About Us

                   the Silver Strider online magazine

                      ……     Our Mission:
         ……    To give a voice to runners and walkers over 50 years of age
                ……   To give motivation through friendly competition and recognition
                             To overcome age discrimination through education.
                                  To promote fitness through a healthy lifestyle.


                                       Silver Strider Staff

Jerry Dietrich Publisher

Betty Dietrich Editor-in Chief

Bruce Fisher Photographs

Allen Walker Grand Prix Coordinator







Sandra Madden  Communications

Karen Lichtenstein Series Liason

Nancy Larsen Parties and Awards

Diane Martin Parties and Awards

Linda Walker Strider Store






Judy Fisher Top IO

Bob Hoekman TopIO

David Longmuir Top IO

Ed Heckard TOP IO






Molly Childs ……          Directory & Birthday List

…….Steve and Patty Husko ………Post race activities

Dennis Zaborac…. Goodwill Ambassador











                                  Silver Strider Programs

Silver Strider online presents

Olympia – 3405 Capitol Blvd.
Puyallup – 115  So. Meridian
Ruston – 5109 Grand Loop



Ranked are the top 10 athletes in each Silver Strider age group for the State of Washington. Just click on TOP IO on the menu bar. If you are ranked #1 in your age group, please send me a photo of yourself for display.  If you have a correction or addition, please contact jerry@silverstrider.com by email. Rankings are based on the fastest performances on road or trail courses that are  USATF or Silver Strider certified. Track times are not considered.

If you are in the TOP IO at all 4 distances, you will be qualified for Super Athlete status. On December 1, 2019, those ranked in the TOP IO at all four distances will be receive the Super Athletes Ring for 2019. For those who change age groups during the year, it’s okay to be ranked in different age groups as long as you are ranked at all four distances.

Important note: The 2019 rankings end November 30th. The 2020 rankings begin on December 1st.

Congratulations to our Super Athletes for 2018, Sandra Madden, Bob Hoekman, Mick Allen, Ed Heckard, Judy Fisher, Carol Sexton,  David Crawford, Doug Beyerlein, Keith Lerew and Arne Hales.



            …..  The Silver Strider 5k State Championship

The Silver Strider 5k State Championship offers the top runners in each age group, in the State of Washington, a chance to compete head to head, on the same course, under the same conditions. The Silver Strider Championship race for 2019 took place at the Kent Cornucopia 5k on July 13, 2019. Plaques were awarded 3 deep in 5 year age groups from 50 to 89.

                             The 2019 5k Champions 



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            2019 – 10th Annual Kent Bowl Grand Prix Series

The goal of the Grand Prix Series is to provide fun, camaraderie and motivation for training.

Here’s how it works …

There are 28 races in the Series. Points are for your 8 highest finishes. Run or walk a minimum of 8 races and you are a finisher.

All finishers receive a trophy and a gift certificate. The gift certificate will be to a running store and/or a free entry to a race.

Achievement awards:
The male who completes the most Grand Prix Series races will receive a $50 gift certificate and the title “Mr. Grand Prix- 2019”.
The female who completes the most Grand Prix Series races will receive a $50 gift certificate and the title “Miss Grand Prix – 2019”.
The runner with most Series miles will receive a trophy.

Runners and walkers earn points in their age division every time they complete a series race. Do as many races as you like. Only your best 8 finishes count. 80 points is the maximum score:
1st = 10 pts    6th = 5 pts
2nd = 9 pts     7th = 4 pts
3rd = 8 pts     8th = 3 pts
4th = 7 pts     9th = 2 pts
5th = 6 pts     10th & up = 1 pt

The men and women age groups are: 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85-89, 90-94, 95 and up

NOTE: If you enter a new age division during the year, you bring your points with you. You will finish in the age division you are in at the last Grand Prix Series race.

Tie Breakers: In case of a tie in points, the participant with the most races at the end of the season wins. If they have the same number of races, the older person  wins.

To add to the fun, we are making two of the races “T-shirt Races”. The first t-shirt race will be the Silver Strider Fun Run and Potluck in December. Every participant who wears the shirt, black, pink, or neon, receives 10 points regardless of where they finish. Runners not wearing a series t-shirt will receive their normal points according to their finish position.

To check the current Grand Prix Series standings, click on Standings on the menu bar.

The second t-shirt race will be the race of your choice for buying and wearing one of the neon shirts.

To order your t-shirt: contact  jerry@silverstrider.com

For registration or information on GP races, click on the event ad on the right side of any page.

Please check “Bulletins” and “Thrifty Runner” to get current information about upcoming Grand Prix Series races.

                                   The Grand Prix Series Awards

The Grand Prix affords the opportunity for every runner and walker 50 years of age and older to receive recognition and rewards for their participation in the Series. Every finisher, who completed 8 or more GP races during the 2017-2018 Series received a trophy, personalized with their name and division place. In addition, those present at the party received a $50 gift certificate to one of our running store sponsors and a free entry to an upcoming Grand Prix Series race. Those who win their age division, receive a pair of running shoes from South Sound Running.


2019 – 10th Annual Kent Bowl Grand Prix Series

Saturday, January 5th      FSRC Resolution Run 5k        Steilacoom

Saturday, January 19th     No Sun Fun Run 5k            Puyallup

Sunday, February 17th    My Better Half 5k            Seattle*

Saturday, March 2nd    Foothills Dash 5k/10k/Half**    Orting

Saturday, March 9th        H.I.T. The Trail 5k            Tacoma*

Saturday April 6th             The Tulip Run 10k           Burlington   

Sunday, April 28th        All In For Autism 5k or 10k**        Bellevue*

Sunday, May 19th        Rhody Run 12k or 6k**          Port Townsend

Sunday, June 2nd        NODM 5k/10k,Half,Full**        Port Angeles*

Sunday, June 9th        Bear Run 5k                Maple Valley

Saturday, June 15th        Strawbwrry Short-K 5k             Olympia

Thursday, July 4th        Run For The Pies 5k            Carnation*

Saturday, July 13th        Kent Cornucopia Days 5k        Kent

Saturday, July 20th         Bill Burby 5k                Vashon Island

Saturday, July 27th         Whale of a Run 4 Mile        Silverdale

Saturday, August 3rd     Art Dash 5k/10k/ Half**        Anacortes

Sunday, August 11th         Lake Union 10k            Seattle

Saturday, August 17th          Run Like A Dog 5k             Olympia

Sunday, August 25th         Iron Horse Half            North Bend*

Monday, September 2nd    Labor Day Half Marathon        Redmond

Saturday, September 21st      Summer’s End 5k            Covington

Sunday, September 22nd        Orca Half Marathon            West Seattle

Saturday, October 12th       Poulsbo Half & 10k**        Poulsbo*

Sunday, October 27th          Run Scared 5k            Seattle

Saturday, November 9th       Fowl Run 5k                 Mt. Vernon

Thursday, November 28th    Turkey Trot 5k            Gig Harbor*

Saturday, December 14th      Christmas Rush 5k            Kent

Sunday, December 15th      Reindeer Run 5k            Olympia