The Silver Strider magazine’s highest honor is “Silver Strider of the Year”. We have given this award to the Silver Strider who personifies sportsmanship, inspiration, camaraderie, and willingness to serve others. Participation in Silver Strider programs is not a requirement, but is certainly a consideration. This recognition began in 2015 and has continued each year.
This award can only be attained one time. Here are the honorees.
The Silver Strider 5k State Championship offers the top runners in each age group, in the State of Washington, a chance to compete head to head, on the same course, under the same conditions. The Silver Strider Championship race for 2020 was canceled. It is hoped to be resumed in 2021.
This category was originally titled “Runner of the Year”. Our first winners of Runner Of The Year honors in 2013 were Judy Fisher and Bill Iffrig. Both posted world class times at all distances. In 2014 the winners were Judy Fisher and Joe Sheeran. Again in 2015, Judy and Joe won again. At this point we realized that Judy Fisher and Joe Sheeran were going to win every year. We felt we should widen the award to include more top runners. We decided to replace Runner of the Year with the Super Athlete award. We also decided to abandon plaques in favor of a more unique award, the Super Athlete Ring. To gain Super Athlete status and a ring, athletes must be ranked in the TOP IO at all four distances at the end of the year.
Should you retire at 80? Here are Washington runners who answered “No”.
Washington’s All Time TOP IO Silver Striders 5k Distance on a Certified Course Excluded: Independence Day Race excluded (Downhill) Washington State Sr. Games (Integrity Issues)
All time WA 5k Top 10 for Men 80-84
1. Bill Iffrig Fremont 5k 24:25 2. Bart Haggin Spokane 27:55 3. Richard Olafson Kent 5k 28:21 4. Rudy Gahler Tesoro 5k 28:40 5. Keith Wood FSRC Reso 5k 28:54 6. Peter Marshall Fowl Run 29:12 7. Jerry Dietrich Duvall 5k 29:48 8. George Murray Bank to Bay 29:58 9. Dallas Wylie Fowl Run 31:07 10.Larry Glenn Cornucopia 5k 32:58
All time WA 5k Top 10 for Men 85-89
1. Rudy Gahler Tesoro 5k 29:44 2. Keith Wood Fall City 31:54 3. Alberto Perez 35:24 4. George Murray Xmas Rush 38:26 5. Jerry Dietrich Art Dash 5k 40:50 6. Lester Bradford Fowl Run 44:52 7. Al Rousseau 45:38 8. Herman Diers 52:24 9. John Bodach Whidby 5k 52:38 10. Richard Prince CNW Reso 62:24
All time WA 5k Top IO for Men 90-94
1. Rudy Gahler Art Dash 5k 46:32 2. Roman King 49:40 3. John Cahill 50:51 4. Simy Magaway FSRC Reso 53:46 5. George Murray Kent 5k 53:51 6. Herman Diers Tac Turkey 58:40
Congratulations to Rudy Gahler and George Murray for making all three lists. Will we be adding a 95-99 list in the future? Breaking 30 minutes is a big deal for an 80 year old. Historically only 8 men have.
Rudy Gahler is the only 85 year old runner to break 30 minutes. Even more incredible is his 46:32 at age 90.
We must acknowledge an unbelievable performance not mentioned on this list. That would be Keith Wood’s amazing marathon in 4:15:09 at age 80
All time WA 5k Top 10 for Women 80-84
1. Sue Stipe Cornucopia 5k 34:06 2. Barbara Macklow Tesoro 35:41 3. Sally Krie Christmas Rush 40:25 4. Gail Everett 43:31 5. Molly Childs NODM 43:37 6. Luellen Chareski Reindeer 43:46 7. Ann Peacock 45:22 8. Edythe Hulet 45:25 9. Chloe Parr 46:29 10. Jean Green 46:41
Historically, The Battle Of The Boomers was the most popular Silver Strider event among top athletes over 50. This was probably due to the generous prize money and the prestige of being recognized as a top athlete. The top six ranked runners in each age group were invited to participate in this competition which spanned three years.
The brainchild of Dennis Zaborac, the race sponsor, the Boomer Races were an immediate success. Each age group battle was incorporated into a popular existing race over a period of two years. The “Final Battle” included all previous entrants who competed on an age graded basis.
One year later the competitors returned for the “Final Battle Part 2”.
TxxxxThe Final Results Of The Battle of the Boomers – Part II
July 14, 2018 – Kent, WA
After three years of competition, Jane Treleven, age 69, has emerged as the Battle of the Boomers Champion.
Her World Class age graded score of 92.7 was by far the dominate performance of the Series.
Here are the results showing the winners. The performances were amazing. The age group winners crowned State Champions at the Cornucopia 5k were true champions of their age divisions. An in depth Race Report will follow in a few days complete with photos by Flash Fisher.
The Battle of the Boomers series was the created and funded by Dennis Zaborac, a true patron of the running world.
Boomers Final Battle Part II Winners on July 14, 2018
XXX XXX Here is tHere is the final wrap-up for the Battle of the Boomers 2015-18
The total prize money won In all Boomer Races was as follows:
1. Jane Treleven$700 2. Joe Sheeran $500 3. Carol Sexton $340 4. Louise Mihay $310 5. Pat Warner $200 5. Mark Billett $200 5. John OHearn $200 8. Ed Heckard $150 9. Dave Sherman $130 10. Keith Lerew $120 11. Judy Fisher $100 11. Regina Joyce $100 11. David Crawford $100 11. Chloe Parr $100 11. Kristen Mossman $100 11. Richard Olafson $100 11. Arne Hales $100 11. Bryan Sepal $100 11. Barb Bumann $100 11. Larry Glenn $100 22. Jerry Dietrich $80 23. William Waters $70 24. 13 Runners $50 25. 11 Runners $40 26. 10 Runners $30 27. 9 Runners $20 28. 7 Runners $10 _________ Total Prize Money $5,640
Top Battle of the Boomers performances age graded
Red = WORLD CLASS Blue = NATIONAL CLASS
Jane Treleven 92.70 Joe Sheeran 90.57 Pat Warner 89.83 Judy Fisher 89.57 Mark Billett 87.58 Carol Sexton 86.70 Gail Hall 86.17 Regina Joyce 85.38 David White-Espin 85.23 Lisa Knoblich 84.90 David Longmuir 83.85 John OHearn 83.80 Carol Grisso 83.63 Kristen Mossman 83.52 David Crawford 82.83 Donna Jackson 82.34 Becky Backstrom 82.31 Kent Sizer 81.06 Denis Villeneuve 80.60 Doug Beyerlein 80.04
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Carol Sexton receives 2nd place Championship trophy and Most Improved trophy from Dennis Zaborac