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       The Kent Cornucopia Days 5k

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by Diane Martin
with photos by Bruce Fisher

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xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxKent Cornucopia 5K

Saturday, July 10th, 2021

A long anticipated real live race, Silver Striders gathered early in what can only be described as a “hug fest”. Yes, it was quite a scene at Three Friends Fishing Hole as we checked out new hairdos, beards and mustaches on familiar faces we missed for over a year.

The Kent Cornucopia 5K is also the first race of a new Silver Strider monthly challenge. A new spin on an old, but favorite, race called the Tortoise and Hare 5K handicap series. Thank you Jerry and Betty for another chance to get us off the couch and onto the trail!

Race Director, Mark Hendrickson warmly welcomed us back. He and his Kent Parks and Recreation staff were glad to be back to work after a long hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Mark explained that normally over 600 participants are expected in this annual race. However, today’s race had less than 300, partly due to competition with the Bear Run. The date Mark said could not be helped.

Since Governor Inslee lifted all restrictions, runners did not have to run in waves as originally planned. A favorite race among senior runners, the Kent Cornucopia 5K gives runners age 60+ a freebie, courtesy of Kent Bowl. Thank you Dennis! In fact, 51.8% of participants in this race were Silver Striders. Yea!

As Judy moved through the crowd stating it was time for a group picture, it was difficult to break up small groups that wanted to catch up on how we handled the isolation, heat wave and any other juicy news of the prior months. Herding cats is challenging, but photographer Flash Fisher always gets the right shots with the declaration of “If you can’t see me, I can’t see you!” Sorry Bruce, some things never change.

Gathering at the start, one could feel the energy of happy feet ready to run a non virtual! This year we ran in the opposite direction…heading north on the Green River Trail. Perfect weather gave a slight breeze with a blue sky and a comfortable temperature.

With the Green River on our left and industrial buildings on the right, we found our niche pace for this out and back race. In the distance we could see signs of things returning to normal; a crane and construction equipment and perhaps people returning to jobs.

Soon the half way turn around appeared. One could anticipate a good finish with thoughts about who came into or out of your age group. Or maybe it’s you in a new category…yikes!

Lots of cheering fans gathered at the finish to bring us in. Water, popsicles and slaps on the back greeted you after going through the finish arch.

Also an enjoyable feature is the awards portion. This year the top five finishers in each age group were announced with a plaque and a photo for each first place finisher. It always astonishes me to hear the unbelievable times from so many of our Silver Strider runners, many who outrun lots of younger folks. Good work runners!

Now onto party time next weekend. See you there!

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Jerry’s notes:
Louise Mihay’s stunning 31:46 performance placed her #1 on the all time Washington 5k runners list for Women 80-84. Louise, at age 80, shattered legendary Barbara Macklow’s long standing record of 32:40.
Also, Mark Stocklager who recently turned 80, ran the certified 5k course in 28:08 placing him #3 on the all time list for Men 80-84 (click Hall of Fame on the menu bar to view list
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Once again, elite Silver Striders flocked to Kent for this race. Seven runners (all Silver Striders) posted National Class times.

Age graded they were:
Enid Moore 61, 85.7%
Hiromi Conley 61,
83.3%
David Longmuir 73,
82.5%
Kent Sizer 65,
81.6%
Scott Harvey 70,
81.2%
Judy Fisher 77,
80.6%

This race was the first race in the Tortoise and Hare Handicapped Series. Handicapped results are listed below following Bruce Fisher’s “Results in Photos”.

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XXXXXXXXThe Handicapped Results for the Tortoise and Hare Series

Since the handicaps were outdated due to a race moratorium of 18 months, I expected scattered results. The baseline for men is 20 minutes. For women it is 25 minutes.
Perfect up to date handicapping, with everyone doing their best, would result in all men finishing in 20 minutes and all women in 25 minutes.
I was very surprised at the close times in the men’s results. The first 8 men finished within 54 seconds of each other when their handicaps were deducted. Kent Sizer was the male runner with the most accurate handicap.

XXXMEN’S RACE:
1 – Dennis Zaborac x19:06 X$50 gift certificate
2 – Jerry Dietrich x19:07
3 – Arne Hales
x19:12
4 – Robert Davies
X19:15
5 – Karl Johnson
x19:19
6 – John Marsteller
x19:23
7 – Keith Lerew
x19:43
8 – Kent Sizer
x19:59
9 – Dave Sherman
x21:02
10 – Ken Peper
x22:38
11 – Larry Larsen
x23:27
12 – Jerry Bronson
X24:01
13 – Steve Ramsdell
x24:23

XXXXXXXXXXTHE HANDICAPS WILL BE ADJUSTED FOLLOWING EACH RACE.
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXThe finishing order will change.

The women’s results were a little more like what you would expect, although 3rd and 11th were only 3 mins and 3 secs. apart.
Betty, Karen and Molly were perfectly handicapped.

XXXWOMEN’S RACE:
1 – Louise Mihay X22:14
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2 – Diane Johnson X22:55
3 – Betty Dietrich X
24:56
4 – Karen Lichtenstein
X25:00.6
5 – Molly Childs
X25:00.8
6 – Sandra Madden
X26:14
7 – Charlea Sherman
X26:25
8 – Judy Fisher
X26:57
9 – Gretchen Ramsdell
X27:15
10 – Geri White
X27:42
11 – Marsha Murray
X27:59
12 – Edythe Hulet
X29:55
13 – Nancy Larsen
X35:59
14 – Diane Martin
X39:10

XXXXXXXXXXPhotos below by Nanci Larsen

XXXXSilver Striders enjoy a delicious lunch at the Azteca Mexican Restaurant

Happy Birthday, Dave Anderson

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