Inaugural 5K walk/run draws larger-than-expected crowd

September 3, 2009

By Tim Pfarr

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By Tim Pfarr
Fog and mist didn’t stop hundreds of individuals from across Western Washington from attending Newcastle’s inaugural 5K walk/run the morning of Aug. 29.
Organizers Clay and Lee Strom had initially hoped to register 250 participants, but the goal was annihilated — 403 runners took to the course. The route began at Lake Boren Park, followed the Waterline Trail and passed through May Creek Park before returning to the finish line at Lake Boren Park.
Participants ranged in age from 5 to 75, and Eric Bice, 17, of Issaquah, took first place with a time of 16:23. The first woman to cross the finish line was Gaylene Donner, of Newcastle, with a time of 21:11. She finished in 22nd place overall and said the run was great.
“They’ve really cleaned up the trail,” she said, adding that she often runs along the route the race took.
Other participants enjoyed themselves as well.
“It wasn’t too hot. It was good,” said Josiah Sherwood, 17.
Sherwood, a member of the Liberty High School cross country team, finished fourth with a time of 17:42.  He said he participated in the event to get a base time before the upcoming season.
Newcastle residents Mark and Tracy Butler ran together with their dogs Leo, a Rhodesian ridgeback, and Codie, a golden retriever. Other participants brought dogs as well, but Leo and Codie were the first canines to cross the finish line. However, there was no award for the dogs besides a healthy dose of water.
The Butlers said they registered for the event because the race took place right down the hill from their home.
“We said, ‘What the heck,’” Mark Butler said.
City officials also participated in the run, including councilwomen Jean Garber and Lisa Jensen. Garber finished in second place in her age division. Both Garber and Jensen said they were very impressed with the event.
“There was a real sense of community out there,” Garber said. “I hope it becomes an annual event.”
Nurse practitioner Shelly Waldren, of Valley Medical Center, was on hand in case of injuries; she treated one scraped knee that had resulted from a fall.
“It wasn’t too bad,” she said.
The morning concluded with several “kid dashes” and the awards ceremony for the 5K event.
Medals were given to the top three overall male and female finishers, as well as to the top three male and female finishers in defined age groups.
The Stroms said the event was a huge success.
“I was really impressed with how it turned out,” Clay Strom, 17, said.
He and his father, Lee, said they have been planning the event for almost a year and hope to turn the race into an annual event.
Advanced registration for the event was $25 for individuals and $20 for groups of four; registration on the morning of the race was $30 for individuals and $25 for groups of four.
The Stroms said they had not yet determined the net revenue from the race, but said that they would donate all proceeds to Hazen High School’s cross country and track teams.

Fog and mist didn’t stop hundreds of individuals from across Western Washington from attending Newcastle’s inaugural 5K walk/run the morning of Aug. 29.

Organizers Clay and Lee Strom had initially hoped to register 250 participants, but the goal was annihilated — 403 runners took to the course. The route began at Lake Boren Park, followed the Waterline Trail and passed through May Creek Park before returning to the finish line at Lake Boren Park.Participants ranged in age from 5 to 75, and Eric Bice, 17, of Issaquah, took first place with a time of 16:23. The first woman to cross the finish line was Gaylene Donner, of Newcastle, with a time of 21:11. She finished in 22nd place overall and said the run was great.

“They’ve really cleaned up the trail,” she said, adding that she often runs along the route the race took.

Other participants enjoyed themselves as well.

“It wasn’t too hot. It was good,” said Josiah Sherwood, 17.

Sherwood, a member of the Liberty High School cross country team, finished fourth with a time of 17:42.  He said he participated in the event to get a base time before the upcoming season.

Newcastle residents Mark and Tracy Butler ran together with their dogs Leo, a Rhodesian ridgeback, and Codie, a golden retriever. Other participants brought dogs as well, but Leo and Codie were the first canines to cross the finish line. However, there was no award for the dogs besides a healthy dose of water.

The Butlers said they registered for the event because the race took place right down the hill from their home.

“We said, ‘What the heck,’” Mark Butler said.

City officials also participated in the run, including councilwomen Jean Garber and Lisa Jensen. Garber finished in second place in her age division. Both Garber and Jensen said they were very impressed with the event.

“There was a real sense of community out there,” Garber said. “I hope it becomes an annual event.”

Nurse practitioner Shelly Waldren, of Valley Medical Center, was on hand in case of injuries; she treated one scraped knee that had resulted from a fall.

“It wasn’t too bad,” she said.

The morning concluded with several “kid dashes” and the awards ceremony for the 5K event.

Medals were given to the top three overall male and female finishers, as well as to the top three male and female finishers in defined age groups.

The Stroms said the event was a huge success.

“I was really impressed with how it turned out,” Clay Strom, 17, said.

He and his father, Lee, said they have been planning the event for almost a year and hope to turn the race into an annual event.

Advanced registration for the event was $25 for individuals and $20 for groups of four; registration on the morning of the race was $30 for individuals and $25 for groups of four.

The Stroms said they had not yet determined the net revenue from the race, but said that they would donate all proceeds to Hazen High School’s cross country and track teams.

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