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Sizer Sizzles At Summer’s End 5k

 

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Kent Sizer

Igor Velichko

 At the Summer’s End 5k, the dynamic duo of Kent Sizer, age 64, and Igor Velichko, 55  finished first and second overall, leaving younger runners in their wake.
At the finish it was Kent Sizer who was victorious by a scant 9 seconds. Kent became the oldest male Silver Strider to win a Grand Prix Series race.

 

                             THE SUMMER’S END 5k

 

 

by Audrey Kirkwood
with photos by Bruce Fisher

9/21/19 – Covington

The weather cooperated with great running temperatures for a comfortable run. Those who planned on running the next Strider race were anticipating a total drenching for the Orca half marathon to be held the day after the summer run!

The course was new this year with a new start area. I personally got lost a little bit but not for too long and made it for the group photo. It’s always hard to escape Flash Fisher.

 

Most of the runners that I chatted with after the race seemed to like the new course much better than the steep downhill of the previous course.  It had just the right amount of hills and ran through nice peaceful neighborhoods. I personally enjoyed the last part of the course that brought everyone off the streets and onto a short trail segment, followed by a short grassy slope. Almost made it feel a little like cross country.

The race has been going on for 12 years with three out of the four original people running the race. Their goal and dreams help with Multi Care’s mission of partnering for a healing and healthy future. Extra proceeds from the races in the past have gone to support nutrition education for school age children. They target the needs of South King County communities to support and promote health and well-being.

165 people ran the 5K with 60% women 40% men. An awesome 45% of the total runners were Silver Striders. Our own Striders, Kent Sizer and Igor Velichko, came in 1-2 overall.

 

All the runners were able to select a few products from the mini farmer market. They had a variety of snacks, water, and coffee for all to enjoy after the race. A few other vendors were at the event to visit and chat with all of us regarding healthy choices and community goodwill.

 

 

This race was also the last in the series of the South King Challenge. Runners who participated in 3 out of 4 selected races were recognized with a nice medal. 3 of the races were Strider events. (Bear Run, Kent Cornucopia, and the CHC Summer’s End Run). There was a random drawing for participants who completed at least 3 races. Our own Karen Lichtenstein was the proud recipient of the prize, a Fit Bit Versa Lite.

After the race, there was a brunch at Nikki’s restaurant in Covington. Jerry had the honor of announcing exciting news for a fellow Strider, John Philips. John recently proposed to his girlfriend Holly Guentz. She said yes of course! Warm, heart filled congratulations to the happy couple!

Steve Husko photo

The newly engaged couple, John Phillips and Holly Guentz.

                                 Happy and healthy running/walking to all!

 

                                      Jerry’s Notes:

Audrey Kirkwood

John Marsteller

 

Congratulations to Audrey Kirkwood and John Marsteller for finishing their 8th Grand Prix Series. They became the newest Series finishers for 2019!

 

 

 

                    Results in Photos by Bruce Fisher


Race officials Coleen McMeen (left) and Rachel Viscar.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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