It was a beautiful day in the Pacific Northwest. The mountains were out in all their grandeur and so were the many friends of the Arlington Runners Club to brave the brisk weather and ring in the Christmas season with a 5k/10k run where the race entrance fees are donated to the local chapter of Toys for Tots. When we started setting up the course the weather was a chilly 18°F and by the time the race started we had a virtual heat wave at 26°F.
The airport trail has been challenging over the last several years with the many upgrades Arlington has been doing. First it was a modification of the trail when they installed the first half of Airport Boulevard. Next it was the Airport Boulevard extension to connect 172nd Street with 188th Street. Now they are preparing to put in 173rd Street to connect Smokey Point Boulevard with Airport Boulevard. The many backhoes and dump truck and orange fencing made us redo our courses (both 5k and 10k) for the 6th time. It made things very difficult for the runners and course workers but everyone was in a great mood and we persevered to complete the event.
As one might expect with such cold weather, the turnout was down this year with 208 people crossing the finish line, but the times were pretty good. This finish line was a stream of runners as 208 people finished the event, down from last year’s 266 finishers. The biggest hit to the event was the 10k runners. Last year we had 85 finishers, this year only 41 brave souls ventured out. It was so cold today that the 10k water station (about mile marker 4) reported the water cups freezing solid. Runners looking for a drink of water ended up with a popsicle. Amazingly cold weather.
Special shout out to our top finishers today:
1. Teri Gray took home the 5k Womens Overall trophy with a time of 22 minutes 30.18 seconds.
2. Jonathon Murray took home the 5k Men’s Overall trophy with a time of 16 minutes 15.52 seconds.
3. Bethany Stever took home the 10k Women’s Overall trophy with a time of 48 minutes 13.30 seconds.
4. Pieter Andrews took home the 10k Men’s Overall trophy with a time of 36 minutes 50.62 seconds.
I would love to give my many, many thanks to our sponsors who help to cover the overhead of our events so we can donate the proceeds of the registration fees to the host charities like Toys for Tots. It is a special blessing to have our sponsors AT the events to meet as we partner together to make an impact to our community. I hope you got say hi to Ben Wells who made the awards presentation, Herbert Burkart with RE/MAX Signature who is one of ARC’s officers, and Devin & Chelsea Brossard with Symmetry Chiropractic and Wellness Center (Devin was the 10k timer and Chelsea was handing out water at the 10k water station with my daughter Bethany). Finally a great big thank you to the Stillaguamish Athletic Center for allowing us to use their facilities – that is a huge help and we are very, very grateful.