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  1. 2014 Walk & Roll Run Results

    We completed another great event today … in pouring down rain.  I felt so sorry for those of you who participated.  Most of the participants came back so wet it looked like they dove into the Stillaguamish River and swam the 5k or 10k instead of running or walking it.  D-R-E-N-C-H-E-D ! ! ! That’s the only word to describe it.  Fortunately it was very warm rain so it was pretty tolerable.

    Here’s the top finishers:

    • 5k Men: Greg Waters with a time of 19’33.40
    • 5k Women: Erika King with a time of   28’23.96
    • 10k Men: Michael Brisbois with a time of  40’14.18
    • 10k Women: Rhonda Warrick with a time of  50’51.14

    To see the full results, visit the RESULTS tab and scroll down to the 2014 Walk & Roll results.

    ArlingtonRunnersClub's 2014 Walk Roll Run album on Photobucket

    I’ll have the results up sometime tomorrow as I spent most of the day drying out the equipment so I could put it away. Enjoy the photos, I’ll look to see if any need editing. Thanks to Gary Lingenfelter for taking these excellent photos. He deserves some sort of award (like everyone else today) for hanging out in the rain.

    Stay tuned … more to follow.

  2. Darrington Mudslide Memorial 5k Run/Walk

    I normally wouldn’t post another event oDarrington-5kn the day we have an event, but this one is special. The Darrington High School Leadership Class is hosting a Mudslide Memorial 5k as part of several student’s senior project and to raise money for scholarships. One of the students lost her father in the mudslide so it hits very close to home.

    The cost of the event is $20.00 and includes an event shirt while supplies last.

    The course is flat and a combination of gravel and paved road. The course is a flat out and back 5k. It starts with about a 1/2 mile loop around the baseball fields on gravel trail at Whitehorse Community Park then out 1 mile on North Mountain Road to the turn-around and back the same course to the START/FINISH line.

    For more information, download their registration form Darrington 5k Registration Form

     

  3. Oso United LOST & FOUND

    We did pretty well … only found this hoodie left behind.  Does it belong to you?  If so, send me an email at jon@arlingtonrunnersclub.org

     

     

  4. Oso United Mudslide Benefit Results Posted

    Wow, I knew there was a lot of work leading into an event like we just completed for the Oso United Mudslide Benefit Fun Run, but I had no idea it was equally grueling on the other side of the event. On the first day I just collapsed from exhaustion, relief and because I could – first time in 5 weeks I could relax without feeling like I should be doing something else. There were two trailers and one pickup truck full of stuff to unload and organize, barricades to return to the City of Arlington, as well as record and deposit the money taken in on Saturday as well as answer emails and phone calls. Everyone was very appreciative and affirming – thanks.

    My current count says we had 1,083 participants at the event. I probably won’t spend much more time on that issue as it’s close enough.

    As of right now, we have raised $21,351.49 for the Oso community – that’s right. Give yourself a standing ovation! AND MORE DONATIONS STILL COMING IN.  I was hoping to break $25,000, but we had a TON of kids (which I am very glad about – kids really make an event fun) and the Arlington Runners Club doesn’t charge for kids 14 and under because we want our events to be affordable so the entire family can get involved.  We also don’t charge for adults 70 and over because they are usually on a fixed income and they deserve to have something FREE.

    What’s left to do?  PHOTOS.  That’s the next thing to tackle.  Oh yeah, and we have the Walk & Roll Run on May 17th to raise money for Eagle Wings disAbility.  Fantastic people who work with special needs community in our local area.  The Walk & Roll Run is at Haller Park near at the Stillaguamish River (near Food Pavilion).  We use the Centennial Trail for that event.  It’s a simple out and back, paved course.  Really flat.  Super fast times.  You can register for that at Active or download and mail in your form.  Event shirts are included with your registration.  They got a special deal on PolyDry shirts – you’ll love them.

    Speaking of event shirts. We are going to make another batch of event shirts if you missed out on one at the event (and since we only had 135 event shirts and over 2,000 people at the event – you probably missed out on purchasing an Oso United event shirt).  The cost will still be $15.00, but we will have to add another $3.00 so we can cover the shipping to get them to you.  I will post the link to order a shirt tonight and I’ll be placing an order on Monday – so that only gives you about 5 days to place an order for a shirt.

