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Silver Striders Obliterate Competition at Summer’s End 5k

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       Summer’s End 5k 

 

 

by Jerry Dietrich
with photos by Bruce Fisher

9/16/17 – Covington

On a calm morning in Covington, the Silver Strider men struck with the fury of a category 5 hurricane. The time was 10:00 am and the occasion was the Summer’s End 5k. Younger runners received no warnings of what was descending on them.

Obliterating all competition in their path, the Silver Strider men, led by Igor Velichko, took nine of the first 10 men’s spots overall. Igor, age 53, tamed the twisting, hilly course in 19 minutes flat.

 

                         Hurricane photos

Hurricane IGOR (1st)

Hurricane MITCH (2nd)

Hurricane BRIG (3rd)

Hurricane KENT (4th)

Hurricane DAVE (5th)

Hurricane ALLEN (7th)

Hurricane JOHN (8th)

Hurricane PHIL (9th)

Hurricane ARNE (10th)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not to be ignored, the Silver Strider women led by Lorrie McMahon, took 5 of the first 7 spots overall in the women’s competition.

Lorrie McMahon – 1st Female Silver Strider, 3rd O/A

Sandra Madden, age 66, 4th Woman O/A

L. Hoste, age 52, 5th Woman O/A

Judy Fisher, age 74, 6th Woman O/A

Linda Studley, age 67, 7th Woman O/A

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once again, runners and walkers over 50 demonstrated that silver years can be prime years if you are motivated to pursue a fitness program. Several of these top overall finishers are in their 60’s and 70’s.

Over 46% of all finishers were over 50 years of age.

When the results were age graded, three Silver Striders posted National Class times despite the slow course. They were, Judy Fisher (72) 82%, Kent Sizer (62) 80.2% and Mitch Parker (56) 80%.

 

The race was the 12th race in the Tab Wizard’s Grand Prix Series. There are 28 races in the series and participants need to complete 8 of the scheduled events to share in the jackpot of trophies and prizes.

Group photo of the So. King County Challenge. These runners received medals for completing three,or all four of the Challenge races

The race was also the 4th and final in the South King Series. All runners and walkers who finished three, or all four, of the races in the King Series received medals. Those who received medals were well on their way toward finishing the Grand Prix Series as well needing only five or less of the remaining 18 races to win prizes. Click on “Grand Prix” on the menu bar for current standings.

Proceeds from this event help support healthy community activities and nutrition and health education. In keeping with this goal, a Farmer’s Market was held following the race with fresh fruit and vegetables given to the participants.

Booths lined the finish area offering information and gifts to encourage a healthy llifestyle.  Many prize drawings were donated by local merchants. Dave Anderson won a large shopping bag filled with items from Trader Joe’s.  Edythe Hulet was the lucky winner of a free pair of shoes from RoadRunner Sports.

Our thanks to Colleen McMeen and her team for another outstanding and well organized race.

At this early date we already have 10 Grand Prix Series finishers counting the latest two at Covington. Completing their 8th race were Sandra Madden and Ray Arrington.

Sandra Madden – Grand Prix Series finisher

Ray Arrington – Grand Prix Series finisher

Edythe Hulet – Entering a new age group

Making her Series debut in the 80-84 age group was Edythe Hulet. This was Edythe’s first race in the current series and she plans to do at least 7 of the remaining 18 races to win her new age division.

Dennis Zaborac (white shirt) congratulates winners from left to right: Steve Ramsdell, Gretchen Ramsdell, Kent Sizer, Sandra Madden, and Nanci Larsen.

Men in Black

What is she doing to you Larry?

Linda Studley and Judy Fisher share a smile.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       Results in photos by Bruce Fisher

Unfortunately, the race was gun timed, which meant that the actual elapsed time or chip time was unavailable. Finishing positions may be inaccurate in some rare instances for those starting in the back of the pack. Grand Prix points are based on gun time results for this race.

 

New Silver Strider – Deanna Muller of Budu Race timing

 

Note: Budu Racing was the timing company. To view a video of all finishers, go to www.buduracing.com
Then click on results, then on Summers End 5k. Click on the word video under Igor’s time and watch all the finishers cross the line. Ignore the time clock as it pertained to the 10k race which started earlier.

 

 

 

 

 

Silver Striders met at Nikki’s Restaurant for brunch after the race. Here are some photos taken by Tiare Bailey

Dave and Charlea Sherman

Dennis Zaborac and Sandy Madden

Nancy and Larry Larsen

RayArrington

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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