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                   The Run-a-Muk 5k



By Jerry Dietrich
with photos by Bruce Fisher


8/25/18 – Mukiltio

Arriving at the race site at 7:00 am, I found there was plenty of parking spaces on the street just steps from the staging area. My concerns about parking were unfounded.

The staging area was a spacious, perfectly set up plaza, at the community center. There were canopies for packet pick up, day of race registration, a few vendors, and music. Restrooms were conveniently located inside the community center building.

The start line was on the street next to the plaza and the finish was set up right in the plaza.

The weather was cool and overcast, with no wind. Perfect for racing.

Before the gun, the race starter announced that extreme caution should be taken on the steep downhill following the first turn.

The race began on time with minimal congestion. The street was slightly downhill for a block and then the course made a left turn onto the dangerous downhill we were warned about. Some runners began walking, while some jogged with tiny steps to stay in control. Thankfully the downhill was only about a half block long. It had taken us to a fairly flat stretch along the water.

After a half mile or so we turned from the water and began a long gradual climb that lasted about a half mile. Then it was rolling terrain to the turnaround.

On the return, runners enjoyed the long gradual downhill section. Upon reaching the turn toward the water, runners were relieved to see the course was not following the same route as we took going out.

We continued on toward the finish with a few up and downs. After a final short climb, we turned into the small parking lot adjoining the plaza. There was a 3 mile marker with the finish line about 75 yards away. Basically the finish was uphill and the course was short. It measured about 3 miles by the Garmins I surveyed.

The finisher medals were very nice. They were presented to the runners as they crossed the finish line. The results and certificates to age division winners were promptly available.

Steve and Gretchen Ramsdell wearing their finisher medals

The first Silver Strider to finish was Steve Bertrand age 63, in 20:15.













The first female Silver Strider to finish was Donna Beard age 54, in 24:48

Judy Fisher entered a new age group on race day. She turned 75 and celebrated by taming the hilly course in a world class  time of 25:09.

Judy Fisher





















The 80-84 age group winners performed well with a 40:50 by Myron Phillips, age 82, and Gail Everett, also age 82, finishing in 42:26.

Myron Phillips

Gail Everett


















Overall, the race director, Sarah Maxwell, did an excellent job.

The Silver Strider turnout for the 5k was very good. It was a Grand Prix Series event. Silver Striders comprised 40% of the field. The average over 50 turnout for road races is 17%.


               Results in photos by Bruce Fisher



After the awards ceremony, Silver Striders gathered for brunch at the Red Cup Cafe to celebrate birthdays for Judy Fisher and Charlea Sherman. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Charlea Sherman (left) and Judy Fisher display birthday cupcakes.

Gail Everett, Judy Fisher, and Charlea Sherman, age group winners.










       The Mukeltio Lighthouse








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