     

    Oso United Mudslide Benefit Run Race Results
    April 26, 2014
    … OFFICIAL Race Results Posted (04-29-2014)

    Oso United Mudslide 5k Results
    Oso United Mudslide 10k Results

    You can also view them on the Skagit Runners website at:
    http://www.skagitrunners.org/Oso5KResults.htm
    http://www.skagitrunners.org/Oso10KResults.htm

     

  5. Oso United Mudslide Benefit Run Update

    My heartfelt thanks to everyone who made this run such a fantastic event.  It wasn’t without trouble and not everyone was happy, but we had about 1,000 people running and walking and raising money for our neighbors in Oso and we had somewhere around 2,000 people in total.  I am so grateful to have been a part of this event and so proud of everyone coming together for Oso.  We had at least 2 people from the mudslide at the event.  One was Natasha who lost her mother and 4 month old baby Sanoah and another woman who was one of the few people who survived the mudslide.  She shared with us her appreciation for loving the families and survivors of the mudslide.  I know I cried more than once today.

    After the event my wife, son and I went to Oso for the Oso Strong Tribute for the first responders. It was very touching and honoring to be among those in Oso who are so strong. They were knocked down, but not knocked out. They showed the world what it means to be community. We’ve heard it said that “it takes a village” it doesn’t, it takes a community; a strong community – Oso STRONG.

    I will report back about the final count of participants and monies raised as soon as possible. Unfortunately it takes a while for the money to be available to us from the online sources like PayPal and Active. If you wonder, “What’s taking him so long?” That’s what’s taking me so long. That and I have to recover. It was a very difficult and long day for me and others.

    We did a good thing today. Thanks for being a part of it.

    I’ll leave the PayPal DONATE button on our website until May 3rd to make sure everyone who wanted to give is able to do so.

    Jon Hatfield, Arlington Runners Club President

  6. Oso United Mudslide Benefit Run – Volunteer Training

    There’s a LOT to do and 1 month makes it crazy when you’re doing it for the first time.  ANYWAY …

    I know it’s late notice and some of you won’t be able to make it because it’s short notice and/or Easter weekend, BUT, I would like to go through volunteer training April 19th.  If you can make it, fantastic, if you can’t let me know if there’s an opportunity to meet during the week (I just can’t do it on Easter Sunday).

    When:  9:00a is the target time (so people can get on with whatever awaits them on their Saturday)

    Where:  At the event site.  Near the Stillaguamish Athletic Club which is located at 4417 172nd Street NE in Arlington.  It’s exit 206 off of I-5.  Head east until you come to the intersection of 51st Avenue and 172nd Street.  The vacant lot is diagonally across the street from the Union 76 gas station.  I will have the Arlington Runners Club banner on our 10 x 10 canopy so you can find us – but we’ll most likely be the only people in the vacant lot.

    What:  We’ll go over what we know and what we expect will happen to help you do your assigned volunteer job.

    Why:  We want you to be as comfortable as possible when the event happens.  I’m expecting 1,000 or so people participating in the event.  If each person brings a couple of family members with them, that’s 2,000-3,000 people.  It will be crazy but if you’re prepared it shouldn’t be too bad.

    How:

    ► For the course volunteers, we’ll show you the course and assign a position on the course for you to work.  This is very important so people don’t get lost on the course.  You’ll only be one part of the course directions.  There will be lots of signs and paint on the course to augment what you do.  We’ve never lost anyone on the course before so it will be okay and we have at least 4 times more people on the course for this event than we would at our normal events.

    ► Registration people will get to see the registration process and what their duties are.  This is very important because the registration process will set the tone for everyone to be happy.  If they have an enjoyable registration process – they’re usually happy throughout the event.  If they have a terrible experience they typically have a terrible experience and recruit others in their trip of misery.  We don’t want that.

    ► Traffic/Parking volunteers will be shown where they will be assigned and what we would like them to do.  A monumental task to keep traffic flowing.  I meet with the City of Arlington on Monday to establish a traffic control plan for shutting down Airport Boulevard for the event.  I expect they’ll have a police unit at the intersection of 172nd and 51st to help control traffic.  If we know the traffic flow plan WE want to implement at least we’ll know where we want the cars to go so they can get in/out as quickly as possible.  Again, the happy parkers makes happy participants and a happy event.

