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      BRIDGING THE DIVIDE AT THE RAILROAD BRIDGE ON THE FOOTHILLS TRAIL IN ORTING

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by Judy Fisher

I was looking forward to a new running venue in Sequim on the Olympic Peninsula. But oh my, in this time of COVID, running on my own made more sense, even though Bruce and I are both fully vaccinated. The older I get, the more cautious I have become when it concerns our health (the real reason is that choosing my own route is more convenient and maybe less gas!).

So here I go again, for the umpteenth time on the Foothills Trail, running from the Puyallup Trailhead almost to Orting and return for the virtual Railroad Bridge Half Marathon.

I love this trail! It’s a paved, non-motorized historic rail-trail from Puyallup to South Prairie, a distance of 15 miles, and beyond to Buckley. In 1877 this was a railway from Tacoma to the coalfields around Wilkeson. The route ceased to be used in 1982 and two years later, work began to create the Foothills Trail along this same route. It is a beautiful, relatively flat, safe (so far) trail that is often used by walkers, cyclists and runners.

This venue is ideal for a virtual out-and-back marathon, which I hope to run for the NODM.

Along part of the trail runs the Carbon River, milky-white from a melting glacier on Mount Rainier.

Large warning signs are posted in case of a sudden violent mud flow (an incentive to run fast!). There are gorgeous views of the mountain along the way.

I virtually ran the Elwha Bridge Half back in February, offered by the same folks who manage the Railroad Bridge races and the NODM, all of which are part of the Run the Peninsula series. I received the bling for both bridge races in the same mailed package in January, which consisted of scenic race bib numbers, finishers’ medals, no-tie shoelaces and a RTB race belt. Also included were the virtual race instructions. The race offered a choice of distances: on-site 5K or 10K and a virtual 5K, 10K or Half Marathon. The actual race takes place on the Olympic Discovery Trail, another rails-to-trail historic route. This is the 8th of 10 races on the Silver Strider Distance Derby Schedule.

It was lonely at the starting line for my virtual half. This was also the start of the Foothills Dash held the previous weekend. The McMillin Bridge is on the trail, which was my substitute for Sequim’s Railroad Bridge. Orting favors its daffodils as evidenced by its Welcome sign, whereas Sequim is known for its lavender.


Soon we will all be racing together again. Until then, consider bridging the gap with virtual races – no crowded start line, no early morning alarms, and you will be first across the finish line!

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Jerry’s notes:

We had additional Distance Derby finishers this week. Check Derby Standings for current finishers.

I received the following note from Arne Hales (lucky guy!)

We are on an 18 day road trip.  Ran the Foothills Dash Half in Salt Lake, and now the Railroad Bridge Half in Monterey Bay area.  Weather today was perfect. My early start resulted in very few people on the trail.  That is until I came back. By noon there were more walkers, bikers and a few runners.The photo of me is at the beginning at Lover’s Point Park.  California is doing well regarding the cases of Covid.  Monterey County appears to have a $100 fine for not wearing a face mask.


The Derby has three levels of achievement:
Blue Ribbon – 100-105 stars
Red Ribbon – 80-90 stars
Green Ribbon – 60-70 stars

Railroad Bridge Results:

MEN

Men 5k 

M55-59

Allen Walker   36:29  (F)            

M60-64

Ken Peper   24:42  (F)

Karl Johnson   26:04  (F)

M65-69

Steve Husko   28:17  (F)              

M75-79

Bob Davies   38:02  (F)

Steve Ramsdell  47:31  (F)                                           

M80-84

Larry Larsen  52:38  (F)                          

M85-89

Jerry Dietrich   50:56  (F)          

Men 10k

M70-74

Nick Bailey   1:09:58  (F)

Ray Arrington 1:26:52 (F)

Men Half

M65-69 

David Anderson   1:40:31  (F)

Dave Sherman   1:53:06  (F)

M75-79

Arne Hales   2:31:37  (F) 

M80-84

Jim Dollar 5:02:00 (F)          

                       

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WOMEN

Women 5k

W55-59 

Linda Walker 47:56 (F)                  

W65-69

Charlea Sherman   29:49  (F)            

Patty Husko  49:54  (F)                            

W70-74

Karen Lichtenstein   30:42  (F)

Diane Martin 43:45 (F)

W75-79

Gretchen Ramsdell  43:02  (F)    

Betty Dietrich   62:53  (F)

W80-84

Louise Mihay (F)        

Women 10k 

W60-64

Tiare Bailey   64:54  (F)

W65-69

Marsha Murray   1:30:41  (F)

W70-74 

Nanci Larsen   1:12:25  (F)    

W80-84

Edythe Hulet   1:49:13  (F)                  

Women Half

W75-79

Judy Fisher   2:13:48  (F) 


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