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Men 65-69 – Cornucopia 5k

BATTLE OF THE BOOMERS M 65-69 7.11.15 A

 

 

Frontline Report
by Dennis Zaborac

7/11/15 – Kent

The inaugural “Battle of the Boomers” 5k Invitational Challenge was held July 11, 2015, as part of the Kent Cornucopia 5K Run.

In the Kent Cornucopia 5k, it would be me and five other old guys from the 65-69 age group that would launch the Battle of the Boomers series. All six of us were selected to race because we had run some of Washington’s fastest 5K times in our age group this year. We would be running alongside 500 other runners racing to different goals.

As I lined up at the start line, I looked at all five competitors and wondered which roads they may have traveled through the decades that enable them to run so well at our age.

For me, serious running started at the age of 55. However, my real roots to running go back to those childhood days of endless energy. I’m sure it was the same for my competitors.

I thought of how it might have been if all six of us had met 60 years ago as 6 and 7-year-old boys. On a hot summer day back then, we would have been milling around the streets of Seattle looking for something to do. When things really got boring, someone would stand tall, look everyone in the eye and then suddenly dart away yelling “Beat you to the corner.” The next second you would have six kids madly racing down the street.

Because of the distance involved, “Beat you to the corner” was the most powerful challenge a kid could make to another kid. Other challenges like “Last one to the telephone pole is a rotten egg,”could not match the marathon of that far away corner; a foreign country in the mind of a six-year-old.

Once the call to race was made, it was the duty of every kid to respond with his feet. It didn’t matter that you had a Japanese name like Tim Oguri, or that you were an immigrant from Brasil named Martinho Ribiero. It didn’t matter that you had a Yugoslavian name like Zaborac that no one could pronounce, or that you had a funny accent from somewhere in the British Empire like Bill Waters. It didn’t even matter if you had regular names like David Crawford and Craig Andersen. What mattered was that you had been challenged to run, and you had to meet that challenge.

So while 499 other runners heard “3-2-1 go,” last week at the start line of the Cornucopia 5k in Kent, I heard “beat you to the corner!”

With that, the first “ Battle of the Boomers” was underway, and six old kids charged down the block.

Not unexpectedly, Tim set the pace right from the start. And it was a very fast pace. David and I went stride for stride right behind him.

I knew the other Boomers Craig and Bill were right on our heels too, but I was reluctant to look back and see how close they might be.

Martinho was also behind us. He was running with an injury, but you could be sure he would be giving it all he had. However, when you run injured, it doesn’t matter how strong your mind and heart is, the body will set the speed. Martinho would have a tough run.

After the dash out of the gate, David, Tim and I continued to run pretty much in step together for the first mile. And a fast mile it was. Around 6 minutes and 15 seconds. I don’t know what David was thinking at that point, but I had neither the desire nor the ability to take it any faster. Tim, however, continued to run strong. As we approached the turnaround, David briefly faded back a few feet. About that time someone else lightly clipped the back of my heel. I took that bump from behind to be an indicator that there was another Boomer, probably Craig or Bill in the pack with us.

At the turnaround, things really started to change. David reappeared and started making ground on Tim, who had begun to pull away from the rest of us. And then Craig comes into sight and takes my number 3 position. They passed me so fast you might think we were headed in opposite directions.

Now in 4th place, I realized that I would be more an observer than a competitor for the remainder of the race. At mile 2, I watched David catch up with Tim, take the lead and pull away. Tim was able to hold Craig off for about another half mile. But once Craig moved into second the finish order was set. David would finish first, followed closely by Craig and Tim.

The only question remaining was whether or not I could hold on for 4th place. As one who is known to walk in the middle of a race, I half expected to see Martinho or Bill catch up with me. That didn’t happen though. Martinho must have continued to struggle with his injury. And Bill, who was headed on vacation to the Cook Islands the next day, must have decided to start the vacation early.

The end result was 4th for me, 5th for Bill, and actually 7th for Martinho in the overall Cornucopia 5k results. One other Silver Strider, John Marsteller, made a fine run and finished 6th in the age group field of 26 runners.

So that is how the first “Battle of the Boomers’” played out. In winning, David did set his best time of the year with a 20:17. The race was closer than it looked from the street level. The first 4 finishers all finished within a 49-second time spread. Friendships were made and battle plans formed for future races.

To those who trounced me last week —-“Congratulations!”
To those who lost to me last week———“Thank you!”
To all those kids 60 years ago who never ever let me beat them to the corner———-
“ I really wasn’t trying to win!”

Next up in the series is the girls!
I am looking forward to watching the women in the 70-74 age group take to the streets of Alki on August 23rd. For many of them, just getting to the start line of Boomers #2 is an accomplishment. They had to rebel against that childhood stereotyping of the 1950’s where girls heard time after time again, “walk, don’t run!”

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Left to right – David Crawford, Dennis Zaborac, Martinho Ribeiro, William Waters, Craig Andersen, and Tim Oguri.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Final Results:

1. David Crawford
2. Craig Andersen
3. Tim Oguri
4. Dennis Zaborac
5. William Waters
6. John Marsteller
7. Martinho Ribeiro

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Women 70-74 – Alki Beach 5k

BATTLE OF THE BOOMERS M 65-69 7.11.15 A

 

 

 

 


by Dennis Zaborac

photos by Bruce Fisher

8/23/15 – Seattle

On August 23rd, the second race in the Boomer series was held at the Alki Beach 5k Run. The competitors this time were the state’s fastest women in the 70-74 age division.

The runners were Betty Boudwin, Joan Torfin, Judy Fisher, Vicki Griffiths, Louise Mihay, and Carol Grisso.

Technically, these remarkable athletes were crashing our Boomers’ party. Baby Boomers are generally considered to be those persons born in the years directly after WWII (1946 to 1964). These gals came along in the years of 1941 to 1945. I think a more appropriate name for them should be “ War Babies,” since they were all born during those war years.

However,no matter what you want to call them, they came to the start line as fighters, and it was a joy to see them line up wearing their purple shirts.

At the start line, Judy queued up in her customary spot near the front of the field. Louise and Vicki were lurking in her shadow not too far back, and Joan and Betty were side by side a short distance behind those three. I searched the crowd for Carol, but she was missing in action; lost within that army of charitable runners who do so much to help raise money for the fight against cancer.

