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The Better Together Virtual Run  

by David M. Anderson

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx For those of us who go out in it by choice, snow in the Puget Sound area is a special treat. For me this year’s snowstorm was a chance for a challenging and fun variation on racing, since it arrived just in time for the Better Together virtual half marathon.

I already knew it was going to be a challenge on my warm-up jog to the Eastrail in Bellevue. It is up and down a couple of hills, but I’m quite used to that.

This time, blazing a nearly fresh trail took some effort, even at a slow pace. Once I reached the trail, which is quite flat, I started my race, heading north. I had to judge the pace entirely by feel, as if I were on a technical trail. The Eastrail is normally not that at all; it’s essentially a flat gravel road.

It soon became the Cross Kirkland Corridor, offered a brief view of Lake Washington and Seattle faintly through the falling snow, ran through the Google campus, and crossed some very quiet streets. Snow was packed down a bit on much of the trail by previous pedestrians, skiers, and snowshoers, but there was plenty of high-stepping and stabilizing.

By the turn-around point, I was getting tired, and by the end my legs were quite spent, so I knew that I had run an honest race.

On the jog home I was reduced to walking up every incline. How much did the snow slow me down? The week before I had run the Elwha River Bridge virtual half in 1:45:12, a good time by my standards. When I stopped my watch at the end of the Better Together run, it showed 2:16:02.

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Jerry’s notes: Melanie Hingston did the Better Together 5k in snowshoes. She is the first Silver Strider to run a Derby or Grand Prix race in snowshoes. Way to go Melanie! I’ll bet she had shin splints the next day.

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Better Together Results:

MEN

Men 5k

M55-59

Allen Walker          30:48

M60-64

Ken Peper                23:12

Karl Johnson          28:26

Brett Langlois        40:08

M65-69

Steve Husko            26:55

M75-79

Steve Ramsdell      41:40

Bob Davies               44:29

M80-84

Larry Larsen            54:29

M85-89

Jerry Dietrich          44:57

Men 10k

M70-74

Ray Arrington       1:25:31

Men Half

M65-69

Dave Sherman      1:50:28

Ed Barney                1:59:47

David Anderson   2:16:02

M70-74

Nick Bailey              2:45:49

M75-79

Arne Hales              2:25:38

M80-84

Jim Dollar                5:31:22

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WOMEN

Women 5k

W55-59

Cherie Langlois         44:54

Linda Walker              59:11

W65-69

Charlea Sherman       31:42

Patty Husko                 48:08

Melanie Hingston     75:26 (in snow shoes)

W70-74

Nanci Larsen               34:46

Karen Lichtenstein  31:11

W75-79

Gretchen Ramsdell  42:39

Diane Johnson            49:54

Betty Dietrich             60:49

W80-84

LouiseMihay                35:03

Molly Childs                 62:14

Women 10k

W60-64

Tiare Bailey                  1:08:21

Audrey Kirkwood       2:00:20

W65-69

Marsha Murray          1:42:02

W80-84

Edythe Hulet                1:45:57

Women Half

W70-74

Diane Martin                3:38:47

W75-79

Judy Fisher                    2:13:09

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