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Record Turnout at FSRC Resolution 5k

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                     The Resolution Run 5k

 

 

by Karen Lichtenstein
with photos by Bruce Fisher

 

1/5/19 – Lakewood

The Resolution Run 5k in Lakewood was an excellent race. We were lucky because it did not rain. The race director, Darrin Hatcher, did an outstanding job organizing and conducting the race. When the line for registration and packet pick up grew confusing, he moved to the end of the line and directed people to the correct location.

Darrin Hatcher

The race courses for the 5k and 5 mile are well designed and both are USATF Certified.

There were 271 runners and walkers in the races. Amazingly, 51% of the participants were Silver Striders.

We started the race on the high school track, then we climbed a short, steep uphill to the parking lot. I ran on my toes going uphill because it seems to help.

After running around the parking lot, we turned right and ran on the sidewalk along Steilacoom Blvd. We cut through another parking lot and turned right onto a scenic trail heading toward Steilacoom.

We turned right on Lexington, and there were helpful volunteers sending the 5 mile runners to the left side of the road and the 5k runners to the right. We reached the turnaround and headed back.

Out and back courses are fun because you get to see all the Silver Strider runners ahead of you and behind you. I saw Judy Fisher and Donna Jackson ahead of me as usual.

There was not much traffic so a few runners were on the shoulder of the road. Most of us stayed on the safe, asphalt trail beside the road. We eventually reached the wonderful downhill to the high school track, and we raced to the finish line.

Gary Petro was the first male Silver Strider finishing in 18:37. Igor Velichko was right behind him finishing in 18:41. Of the top 20 finishers in the 5k, 9 were Silver Strider men. The first female Silver Strider was Larissa Ushiyama finishing in 24:58. Of the top 20 female finishers, 8 were Silver Striders. Silver Striders are older, faster and stronger as time goes by.

The Resolution Run food and facilities were ideal. There were sliced oranges, bananas, muffins, bagels with cream cheese, hot chocolate, and coffee. The high school locker rooms and showers were available after the race. Very few races provide that level of support.

One final note: the official chip times are posted on the race website. The day of race printed stickers only had the clock time results.

Editor’s note: This race was the 21st in the 2018-19 Series, and at the same time, it was the first race in the 2019 Series. Participating runners and walkers received points in both Series by finishing this event. Three of the finishers, Keith Lerew, Allen Walker, and Susan Hall, completed their 8th race in the 2018-19 Series.

Keith Lerew  2018-19 finisher

Allen Walker  2018-19 finisher

Susan Hall  2018-19 finisher

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Gary Petro vs Igor Velichko duel for 1st Silver Strider, yielded national class times for both runners. Gary edged Igor by 5 seconds 18:37 to 18:42. Fast times on a not so fast course. Igor 54, edged Gary 52, in age grading 81.4 to 80.5. Also posting National Class times were Judy Fisher 75, 25:47 (88.0), and David Crawford 68, 21:16 (80.6).

 

                         Race Results in photos by Bruce Fisher












Nancy Larsen wearing her Silver Strider visor, shares a laugh with Marsha Murray, and Ray Arrington

Silver Striders enjoy a post race brunch at Bur’s Restaurant (Steve Husko photo)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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