As the race began, Judy shot forward leaving the rest of us bottled up within a surging crowd of walkers and runners. Vicki was the first to work her way into some open space and headed down the street in second place.

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Judy Fisher, age 71

VICKI GRIFFITHS

Vicki Griffiths, age 72

Wanting to keep an eye on all of the Boomers in the race, and not knowing whether
Carol was in front of us or behind us, I ran to catch up with Judy. It took me a half mile to reach her. As I backed off, I knew I would be seeing her only once more in the race. That would be when she flew by us going the opposite way after the turnaround.
I slowed down at mile one to see how the rest of the team was doing. Vicki was looking strong in second place as she went by me. But to my surprise, Carol had appeared out of nowhere and was also looking unyielding, and was now on the heels of Vicki.

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Carol Grisso, Age 70

A little further back there was also a close duel for fourth place as Joan and Betty continued to run side by side. Louise was also in sight as the race moved towards mile two.

BETTY BOUDWIN

Betty Boudwin, Age 70

JOAN TORFIN

Joan Torfin, age 72

LOU MIHAY

Louise Mihay, Age 74

It was quite a challenge to get ahead of Vicki and Carol by mile two. By the time I reached them, Carol had taken over second place , but Vicki continued to run stride for stride with her just a few feet back. I was in amazement at how strong and fast the pair were running as they once again passed me.

The same could be said for the Betty and Joan battle. Betty had moved ahead, but Joan was just feet away and running smoothly. Louise at this point had faded a little but came running by with sheer determination on her face.

I saw little of the race after mile 2. I attempted to run and chase down Vicki and Carol by mile 3 but just didn’t have it. I had totally underestimated the speed and tenacity of all of these women. When I took the assignment to write about the race, I was thinking that following these 70 year old ladies around would amount to a nice jog on a sunny day. I was totally wrong! These women are now an inspiration to me.

The numbers show it all. Judy finished first with a 24:30. Carol and Vicki, battling it out to the end, finished just 16 seconds apart. Carol got second with 25:58 and Vicki got third with 26:14.

Betty’s 29:24 edged Joan out for 4th by just 18 seconds. And Louise finished 6th with a very respectable sub 10 minute pace of 30:40.

The girls selected for this Boomer race took all six of the top six spots in their age group. So in the end you don’t have to call them “ Boomers” or “ War Babies.” Just call them fast!

BATTLE OF THE BOOMERS F 70-74

Left to right: Judy Fisher, Carol Grisso, Vicki Griffiths, Betty Bodwin, Joan Torfin, and Louise Mihay.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Final Results:

1. Judy Fisher – 24:30
2. Carol Grisso – 25:58
3. Vicki Griffiths – 26:14
4. Betty Boudwin – 29:24
5. Joan Torfin – 29:42
6. Louise Mihay – 30:40
6. Diane Johnson – 30:40

 

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Men 75-79 – Christmas Rush 5k

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by Dennis Zaborac

photos by Bruce Fisher

12/12/15 – Kent

The latest Battle of the Boomers took place along the Green River in Kent at the Christmas Rush on December 12, 2015. Like their predecessors at the Alki run in August, this group of runners was not theoretically Baby Boomers. These men, age 75 to 79, were all born long before the baby boomer years of 1946 to 1964. They couldn’t even be considered, “War Babies,” since they were all born before World War 2.
So what do we call a group of runners born in that period after the Great Depression, but before the war? “Roosevelt’s Kids” is what comes into my mind. As children in the late 1930’s, they were probably crawling, walking or running about the streets of their neighborhoods while a polio-stricken FDR was struggling just to stand up. Through the decades, these kids took the benefits of Franklin’s “New Deal.” and grew up healthy and strong. Seventy years after his death, they came together as competitors in the third Battle of the Boomers

At the start line of the Christmas Rush, all six of the Boomers lined up together, and all were wearing the purple Tab Wizard shirt. That made it easy for me to line up alongside them and track the progress of the race. It didn’t however, make it any easier for me to run with this fast group of septuagenarians.

MARK STOCKSLAGER

Mark Stockslager

 

As the race started, Mark Stockslager set a relatively fast pace out of the gate. I tagged along a short distance back, waiting to see if any other Boomers would make a move on him.

PETER MARSHALL

Peter Marshall

 

At about the half mile point, Peter Marshall did glide by me and pretty much locked into a steady pace with Mark.

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Larry Glenn

 

Larry Glenn then quickly appeared and joined the duo. All three then ran close together for the next half mile.

 

 

 

At the one mile marker, the trio broke up as Larry Glenn took a slight lead. Peter challenged him briefly, but Larry fought him off and moved further ahead. At the turnaround, it was still Larry, Peter and then Mark. All three were running at the same speed but evenly separated by about 200 yards. At that time, it looked to me that those positions would hold for the remainder of the race, so I dropped back to see how the rest of the field was faring.

JERRY BRONSON

Jerry Bronson

 

Jerry Bronson, running in fourth place, quickly came into sight and was only a couple hundred yards back of Mark.

ROGER DEAN

Roger Dean

LARRY LARSEN .

Larry Larsen

 

Rodger Dean held down fifth place and Larry Larsen chased them all in.

 

 

 

 

 

From mile one the finish order was set and no one passed or gain distance on any other runner.
It was inspiring to watch all six men easily moving in stride, equally distanced from each other. It was more like watching a parade than a race. A victory parade for these runners, who in their late 70’s set quite an example for the younger generation.

Roosevelt would have been proud to see his “kids” run. He was known to exercise vigorously every day despite his disability. If he had been born years later, after polio was cured, he might have been a runner too. If so, he would have been a formidable competitor. After all, he did run and win four big races in his lifetime. Four presidential races.

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Final Results

1. Larry Glenn 25:46
2. Peter Marshall 26:47
3. Mark Stockslager 28:05
4. Jerry Bronson 29:51
5. Larry Williams 30:42 (Surprise entry)
6. Rodger Dean 30:51
7. Larry Larsen 31:46

 

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Women 60-64 – The No Sun Fun  Run 5k

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by Barb Buman
with photos by Bruce Fisher

1/30/16 – Puyallup

When Jerry Dietrich contacted me in December about participating in the Battle of the Boomers at last Saturday’s No Sun Fun Run in Puyallup, I didn’t have much on my 2016 race calendar at all. Between weather and work it’s not always easy to get outdoors and run during the winter. The invitation to do the “Battle” provided a goal and prompted a look at what might be possible in a 5K.

