & Field Club, who set a Canadian Youth Decathlon record last summer.
After running his first marathon in 1993 Dan Crockett quit running for four years before lacing up his runners again and deciding to do a marathon clinic in 1997. After that he was hooked and has competed and won his age group every year since then in the IRA road series as well as received the Iron Legs award.
Dan’s passion is trail running, and to be more specific, ridiculously long trail runs. To date the 64 year old has run 40 marathons and ultras including the Cascade Crest Classic 100 miler and the Eagle 100 miler. He’s the co-director of the annual Scorched Sole race which last year raised $4000 for Juvenile Diabetes research, and has lead the Trail Club for 9 years.
Dan also competes in Track and Field. At the 2010 World Masters Indoor championship, he made it to the finals in five events and won silver in the 400 meters. He also placed 7th in his age group in October at the Victoria marathon and first overall in the inaugural Fat Dog 100k trail ultra in June. In January 2011, he finished 4th overall in a 6 day 233k Rainforest Run in Costa Rica.