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by Linda Walker
with photos by Bruce Fisher

8/3/19 – Anacortes

The Anacortes Art Dash was held on Saturday, August 3 in beautiful Anacortes, Washington.  As this was a fair distance from our home in Shelton, we decided to make this a getaway weekend.  We drove our motorhome and stayed Friday and Saturday nights at the Fidalgo Bay RV Resort.   We arrived early enough on Friday to pick up our race bib and t-shirt at the City Hall building.

The t-shirt for the Art Dash is an unusual color of what I would call ‘pale salmon pink’ with a very simple peace sign logo on the front.  At first glance, the shirt is unappealing, but it grows on you, and I think we all agree that it is a fine shirt to add to our collection.

Several of us met at the Village Pizza for dinner on Friday, having strolled beforehand among the booths lining Commercial Street for the Art Fair.

Photo by John Phillips


We would have plenty of opportunity the following day after the race to continue to browse the booths full of artistic wares.

The Art Dash is one of our Grand Prix Choose Your Distance races and we were able to choose to run the 5K, 10K, or the Half Marathon.  Some people choose the race to run by pure enjoyment of being able to run their favorite distance.  Others use a more strategic thought process and choose their race by whether they would gain a point advantage in the series.

I chose to run the 10K as it is a bit more challenging distance for me.  Allen chose to run the Half Marathon.  These were not strategic choices for us regarding points.

We were greeted with sunny skies on race morning with a cool temperature in the high 50’s.  All runners started at the same time, regardless of the distance.  This makes for a large crowd with many trying to get the best starting position to be able to cross the blue timing pad in an orderly manner.

As we were waiting to start, we figured out the multi-colored numbering system on our bibs.  The red 5K race 3-digit numbers started with a “5”. The blue 10K race 5-digit numbers started with a “10” and the Half Marathon numbers were yellow.

The race began promptly and we ran along the city streets to a wide sidewalk that led to the Tommy Thompson Trail.  It did not take long for the crowd of runners to thin out a bit and everyone found their stride.  This was an out-and-back course, and each race distance had a marked and manned turnaround point.

The Half Marathon course had previous markings still visible and caused some confusion on the course.  The 10K race turnaround point was just past the RV park where our motorhome was visible from the trail.  As an afterthought, we should have adorned it was a big Silver Strider sign to encourage the runners.

The flat and paved trail is well maintained, follows the bay and passes through the dry dock storage area with lots of boats, yachts and sailboats to admire.  It is also beautified with art sculptures and murals on the walls.

The sun was shining brightly and allowed for a suntan to be acquired while running – first on the left side of your body and then on the right side after you turned around to return to the finish line.

The race finish leaves the peaceful trail and takes you  back to the congestion and noise of the Art Festival which is in full swing.  There are several people you must run past as they meander along the finish line course through the Hands-On art demonstration booths.

Finishers received a ribbon or a medal depending on the distance run.  There was also water, granola bars and fruit available.

This is a favorite race because of the running route and the enjoyment of the art festival festivities.

Photo by Kit Leonard


                            Results in Photos by Bruce Fisher


 Jerry’s Notes:

Race  Director, Travis Anderson, has announced that he will offer 5 year age divisions to all runners 50 years of age and older in 2020. 

Bruce Fisher’s photo artistry in this report is striking. Bruce also does the Century Club photos and frames.

We have two new members in the Century Club, Karen Lichtenstein and Edythe Hulet. They have now finished 100 Grand Prix Series races. Congratulations Karen and Edythe!














                                             Wait! The fun is not over.

                How about brunch at the Calico Cupboard? (photos below by Steve Husko)


      A good meal needs  dessert. How about ice cream outdoors, on a beautiful day?







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