Earlier in the year I’d run two 5k’s, one at Northwest Trek and the second at Turn Back the Clock in Lacey, and seemed to be stuck at 25:05 — one of the slowest times among my age group in the TOP IO. Breaking the 25-minute barrier was possible if I was willing to put in the work, so I looked for advice from running friends and did some reading on the subject.

I decided I didn’t have a speed problem; I had a lactate threshold problem. I needed to find the line between aerobic and anaerobic running and teach my body how to stay there longer. In both of my 2015 5K’s I started out strong but got progressively slower until my leaden legs slowed to a crawl at 2.5 miles.

To fix that, I started doing workouts that had me running long intervals one day a week with an occasional speed workout thrown in. My favorite workout is hard sprints followed by recovery between the lampposts around Capitol Lake.

The night before a race is always when the doubts creep in. Had I trained enough and rested enough? That evening my son posted a picture and announced to the Facebook world that I would be running for glory the next morning.

His encouragement and faith in me and the follow-up from his friends and mine were a welcome boost!

Saturday morning dawned cloudy with a chilly wind but as race time neared the sun was peeking out. Typical Northwesterners, we had packed every conceivable clothing combination and ended up in long sleeves and shorts. As it turned out, with gloves and a hat that combo was just right.

I took a few short laps around the park, downed a gel and some water and headed to the start.

Even though there were chips on the back of our bibs, I didn’t see any mats and decided to play it safe by moving up toward the front. Several of my competitors did the same, and we took off quickly when the gun went off.

KAREN 2ND F 60-64

Karen Schoessel

Karen was about 30 yards ahead and I planned to stay off her left shoulder as long as possible. Just before the first mile I caught up with her when a dog darted across her path.

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Barb Bumann

I briefly debated the wisdom of passing and then just mentally crossed my fingers and went for it.

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Huong Delabar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first mile I tapped my watch and it showed 7:30. I wasn’t sure where Karen was and I knew Huong was close, too, but didn’t want to risk looking over my shoulder so I powered on as best I could.

Pacing is apparently still a challenge because I slowed to 7:50 in the second and third miles.

At the final turn for the finish line, I saw that the clock read 23:45. For a fleeting moment I thought a sub-24:00 was possible and kicked as hard as I could, but it was not to be. My watch read a few seconds past 24:00 – giving me a new time goal to shoot for in the year to come!

Thanks to the Silver Striders for the invitation to compete, to my fellow Boomers, Karen, Huong, Gail, and Charlea, for the competition. And also to the Pierce County Recreation District for providing a great venue and course. And, as always, thanks for the support and patience of my partner and running buddy, Chris.

F 60-64 BOOMER CHALLENGE 1.30.16

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Final Results:

1. Barb Bumann  24:00
2. Karen Schoessel  24:25
3. Huong Delabar  24:50
4. Gail Farmer  27:21
5. Charlea Sherman  28:41

Editor’s Note:
One of our invitees did not show up on race morning. We decided to go with five contestants.

 

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Men 55-59 – The Foothills Dash 5k

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By Keith Lerew
with photos by Bruce Fisher

3/5/16 – Orting

March 5th began with broken clouds, wet roads and rain subsiding. By race time the sun was shining and the views of Mt. Rainier, from the Orting Foothills trail, were spectacular.

Surprisingly the drive to the latest Boomer race had the adrenaline soaring to levels that were totally unanticipated for the showdown of the 55 – 59 year old speedsters.

On the starting line for the race were Greg Waters, Mitch Parker, Bryan Sepal, Denis Villeneuve, Louie Pratt and Keith Lerew. This lineup was sure to produce some very fast and competitive times.

Once the race started, the lead group was quickly formed with Waters and Sepal pushing the pace and Parker not far off, running just over a 6 minute mile, followed by Villeneuve, Pratt and Lerew spaced a short distance behind.

GREG WATERS

Greg Waters

BRIAN SEPAL

Bryan Sepal

MITCH PARKER

Mitch Parker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The lead pack remained tight at the turn around, with Villenueve, Pratt and Lerew not far off the pace and running closely spaced.

DENIS VILLENEUVE

Denis Villeneuve

LOUIE PRATT

Louie Pratt

KEITH LEREW

Keith Lerew

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mile two saw the pack starting to change as Sepal asserted the lead position with Parker hot on his heels. Waters began to fade, which allowed Villeneuve, who was finishing strong and stretching Lerew, to move into 3rd place and came very close to catching Parker.

Waters was able to finish strong enough to hold off Lerew, who was followed closely by Pratt.

This Boomer race turned out to be the closest contest yet with all 6 runners finishing within 43 seconds of each other and all under 20 minutes, taking six of the top eight spots overall.

 

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Brian Sepal 1st place

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Mitch Parker – 2nd

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Denis Villeneuve – 3rd

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Greg Waters – 4th place

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Keith Lerew – 5th place

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Louie Pratt – 6th place

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sepal opens the envelope containing his prize money

 

 

 

Final Results:

1. Brian Sepal  19:16
2. Mitch Parker  19:23
3. Denis Villeneuve  19:33
4. Greg Waters  19:41
5. Keith Lerew  19:48
6. Louie Pratt  19:59

 

 

 

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Men 50-55 – The Bear Run 5k

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By Bob Brennand
with photos by Bruce Fisher

6/12/16 – Maple Valley

I recently ran in the “Battle of the Boomers” race held as part of the Tahoma Bear Run & Walk 5K.  The race had almost 700 participants, with six in the Boomer race.

IGOR VELCIHKO 3RD M 50-54 5TH BOOMER M 50-55

Igor Velichko

Igor Velichko took it out strong, leading overall for the first half mile. Youth took over after that, as a pack of six teenagers led the rest of the race.

DAVID WHITE-ESPIN 1ST M 55-59 2ND BOOMER 50-55

David White-Espin

John O’Hearn and David White-Espin, with Scott Clayton in their wake, appeared to catch Igor at about one mile into the race.

SCOTT CLAYTON 2ND M 55-59 3RD BOOMER M 50-55

Scott Clayton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After his fast start, Igor dropped back a little bit, and I was able to catch him at about the 1.5 mile mark.

BOB BRENNAND 2ND M 50-54 4TH BOOMER M 50-55

Bob Brennand

 

Scott Clayton continued running a strong, steady pace, and while he couldn’t catch John and David, I couldn’t catch him either.