    ■ The main traffic flow will come into the site via 172nd & 51st intersection and the exit will be the same.

    ■ For those who need to leave early, we’ll route them through the Stillaguamish Athletic Club (SAC) entrance but I want to keep that at a minimum to reduce the impact on SAC.

    I only have about 24 orange vests.  If you have access to some, bring them please.  I will be talking with the shirt vendor to see if we could get some safety green shirts with the Oso United logo on the front and VOLUNTEER on the back so volunteers are easy to identify.  I would like you to consider covering the $5 cost for your shirt and you can keep them when the event is over.  The shirt thing isn’t a done deal, but I think I can make that happen and it would be a good idea for the event and its participants.

    Jon Hatfield
    Arlington Runners Club, President

  7. Oso United Courses

    Oso-United-Course-MapWe have 3 courses for the Oso United Mudslide Benefit Fun Run.  All courses START and FINISH at the same location:

    1) 10k loop around the airport
    2) 5k out and back on Airport Boulevard
    3) 1 Mile loop around the woods near the START/FINISH area.

    You can download or open the Google Earth map of the courses  HERE (but you’ll need to have Google Earth installed to see it).

    The 10k course loops around the airport then does a smaller loop around the START/FINISH area.  The START elevation is 125 feet with the lowest point at 103 feet and highest point at 140 feet.   The course if split between paved streets or paved walking trail or a gravel trail which is like running on a gravel driveway or private road (2 parallel gravel paths).

    Details:

    • ►   It is a very gradual slope on pavement for the first 1.5 miles
    • ►  The course switches to gravel
    • ►  About a 10’ increase in elevation over 230 feet
    • ►  Another flat run for about 1 mile.
    • ►  A drop of 10’ in elevation of 230 feet
    • ►  A very gradual slope for half a mile
    • ►  A 10’ increase in elevation over 200 feet
    • ►  800 feet of flat trail
    • ►  A 5’ increase in elevation over 250 feet
    • ►  Another 0.4 miles of trail and it switches back to paved streets
    • ►  1.3 miles of level paved streets and paved walking trail
    • ►  The rest of the course is basically trail with a very small amount of paved road.

     

    The 5k course is basically an OUT-and-BACK on Airport Boulevard then does a smaller loop around the START/FINISH area.    The course if split between paved streets or paved walking trail or a gravel trail which is like running on a gravel driveway or private road (2 parallel gravel paths).

    Details:

    • ►  The START elevation is 125 feet.
    • ►  It is a very gradual slope on pavement for the first 1.5 miles to the turn-around (elevation 134 feet) where you will cross to the other side of Airport Boulevard and run back.
    • ►  When you arrive back to the starting area you will do a half mile trail loop around the starting area and end at the FINSH LINE.

    The 1 Mile course is a very simple, flat loop around a wooded section adjacent to the START/FINISH area on a wide trail. It is a very simple course and will have plenty of volunteers. You shouldn’t have any problems.

  8. Oso United Mudslide Benefit Race Bibs

    Race-BibWe have an idea. We are going to have a bunch of Sharpie pens available so you could write a short note on the back of your race bib. We’ll make sure your note/bib gets passed along to the mudslide folks. It could be a note to the families, a note to the first responders, a prayer – anything that we can pass along to encourage others or share your compassion for their loss.

  9. Dogs at Arlington Runners Club Events

    I’m excited to see people participate in our events.  We hope if you come to one event, it will be the first of many.  It’s great to be involved in the community and making a difference.
     
    The question of “Can I bring my dog to the event” is a bit complicated for me to answer because people are complicated.  One person’s well-behaved dog is another person’s terribly-behaved dog.
     
    Concerns:
     
    1) We want to provide a great experience so our concern is that your pet wouldn’t create a negative impact on others.

    2) We live in a litigious society and we don’t want to be named as a party to a law suit should something go wrong.

    3) What if someone else brings a dog or dogs and there’s a problem?
     
