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by Ed Heckard
with photos by Bruce Fisher


10/29/17 – Seattle

The 9th Annual Run Scared 5K & 10K was held in Seattle’s Seward Park on Sunday, October 29. The 5K was listed on Bruce Fisher’s Silver Strider Race Calendar as a Grand Prix Series Run. Consequently 104 Silver Striders made a spooky appearance.

As the name implies, the run was an early celebration of Halloween & was costume themed. Many runners of all ages came dressed in costumes.

A multitude of runners showed up as Bigfoot, a werewolf, Wonder Woman, Superman, a jar of peanut butter and a jar of jelly, bumble bee, angel, a shirtless Vladimir Putin, all things imagined and even unimagined. Furry friends also got in the act as many dogs were decked out as well.

The primary theme was ‘The Presidential Race’ (come dressed as your favorite president or presidential moment).

The winner!

Run Scared is an appropriate name for a race as far as Striders are concerned. Many of us run scared practically every time we head out the door for a training run. We never know when a knee, hip, foot or ankle is going to act up again. Fact be told, we could tell horror stories of just hobbling downstairs to retrieve the morning’s 1st cup of coffee.

Run for Good Racing Company organized the (2) runs. They benefited the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Race Director, Ilana Balint, and volunteers did a terrific job of planning details to assure a smooth, enjoyable racing experience.

Ah, but we digress. Let’s get to the meat and potatoes of the morning. Important to many Striders on race day, besides checking that body parts are functioning at an acceptable level, is weather conditions.



Had to give the day a 10! Early morning fog gave way to crisp, calm, clear conditions by race time. Over 500 runners toed the starting lines for the (2) races. The 9:30 A.M. 10K run had only 71 entries. However the 5K going off 30 minutes later, had 434 registered. 15 minutes prior to the 5K start, the obligatory Strider photo was taken near the starting line.

The 5K course was traffic free and although at least the first mile was within the wooded park, a majority of the course was along the shores of Lake Washington. Runners were warned at the starting line of two hills that were close together within the first 3/4 mile of the paved course. After the second hill, there was a downhill and then a couple miles of mostly flat sailing to the finish.

At the finish line, all runners received a small round neon yellow colored flashing safety light. After the race, runners were treated to music, pumpkin bread, energy bars, cookies, a candy corn tasting bar, assorted flavored water drinks, and even a free massage.

……. 1st Silver Strider     …..Rick Spoonemore

1st Female Silver Strider .Sandy Madden

1st Place age group winners received an inscribed 8” high, clear glass bottle with a purple hard rubber grip, cap and base. Age groups were broken into 5 year increments up to 80+. Strider runners taking home the glass were (beginning at 50-54): (WOMEN) Laureen Kuniyoshi, Marla Roberts,  Tiare Bailey, Sandy Madden, Karen Lichtenstein, Louis Mihay, and Edythe Hulet. (MEN) Rick Spoonemore, John Musser, Ron Chew, Timothy Oguri, Ed Heckard, Jerry Bronson, and Jerry Dietrich.

Race Results can be found at: 2017 Run Scared 5K (On home page scroll down a little and you will see the 2017 race results button).

If every Strider Grand Prix Race included a “Best Performance Award”, Run Scared would have had a runaway winner in Karen Lichtenstein. Karen won her age group, edging Judy Fisher by (1) second. A special day for Karen!

Can you believe 3 of these awesome athletes are in their 60’s and 6 are in their 70’s?


Results in Photos by Bruce Fisher



After the awards, the Silver Striders met for lunch at Blu Water Bistro in Leschi. After lunch, the group helped Karen, along with Patty Husko, celebrate their birthdays by breaking out some delicious cupcakes. Wow…the morning turned out quite delightful, nowhere near as frightening as imagined!

Photo by Ed Heckard


Congratulations to Grand Prix Series 2017-18 finishers Dennis Zaborac, Betty Dietrich and Huong Delabar (not shown)






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