O’Hearn and White-Espin slowly pulled away from the rest of us, with David making a move with about a half mile left.

John covered it, and put in a surge after the turnaround about 1/3 of a mile from the finish. Then John accelerated, and finished in 18:18.

David White-Espin finished well, ending up 2nd in 18:29.

He was followed closely by Scott Clayton in 10th at 18:35.

I barely broke 19 in 18:59 for 4th place, with Igor Velichko within sight for 5th in 19:15.

Craig Kenworthy wasn’t far behind in 20:10 to claim 6th place.

 

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Final Results:

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John O’Hearn – 1st place              in 18:18

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David White-Espin – 2nd place   in 18:29

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Scott Clayton – 3rd place        in 18:35

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Bob Brennand – 4th place        in 18:59

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Igor Velichko – 5th place             in 19:15

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Craig Kenworthy – 6th place    in 20:10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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John O’Hearn counts his prize money

 

Here’s a race commentary from David White-Espin’s perspective.

At the start I saw Scott and Igor jump out early, they went out with about 10 high school runners.

John O’Hearn and I found each other and started running together. Within a half a mile we caught Scott and then Igor. John and I fell into a steady pace and caught the leaders.

Rather than slow down I went around the lead pack, this seemed to wake everyone up and they began to pick up the pace. John and I stayed together, I kept trying to open up a gap, I thought I was running stronger but I’ve run with John many times and I know he gets tougher as we get further into the race.

At the 180 degree turn I lost contact with John, I noticed Scott and Bob were not too far behind. I ran the last 600 trying to catch John and hold off Scott and Bob at the same time.

I never caught John but was able to hold off Scott and Bob. I warmed up with Craig but never saw him until the finish.

I really thought we were running much faster than the time indicated. The course is tough and the varied surfaces seems to slow the pace. I had ran 45 seconds faster a week earlier. The race within the race added a bit of excitement.

 

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Men 80 plus – The Independence Day 5k

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By Jerry Dietrich
with photos by Bruce Fisher

7/4/16 – Tacoma

The Men 80 plus division of the Tab Wizard’s Battle of the Boomers was originally planned to be held in conjunction with the Smelt Run in LaConner.

When the Smelt Run in LaConner was cancelled, the 80 plus men needed a new home.

The Independence Day 5k is a fast downhill course and seemed an ideal replacement. After several weeks of recruiting, six of the top eight runners in the state were committed to the race.

Race day arrived and I was nursing a back injury and planned to withdraw from the race. When only 3 of the other 5 committed runners appeared on race morning, my decision was difficult. By staying in the race I would bring the entries to four.

I received words of encouragement from Richard Olafson, the pre-race favorite.

As the start time approached, it was evident that this race would be different from the other Boomer races. In the other races held so far, contestants lined up together or close by and raced head to head.

In this race each runner would be doing his own thing.

Richard Olafson lined up in his usual position about 6 or 7  rows from the front.

Chuck Milliman took his usual position at the rear with only a dozen or so walkers behind him.

Bill Jackson always likes to start last. He waits until everyone has cleared the start area and then begins running. He likes passing runners while not being passed. It gives him a positive feeling. Today he did his usual start but was the next to last, as I waited for him to start before I began.

The race started and Richard Olafson moved out strongly.

RICHARD OLAFSON 1ST M 80-99 BOOMER WINNER

Richard Olafson

Fifty one seconds later, Chuck Milliman crossed the start line, followed in 10 seconds by Jackson. Ten seconds later, I took my first two steps and severe pain shot up my back. I decided to start by walking.

CHARLES MILLIMAN 3RD M 80-99 3RD BOOMER

Chuck Milliman

WILLIAM JACKSON 2ND M 80-99 2ND BOOMER (1)

Bill Jackson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I could barely make out Richard Olafson’s purple shirt a block away. Milliman was about 100 yards from the start with Jackson 30 yards behind him.

I discovered, after a couple of minutes of walking, that I was able to begin jogging without back pain. Olafson was long gone, but I could still see Milliman and Jackson ahead. Jackson had closed on Milliman and was now close behind.

The start was a very gently sloped downhill for the first two or three blocks. Then the Vasault downhill began and gradually the street curved to the right.

Shortly after the first mile mark, Jackson moved up on Milliman and soon passed him.

Despite the downhill, I was losing ground and had lost sight of any purple shirts.

The winner was evident from the start and after a mile and a half the finishing order was decided.

In winning the race Richard Olafson ran a national class time of 27:38. Bill Jackson’s time was a noteworthy 28:29, 51 seconds behind Richard.  Milliman finished nicely in 30:29, and I brought up the rear, thankful to be running at all.

Upon finishing, I joined the Boomers for the photos and awards. I marveled at my competitors.

Ranging from 80 to 83 in age, they were nonetheless as impressive as any athletes present.

RICHARD OLAFSON WINNER BOOMER 80-PLUS

Richard Olafson – 1st

WILLIAM JACKSON BOOMER MALE 80-PLUS 2ND PLACE

William Jackson – 2nd

CHARLES MILLIMAN BOOMER 80-PLUS 3RD PLACE

Chuck Milliman – 3rd

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Jerry Dietrich – 4th

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Final Results:
1. Richard Olafson 27:48
2. William Jackson 28:59
3. Charles Milliman 30:29
4. Jerry Dietrich 42:56

 

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Women 65-69 – Kent Cornucopia 5k

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By Dennis Zaborac
with photos by Bruce Fisher

 

6/9/16 – Kent

The Flower Children

On July 9th the “Battle of the Boomer” race series celebrated its’ first year by returning to the site of the inaugural event, the Kent Cornucopia 5k. The success of the series was clearly evident in the demographics of this year’s entries. Of the 544 finishers, nearly 50% (263) were age 50 and older, and an astonishing 162 of those runners were age 60 and over!

The Cornucopia 5k was the eighth of the fifteen race series. The Boomers lining up to battle this time were the top women runners in the 65-69 age group. They were Jane Trevleven, Sandy Madden, Linda Burt, Sandra Maib, Phyllis Nelson, and Barbara Johnson.

I had the honor to run alongside these remarkable runners to write this race report. Being in the same age group as they were, made it a fun task. We were all teenagers in the 1960’s, and I imagined these women as being the “flower children” of that era.

