We had a great day racing on Saturday, October 19th. It was about as fun as an event could get. It’s like a big family reunion. It was great to see everyone again and ARC, Housing Hope and the people they serve appreciate you coming out to run with us.
In the end everyone had a great time and we raised some money for Housing Hope. I’ll post the final figure as soon as I have the final number.
If you’d like to see the official race results, click here
There were some wonderful and challenging aspects to this event. First, the wonderful. We had runners of all ages and backgrounds. We had our youngest runner ever, Tate Bennett. She was only 12 months old and took home her first ribbon – a third place ribbon. Her mom (Nikki Bristol) ran behind her pushing her to do better. We can’t wait to see how fast Tate will run when she can walk. If you didn’t catch it … Nikki “behind her pushing her to do better” Tate was in a jogging stroller.
We also had some sisters (Margaret & Mary) running together. Now that may not be uncommon, but running after a recent heart surgery – that’s uncommon. It was good to see sisters enjoying each other. Margaret got a first place ribbon and Mary came in 6th in her age group.
We had 4 runners at this event in the 70+ age group. That’s a definite milestone as we usually only have about four 70+ runners all year long. Another reason to celebrate is that they all took home ribbons for their efforts. How is that possible you ask? Four runners … 1st, 2nd and 3rd place ribbons – how is that possible? Three ran the 10k and one ran the 5k event.
I’m so happy to have photos of this event and thanks to Lauren Suddoth we have some great photos. We didn’t have a photographer and Lauren came forward to stand behind the camera. She took some great photos, but she also took a LOT of photos – 277 to be exact. I’m not complaining, it’s wonderful to have a great photo shoot of our events but it also means it will take me a while to get them processed and uploaded. So far I have two photos. I’ll get them processed over the next few days and uploaded to our Photobucket account. The slideshow below will automatically be updated. If you’d like to see the photos themselves (and download your favorites) follow this link to Photobucket. .
Now the challenging, it’s pretty minor but still a challenge. We had some runners come cross the finish line in non-traditional ways and it made updating the official race results a bit more challenging. But that’s okay. We like a challenge – that’s why we run.
Here’s the top finishers:
- 5k Men: Nathan Fontes with a time of 19’47.43
- 5k Women: Marleigh Olson with a time of 21’13.62
- 10k Men: Michael Brisbois with a time of 40’30.34
- 10k Women: Miran McCash with a time of 46’28.90
Congratulations to our top finishers and everyone who participated. We hope to see you at our next event, Toys for Tots Airport Run, which will be held on Saturday, December 7th at the same location we were today: just behind the Stillaguamish Athletic Club @ 4417 172nd Street NE in Arlington. The 10k starts at 11:00a and the 5k starts at 11:10a. Registration is open now. If you register before 11/30 you’ll save $5. Day of race registration opens at 9:45a. Click HERE to register NOW.