    So I guess I’d have to say you decide.  When asked, the attorney’s advice is to say no because it’s the easy, safe answer.  But we’ve had runners just show up with their dogs before and we’ve not had a problem.  Our concern is that the animal doesn’t cause problems with runners or the public and if they create a mess the owner is responsible and cleans up after their pet.  I went to an event once and there were dogs at the event and I stepped into a pile of dog doo. Unfortunately I didn’t notice it until I got into my car. As a result, my enjoyable outing ended on a less than enjoyable tone. We just want to put on a good family friendly event that is healthy, creates community involvement and helps out someone in need within our community.
     
    If one looks at life from a risk analysis perspective we’d never get anything done.  Everything has risk.  So I guess I can’t give you permission, but I’m not willing to say no either.  Just about every concern with a dog could be said of a youngster.  Are we going to ban kids at our events?  No, but we do hope the parents are responsible parents and properly manage their kids & clean up after them.
     
    Hope to see you at our event and maybe I’ll get to meet your pet.
     
    Jon Hatfield
    Arlington Runners Club, President

  10. PRESS RELEASE: Oso Mudslide Benefit Fun Run 10k/5k/1 Mile announced

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
    Oso Mudslide Benefit Fun Run 10k/5k/1 Mile announced
    Arlington Runners Club
     
    Event Opens: Saturday, April 26th at 9:00a
    Moment of Silence ceremony at 10:37a
    Start of the Fun Run at 10:45a
    Event Closes at 12:45p
     
    Arlington Airport Trail, Arlington, WA – The Arlington Runners Club has a 9 year history of hosting charity fun run events in Arlington with the race registration fees donated to local charities.  Last year the Arlington Runners Club hosted a special fun run to benefit the families and victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. When we heard the devastating news of the Oso mudslide disaster and its impact on our community, we had to put on a fun run to raise money for our local community and have partnered with the Skagit Runners Club to do so.
     
    Registration is currently open for this event and 100% of the registration fees will be donated to three (3) local organizations which have been intimately involved in the entire rescue, recovery and ongoing relief efforts.  The organizations selected as recipients of the monies raised are:

    1. 1. The Darrington Family Support Services in Darrington has been selected because of their ongoing support of work on the Darrington side of the mudslide.
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    3. 2. The Oso Mudslide Relief administrated by the Oso Community Church in Oso has been selected because of their ongoing support of work on the Arlington side of the mudslide.
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    5. 3. The Snohomish County Volunteer Search and Rescue (SCVSAR) has been selected because of their tireless devotion to assisting individuals in crisis throughout Snohomish County.  As their name states, they are volunteers and receive limited public monies.  Most of the SCVSAR members donate their equipment as well as their time and expertise and we would like to help them purchase new or replacement supplies and equipment to help them continue their critical work in our community.

     
    The center of activity for this event is located just east of the Stillaguamish Athletic Club located at 4417 172nd Street NE – the vacant lot on the northwest corner of 172nd Street NE and Airport Boulevard in the Smokey Point community in Arlington.  We are expecting more than 1,000 participants for this event.
     
    Registration is open now.  Visit our website at http://www.ArlingtonRunnersClub.org/Oso  or our Facebook event page at http://www.Facebook.com/osomudsliderun  or email us at osounitedrun@ArlingtonRunnersClub.org
     
    The Arlington Runners Club is a 100% volunteer 501(c)(3) organization which host 5 events each year.  The registration monies raised are given to a local charity.  This year’s events are:

    1. River & Rails Run (March 22nd, the mudslide occurred during the event) – the proceeds go to Cocoon House which works with at-risk teens.
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    3. Walk & Roll Run (May 17th) – the proceeds go to Eagle Wings disAbility which works with the special needs community.
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    5. Rescue Run (September 20th) – the proceeds go to the Snohomish County Volunteer Search and Rescue Operations Support Unit.
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    7. Airport Run for HOPE! (October 18th) – the proceeds go to Housing Hope which works with distressed and low income families with emergency, temporary and long-term housing needs.
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    9. Christmas Run (December 6th) – historically the funds went to a local chapter of Toys for Tots, this year we will be donating the money to the Oso relief efforts.

     

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