I don’t know for sure whether or not they “turned on, tuned in or dropped out” during that Summer of Love in 1967, but looking at the times that qualified them for the Boomer race, I have to believe they dropped out and learned to run.
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The race started under partially cloudy skies with the temperature moderately cool. “Moderately cool,” meaning cold to some runners, hot to other runners, and just right for me.

All six of the Boomers lined up together near the front of the start line. As the race began, they split into three groups.

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Phyllis Nelson

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Jane Treleven

Phyllis and Jane went out first and fast, followed closely by Sandy Madden and Linda.

SANDRA MADDEN 2ND F 65-69 (4)

Sandra Madden

LINDA BURT 3RD F 65-69 (1)

Linda Burt

 

Barbara and Sandra Maib started side by side a short distance further back.

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Sandra Maib

BARBARA JOHNSON

Barb Johnson

Trying to stay with the two front runners, I thought of how things really hadn’t changed much for me in the past 50 years. I went from chasing girls in the 60’s to chasing women in their sixties, and still not being able to catch them.

In this race, Jane quickly pulled away from all of us by running a sub 7-minute mile the first mile. She may have been a flower child back in the sixties, but in this race, she wasn’t going to take the time to stop and smell the roses. She flew at an incredible seven-minute pace all the way to victory.

After watching Jane go out of sight, I left Phyllis in second place and drifted back to see how the rest of the field was shaping up. At the one-mile marker, I found Sandy Madden in third place with Linda right behind her.

Sandra Maib was within sight of the two of them, and Barbara, coming off an injury and a long layoff, was resiliently pushing forward.

Shortly after the first-mile marker, Sandy Madden and Linda edged by Phyllis. I could see then that there was a race shaping up for second place between Sandy and Linda. Both runners looked to be running very comfortably, with Sandy unaware that Linda was trailing her by just fifteen feet.

I followed the two for nearly two miles waiting to see if Linda might make a move to the front. Just short of the three-mile marker she did take the challenge and moved next to Sandy. I saw a friendly conversation going on between the two as they ran side by side toward the finish line. I don’t know what they were saying or thinking then, but I don’t believe the two flower children were discussing love and peace for all.

The conversation was very brief and ended as Sandy slowly pulled ahead at the three-mile marker. There was no sprint. That made it difficult to determine whether Sandy sped up or Linda slowed down. Whatever the reason, the two flower girls finished seconds apart, just the way they had run the entire race.

With first, second and third place finalized, I stopped at the three-mile marker to look back and see where the rest of the Boomers were. To my surprise, Sandra Maib was right there. She had been lurking in the background the whole time. She had skirted past Phyllis in the last half mile and went on to finish fourth; just 23 seconds behind Linda.

Phyllis followed her in, garnering fifth place which gave the Boomer girls a top five sweep of their age group.

Barbara, in her return to running, finished a very respectable 9th place out of the 28 runners in the age division.

After the race, as the sun broke through the clouds, the six runners lined up on a grassy mound to receive their prizes. You could see smiles everywhere. It was a delight to once again see how a Boomer race could bring camaraderie to competitors.

FINAL BOOMER F 65-69 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As I walked away from the presentation, I took one last look at the six Boomers standing together. I saw more than just a group of incredible women in their sixties who were an inspiration to runners of all ages. I saw a beautiful bouquet from the 60’s.

The Finishing Times

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Jane Treleven 22:06

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Sandy Madden 26:35

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Linda Burt 26:49

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Sandra Maib 27:12

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Phyllis Nelson 27:44

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Barbara Johnson 30:34

 

Next Battle of the Boomer Race
            Women 55-59
            Alki Beach 5K
             August 28th

 

JANE TREVELEN IS ALL SMILES AS DENNIS ZABORAC PRESENTS HER WITH THE WINNING PRIZE MONEY

SANDRA MADDEN LOOKS

BOOMER WINNER JANE TRELEVEN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Women 55-59 – Alki Beach 5k

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By Dennis Zaborac
with photos by Bruce Fisher

 

8/28/16 – West Seattle

Born To Race

The ninth race in the Battle of the Boomer series was held on August 28th during the Alki 5k run in West Seattle. The competitors were the top women runners from the 55-59 age group. These gals were born to race. They grew up during a time when the whole world was witnessing the greatest and longest race in history; the “Space Race”. That competition between the US and Russia was a 10 year, 238,900-mile run to the moon.

The six women invited to compete in Seattle were Becky Backstrom, Gail Hall, Susan Hall, Regina Joyce, Kimmer Muenz and Carol Sexton. I would consider them “Space Babies,” since they were all born around the time of the launch of the first satellite “Sputnik” in 1958, and the first manned space flight by Yuri Gagarin in 1961.

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Becky Backstrom

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Gail Hall

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Susan Hall

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Regina Joyce

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Kimmer Muenz

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Carol Sexton

At the Alki 5k, the start line for these fast women was more like a launching pad. The race began appropriately with a countdown of “ 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1.”

While no one actually said “blast off,” Regina blasted off to a strong lead at the beginning. The other five women, tightly bunched together, chased her across the start line.

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Regina Joyce

Carol was the first to break away from the pursuing group and go after Regina. Gail and Becky tried to stay close to Carol as Kimmer and Susan held steady strides together a short distance back.

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Carol Sexton

At the half mile point, Gail caught up with Carol and moved into second place.

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Gail Hall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the meantime, Becky running in fourth place at a faster pace began to gain on the two of them.

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Becky Backstrom

At the one mile marker, Regina continued to extend her lead as Carol fell a little farther back, allowing Becky to eclipse her and move into third place.

At two miles, Gail was still in second place with Becky and Carol close behind. However, Becky’s slightly faster pace ultimately enabled her to overtake Gail.

Meanwhile, Kimmer pulled quite a bit ahead of Susan who slowly drifted farther behind.

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Kimmer Muenz

In the last mile, Becky continued to run well and started to gain on Regina, but her lead was just too big to overcome. Regina won the race leading all the way from start to finish.

Becky finished second, and Carol came back strong to edge Gail out for third place by just 11 seconds. Only 44 seconds separated the top five finishers as they all finished under 22 minutes with national class times.

Of the 40 runners in their age group, Kimmer finished a strong 7th place.

 

Susan finished 10th as she outran three-fourths of the field.

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Susan Hall

 

 

Susan won the Miss Congeniality award. In the Alki 5k, she was like a first stage booster for a rocket. She pushed all the other runners into orbit and stayed with the front pack for just 50 seconds before separating, floating backward and then falling back into the atmosphere; smiling all the way.

