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My Better Half 5k

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    7210 Greenlake Dr N, Seattle, WA
   16095 Cleveland St., Redmond, WA


…………………      MY BETTER HALF 5k


by Judy Fisher
with photos by Bruce Fisher


Noses were red,
Digits were blue,
Running in Winter,
It’s what we do.

It is that time of year when our minds turn to hearts and flowers. Add Valentine races for the runners among us. All runners may not wear their hearts on their sleeves, but we did wear our bibs on our shirts for this holiday endeavor. The Silver Strider race was My Better Half Marathon (except it was for the 5K) at Seward Park (except the route was altered to run along Lake Washington outside the park) on the Sunday before Valentine’s Day (not really, the date was postponed to the Sunday after the holiday). Porter Bratten, Orca’s Race Director, flawlessly put it all together. Neither rain, snow, sleet nor hail could stop this race from happening! And happen it did.

Frontrunners among the almost 180 5K participants (over 25% were Silver Striders) charged out of the start due to their desire to find warmth in the 34 degree air (or maybe they just had Cupid’s wings on that day).

Since the original route of the 5K was changed due to danger of falling trees in the saturated soil, runners were directed out of the park. Caution was heeded while running the uneven sidewalks. Directing about 460 5K, 10K and half marathon runners onto the narrow course necessitated wave starts. Between the three race distances held that morning, Porter read “Dad” jokes (real groaners!). Sidewalks thankfully were clear of snow, with only one slick spot.

Participants ran past signs with runners’ love messages leading into the Tunnel Of Love, an open-ended tent strewn with rose petals, with volunteers offering water, sweets and encouragement – a creative diversion! Crowding on the return on the out-and-back course was not an issue, since the runners were polite, as instructed by Porter, and start times were staggered.

Computers were provided at the finish to find the race results (always appreciated). Unique wooden awards were immediately presented. Finisher medals were presented to all, consisting of half a heart with a window to insert a picture, which could be taken (free) at the photo both on site. If a twosome ran the half, the two halves could be connected together by magnets.

The First Male Silver Strider designation went to Ken Peper, age 59, at 23:21. The First Female Silver Strider was Judy Fisher, age 75, at 26:40.

Quarter zip long-sleeved hoody shirts were given out to all registrants. And what a Finish Area delight! Hot oatmeal awaited, along with all the fixings! Donut holes! Candy! Fruit! Hot chocolate! Oh my! All to be enjoyed in the comfort of a large heated tent! With chairs and tables no less!

Communication was excellent. Updates were posted online, a necessity since the snowfall caused disruptions/changes/cancellations in many races in our area. A deferral/refund policy was offered to those runners who could not race in the newly-scheduled time slot. A small portion of the entry fees went to Rebuilding Seattle Together, a non-profit.

Once again, Race Director Porter and his team are to be commended. Orca Running continues to impress. This definitely was a fun run, with emphasis on the fun. Cold hands and warm hearts were evident at this edition of the My Better Half 5K.


……………………………..The race in photos by Bruce Fisher


……………….Silver Striders enjoy breakfast at the Blue Water Bistro




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