The camaraderie among these runners was easy to see as all six of the runners joined together at the finish line to sign each other’s bibs. None of these astro-nots ever landed on the moon, but when Neil Armstrong was taking “one small step for mankind,” you could imagine these women as speedy little girls taking a lot more footsteps running through the streets of their hometowns.

 

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Boomer Payday

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FINAL RESULTS:

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Lunar Lander

 

 

1st – Regina Joyce 21:12

 

 

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Apollo II

 

 

2nd – Becky Backstrom 21:29

 

 

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Gemini

 

 

3rd – Carol Sexton 21:45

 

 

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Mercury

 

 

5th – Gail Hall 21:56

 

 

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Volstok 1

 

 

7th – Kimmer Muenz 24:17

 

 

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Sputnik

 

 

10th – Susan Hall 26:53

 

 

 

 

AND THE HAPPIEST AND MOST
HEROIC ASTRONAUT OF THAT SPACE RACE OF SO LONG AGO?

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                       HAM

 

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Also known as Ham the Chimp and Ham the Astrochimp, was a chimpanzee and the first hominid launched into space, on 31 January 1961, as part of America’s space program.
Born: July 1957, Cameroon
Died: January 19, 1983, North Carolina Zoo, NC
Space missions: Mercury-Redstone 2
Space time: 0d 0h 16m
First space flight: Mercury-Redstone 2

 

 

 

Next up in the Boomer Series?

Men 60-64 at the Xmas Rush in Kent in December.

 

 

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Boys from the 50’s

Battle of the Boomers #10

By Dennis Zaborac

On December 10, 2016, the tenth running of the Battle of the Boomers took place alongside the Green River in Kent. Like previous races, it was a race within a race – the main race being the 5K Christmas Rush. Seven of the state’s top runners in the 60-to 64 age group came together to battle it out for fun and money.

These competitors were born between the years 1951 and 1956. It was a time when black and white television shows were beginning to hit stride in homes all across the country. Somewhere, between the launching of the TV series “Hopalong Cassidy” and “Captain Kangaroo,” these kids took their first steps.

Back then, it was impossible not to be influenced by television. These guys, as kids, wore Superman pajamas, Davy Crockett coonskin caps, Dick Tracey watches, and Donald Duck slippers. They probably carried Howdy Doody or Roy Rodgers lunch boxes to kindergarten.

There were many types of new TV programs in the early 50’s, but the ones that really got kids outside and running were the cowboys and Indians programs. Every neighborhood had a Fort Apache where the kids could come together with the cavalry to play cowboys and Indians. However, no one ever wanted to be the Indians because everyone knew that the Indians always lose. Even the Indians knew they were going to lose, so they always carried a “peace pipe.”

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Knowing that, as I looked out at the Boomers standing near the start line of the Xmas Rush, I didn’t see a bunch of old guys lining up to run a race. I saw seven cowboys wanting to rush to the rescue of some pretty damsel in distress; a girl who was probably a beautiful, young, single school teacher loved by everyone in the town. She was most likely captured by some renegade Indians who would tie her to the railroad tracks. Fortunately for her, she had an elite group of heroes from the 50’s ready to save her.

That elite group included the best from the west:

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Mark “The Lone Ranger” Billet

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Mickey “Gunsmoke” Allen             .

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Kent
“Rifleman” Sizer    .

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Karl “Cisco Kid” Kunkle                .        .

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Doug”Rawhide” Beyerlein                .   .

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Dave “Davy Crockett” Sherman

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Ed “Wyatt Earp” Barney               .    .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two hours before “High Noon.” the race began.

It started out more like a cattle drive than a run. While the Boomers were clustered up near the front and ready to roll, they still had to maneuver their way through the crowded field of 1000 to get up to speed.

The Lone Ranger was the first to break loose and go to the lead.

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Mark (Lone Ranger) Billett

Davy Crockett followed him in hot pursuit just a little ahead of the rest of the boys.

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Dave (Davy Crockett) Sherman

The Rifleman trailed everyone but looked like he was pacing himself to be ready for a late challenge.

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Kent (The Rifleman) Sizer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As I followed him, I quickly realized there was no way I was going to hang with this group. If I were going to play a part in this western, I should be relegated to just driving the chuck wagon.

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Dave (Davy Crockett) Sherman

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Mickey “Gunsmoke” Allen

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Doug “Rawhide” Beyerlein

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At a quarter mile, it looked like Crockett realized he had started out too fast and backed off a little. He was quickly passed by Gunsmoke, Rawhide, Wyatt Earp, and the Cisco Kid all bunched together. The Rifleman continued to stay slightly behind the pack.

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Ed “Wyatt Earp” Barney

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Karl “Cisco Kid” Kunkle

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Kent (The Rifleman) Sizer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By the bridge at 3/4 of a mile, the field began to separate and spread out a bit. The Lone Ranger  continued to blaze forward. Crockett kicked it up a little and edged by Wyatt Earp for fifth.

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Mark (Lone Ranger) Billett             .

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Dave (Davy Crockett) Sherman

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Ed “Wyatt Earp” Barney .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Cisco Kid looked good in fourth, and Gunsmoke moved slightly ahead of Rawhide to take second. The Rifleman continued to trail the field, but he was not losing any additional ground as he stayed with the others.

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Karl “Cisco Kid” Kunkle

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Mickey “Gunsmoke” Allen

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Doug “Rawhide” Beyerlein

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Kent (The Rifleman) Sizer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just before the turnaround Crockett made his move on the Cisco Kid and took over fourth place. At the same time, the Rifleman made a charge and quickly overtook both Wyatt Earp and the Cisco Kid to take over fifth place.

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Dave (Davy Crockett) Sherman

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Kent (The Rifleman) Sizer

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Karl “Cisco Kid” Kunkle

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Ed “Wyatt Earp” Barney .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the next half mile, the Lone Ranger continued to pull away while Gunsmoke and Rawhide ran close together vying for 2nd place.

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Mark (Lone Ranger) Billett             .

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Mickey “Gunsmoke” Allen

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Doug “Rawhide” Beyerlein

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crockett and the Rifleman had their own little battle going on for 4th place. The Cisco Kid and Wyatt Earp were running side by side for 6th place.

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Dave (Davy Crockett) Sherman

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Kent (The Rifleman) Sizer

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Karl “Cisco Kid” Kunkle

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Ed “Wyatt Earp” Barney

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the two mile point, it became three races. I think all the runners recognized that the Lone Ranger had an insurmountable lead and ceded first to him. The other three races however, were head to head in competition for 2nd place, 4th place, and 6th place. Those three races stayed close together all the way to the finish line without any change in positions. The race was pretty much over at that point. All seven runners finished in the places they had held at mile two.

In the Boomer series, there has never been a race where the winner has been so dominant from start to finish. Mark Billett, with an 18:34 time, beat the second place finisher Mickey Allen by almost two minutes. In any other race, Mickey’s time of 20:29 would have won the age group. The rest of these cowboys ran just as well with only 45 seconds separating 2nd from 5th place.

At the awards ceremony, there was no mention of that damsel in distress. The guys told stories, laughed, took pictures, received their prizes and went off in different directions. The Lone Ranger received the bulk of the money. Just another day on the range for him. As he left, I could imagine him saying, “Hi-Yo Silver!… Away!”

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How the West Was Won

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1st
The Lone Ranger
Mark Billet
18:54

 

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2nd
Gunsmoke
Mickey Allen
20:29

 

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3rd
Rawhide
Doug Beyerlein
20:38

 

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4th
Davy Crockett
Dave Sherman
21:00

 

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5th
The Rifleman
Kent Sizer
21.14

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6th
The Cisco Kid
Karl Kunkle
21:46

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7th
Wyatt Earp
Ed Barney
22:03

 

 

 

 

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Next up in the Boomer Series
Women 75-79 January 28th at the No Fun Sun Run

 

 

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Women 75-79 – No Sun Fun Run

The Oscar Girls

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By Dennis Zaborac
with photos by Bruce Fisher

The Eleventh Battle of the Boomers Race took place during the No Sun Fun Run in Puyallup on January 28, 2017. The participants were women age 75 to 79. They were born during the “Golden Years” of Hollywood between 1938 and 1942. It was a time when Shirley Temple was the biggest little star in Hollywood, and Dorothy realized she and Toto were no longer in Kansas. It was also a time where Abbott and Costello argued over who was on first, and Rhett Butler told Scarlett that he frankly didn’t give a damn.

Almost eight decades after being born into this era of great movie shows, five women stepped to the start line to put on a show of their own.

The runners were Sue Stipe, Jan Drago, Carol Kennedy, Louise Mihay, and Ruth Chin. As I watched them line up for the race, I couldn’t help but think how each and every one of them was a winner just by being there. Being a top runner in one of the oldest age groups is quite an accomplishment.

I considered my entry fee a show ticket to watch them run. It was money well spent. They put on a show that I hadn’t seen in any of the previous Battle of the Boomer’s races.

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Louise Mihay

At the start of the race, the Boomers did not go out as a group. Louise was the first to cross the start line, followed by Sue, Carol, Ruth and Jan in that order. By the time they reached the half-mile mark, Louise had a three spot lead over Ruth who was just two runners back from Sue.

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Sue Stipe

At one mile, Jan was two places behind Carol, who was just ahead of Ruth and right behind Sue. By the time the runners reached the half way mark, Louise was then 2 spots in front of Carol, who herself was two spots ahead of Jan.

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Carol Kennedy

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Ruth Chin

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Jan Drago

At the two-mile mark, Sue maintained a three spot lead over Jan while Ruth was running right behind Carol. As they all approached the three-mile mark, Carol was just two runners behind Louise, but two spots ahead of Jan and right behind Sue. Ruth was also right there just three places behind Louise and right ahead of Jan.

In a stirring finish, Louise was first to cross the finish line followed by Sue, Carol, Ruth and Jan in that order. For the first time in Boomer history, no one had passed anyone, at any time, anywhere on the course during the race. The runners had all finished in the exact order they started. It was almost as if there was a courtesy among the runners to let each other go first.

The fact that the women did not change positions throughout the race doesn’t mean that they didn’t run fast. All five of the runners swept their age group. And Louise, Sue, Carol, and Ruth grabbed the top four age group times on this year’s Top 10 List. They were by no means, slow runners.

One could say that when the race began, they were “Gone with the Wind.”

        BEST ATHLETE

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Louise Mihay – 31:08

BEST SUPPORTING ATHLETES
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Sue Stipe 31:35
Carol Kennedy 32.00
Ruth Chin 36:19
Jan Drago 46:58

 

 

 

 

 

                                                     BEST PICTURE

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LOUISE MIHAY TAKES THE TOP BOOMER PRIZE

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SUE STIPE BOOMER 2ND PLACE

CAROL KENNEDY BOOMER 3RD

RUTH CHIN BOOMER 4TH

JAN DRAGO BOOMER 5TH

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEXT UP
Battle of the Boomers
Men (70-74)
Orting Foothills 5K
March 4, 2017

 

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Men 70-74 – The Foothills Dash 5k

           Silver and Steel 

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by Dennis Zaborac
with photos by Bruce Fisher

3/4/17 – Orting

The twelfth race of the Boomer series took place on March 4, 2017, at the Foothills 5K in Orting. It was the last of the men’s races in the series. The five men in the 70-74 age group who stepped up to the starting line were Ed Heckard, Chris Steer, Jess Del Bosque, Bob Baugher and Arne Hales.

All of the runners were born during a tough era in US history, 1943 to 1947. The world was at war. Commodities were in short supply, and consumer goods were rationed. Precious metals were needed to build tanks and planes, so nickels were minted in silver instead of nickel, and pennies were minted in steel to save copper.

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Sugar was the first consumer good to be rationed in 1942, and that shortage lasted until 1947. To a kid, the main casualty of the war had to be that rationing of sugar. It didn’t matter to them if a penny was copper or steel. But with sugar in short supply, the demise of the penny candy was set into action.

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I don’t know how the lack of a Baby Ruth or Tootsie Roll might have affected these runners as kids, but they sure looked as tough as steel when they stepped up to the start line of the Foothills 5K. They were there to run, and to run fast. It didn’t take me long to realize that my plan, as a younger runner, to run alongside and track them throughout the race, wasn’t going to happen.

At the start of the race, all five runners took off as a group but soon broke up as Arne and Ed started to pull away.

1. ARNE HALES WINS THE 70-74 BOOMER RACE

Arne Hales

2. ED HECKARD 2ND BOOMER 70-74

Ed Heckard

 

 

Behind them, Jess was in third place followed by Chris and Bob.

At the one-mile marker, Arne and Ed continued to dominate the field and run comfortably ahead of the other three.

Chris had moved into third place around the half-mile marker and was running slightly ahead of Jess and Bob.

 

 

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Chris Steer

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Jess DelBosque

4. BOB BAUGHER 4TH BOOMER 70-74

Bob Baugher

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At that point, all I saw was the back of the five runners. I knew by then that all five of them would outrun me the entire race. Fortunately, the course was an out and back. Otherwise, the awards ceremony would have had to held with the runners facing away so I could identify them from their backs.

At the turnaround, Arne extended his lead over Ed, who likewise, increased his lead over the others. Jess continued to hang close to Chris, and Bob began to move up on the two of them.

At two miles Bob did pass Jess and set his sights on Chris.

The course, however, turned out to be just a little too short for Bob to catch him. At the finish line, Arne and Ed crossed over just as they had started; first and second. Chris edged Bob out by just 7 seconds for third, and Jess finished fifth right behind them.

Overall in their age group, the Boomers swept all of the top five spots.

They showed younger runners how sweet it could be to run in your seventies. And how, like a wartime silver nickel, or a steel penny, you can be tough and still shine in your seventies—-shine as Silver Striders.

THE FINISHERS

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Arne Hales23:09

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Ed Heckard 24:04

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Chris Steer 25:56

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Bob Bauger 26:03

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Jess Del Bosque 26:26

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6. ARNE HALES COLLECTS THE SPOILS OF VICTORY

Arne Hales – $100

7. ED HECKARD WITH 2ND PLACE WINNINGS

Ed Heckard – $50

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9. CHRIS STEER SHOWS OFF HIS 3RD PLACE BOOMER WINNINGS

Chris Steer – $40

10. BOB BARGHER WITH 4TH PLACE WINNINGS

Bob Bargher – $30

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11. JESS DEL BOSQUE WITH 5TH PLACE WINNINGS

Jess Del Bosque – $20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Women 50-54 – The Bear Run

 

by Jerry Dietrich
with photos by Bruce Fisher

 

6/11/17 – Maple Valley

The last race in the Battle of the Boomers age division competition was held in conjunction with The Bear Run 5k in Maple Valley.

A fast field headed by Super Athlete Kristen Mossman gathered at Lake Wilderness Park to determine the Women’s 50-54 Champion.

The athletes toeing the start line were: Kristen Mossman, Nichole Pitts, Anne Hobson, and Nancy Harsch. Injuries prevented the 5th and 6th invited runners from competing.

Since these speedy athletes were out of my sight seconds after the starting gun, I decided to ask for their input in describing the race.

From scanning the results and reading their reports, it seems that Kristen took the lead immediately and won the race going away. Only 55 seconds separated the three contenders. Nancy and Anne had an interesting battle for second place and Nichole was close behind.

The sportsmanship and camaraderie exhibited by these athletes made this competition a fitting prelude to the “Final” Battle Of The Boomers which will take place July 15th.

Here are the post race reports from each runner.


Kristen Mossman

Most importantly, a big thank you to Jerry from the Silver Striders for the invitation to race in the women’s 50-54 Boomer race at the Bear Run 5k on Sunday, June 11th! What an amazing day and what fun to be part of this group!

All of the Silver Striders are truly unique and booming with kindness, enthusiasm and a love for running! Each Boomer racing was not only a great runner but a pleasure to meet.

And what’s not to love when there’s prize money involved? I certainly loved the 100 $1 bills I received for winning the Boomer race! There was something for all of us after the race. Lake Wilderness Park in Maple Valley provided a great venue for the 5k.

Preparing for the challenging hills in the first half of the course was key. In addition to these hills, the course provided a variety of terrain which was great for the legs.

The race organizers and the many volunteers made this a great event. From the stuffed bears handed to children 12 and under, to the age group award bears, cow bells, and gourmet cupcakes, this race lacked nothing. Even delicious muffins at the finish were a tasty treat for all who ran. In addition, the weather was perfect.

Having so many of the Tahoma XC team members out participating in the race was awesome to see. The younger girls inspired me to finish strong.

I loved that this race was proof there is no age limit to running!
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Nancy Harsch

Photo below is after mile 2. Did not run on her shoulder… just passed her and stayed ahead the rest of the race.
Thanks for inviting me… had a fun time and nice to meet some of the other women in my age group.

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Anne Hobson

First, the communications and greetings from everyone associated with the Silver Strider group was wonderful. Details were thorough, enthusiasm was genuine.

Secondly, the race was very competitive. Kristen is an outstanding competitor, immediately taking a sizable lead which she never relinquished, finishing with an impressive 21:00 time.
She is an impressive runner.

Nancy and I remained in race contact until about 4k into the race where she began to surge in front of me.

She effectively gapped me by about 50 meters or so and kicked through the finish.

I had no kick (ask all of the Tahoma High School Cross-Country team members who sprinted by me in the final 10 meters; I have no sprint.).

Racing against these talented women really elevated the race .

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Nichole Pitts

Funny story…about what NOT to do on race day. I started out my morning a little excited and a little nervous to participate in my first elite competition. Yes, you read that right.

Believe it or not I came in as one of the top 10 athletes in the 50-54 age group! The race, Battle of the Boomers, was a race within a race at the Maple Valley Bear Run 5k.

It was the perfect morning for a race. I got there an hour early, met Jerry from the Silver Strider and Dennis the Tab Wizard.

Everyone was really friendly and helpful. I left to go get changed into my special purple Boomer shirt from Tab Wizard.

While changing I realized with heavy heart I forgot my running shoes! OMG! Who does that?

I live in Carnation so even having my husband attempt to run them down was not going to work.

I got out of my car to let the Silver Strider crew know I would have to withdraw and an angel, Kristen Mossman, saw me and said “Hey a purple shirt! We’re going to run against each other!”

I told her my dilemma and she asked what size shoe I wore…Well long story short, Kristen loaned me a pair of her brand new shoes…a bit small but hey! it was only 3 miles right?

She even joked that it would be funny if I beat her in her shoes. Well NO! She’s crazy fast and she won our age group and actually came in 3rd overall! #rockstar#generous#racedayangel
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Here they are finishing the race

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Prize Money

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next Up – The Final Battle
All Purple Shirts Competing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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