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Summer’s End 5k

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by Betty Dietrich
with photos by Bruce Fisher

 

9/15/18 – Covington

                    SILVER STRIDERS DOMINATE AT SUMMER’S END

Silver Striders turned out in force to run the Summer’s End 5k on Saturday. Of the 113 finishers, 53 were 50 years of age and older – an impressive 47%!

Keith Lerew, age 60, was 5th overall and the first Silver Strider to cross the finish line with a time of 20:16.

Close on his heels, was Kent Sizer, age 63, posting a national class time of 20:20.

Kent Sizer 63 – 20:20 National Class time

The first female Silver Strider to cross the finish line was Deanne Muller, age 51. Muller ran the course in 24:32.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Judy Fisher, recently turned 75, also posted a national class time of 25:27 on this hilly and challenging course.

Judy Fisher 75 – 25:27 National Class time

The weather on race morning was ideal – cool and cloudy.

Packet pickup was available during the week at Northwest Tri & Bike. Day of race packet pickup was well organized and held outside the gym at Kentwood High School in Covington. The gym was open and accessible before the race to runners and walkers. The high school track was a perfect place to warm up prior to the start of the race.

During the packet pickup, Jerry Dietrich from the Silver Strider online magazine, presented Kent Sizer with his Grand Prix Series finisher’s trophy for 2017-18. Kent was traveling last May and missed the awards party.

Jerry Dietrich (left) presents award to Kent Sizer (right).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The race began promptly at 10:00 at the entrance to the high school. The course made a sharp left and the field began a long, downhill stretch on a sidewalk next to a lightly trafficked road. At the bottom of the hill, runners again turned left and began a twisting route through a rural and residential neighborhood. A steep hill, just before the finish, brought runners to the final stretch of turns and back to the finish line on the track.

A team of volunteers along the course provided direction and safety for the participants.

               The course was chip timed by BuDu Racing.

Deanne and Rory Muller owners of BuDu Race Timing, ran their own event. Deanne was 1st Female Silver Strider and Rory was 1st Men 55-59.

At the finish line, there was good music, fun booths, and lots of food, including ice cream sandwiches. Because the goal of this race is to encourage a healthy lifestyle, a farmer’s market was set up generously distributing fresh fruit and vegetables to all of the participants.

A commemorative glass was given to the top 3 runners in each age group. 5 year age divisions to 80+ were recognized.

The race was also the 4th and final in the South King Challenge. All runners and walkers who finished three, or four, of the races in the South King Challenge received medals.

 

Kudos to Colleen McMeen and her crew for once again putting on an outstanding event.

This was the 12th race in the Grand Prix Series. Tiare Bailey and Molly Childs, completed their 8th race, officially becoming Series finishers. We now have 6 women finishers and 1 man.

Tiare Bailey Series Finisher

Molly Childs – Series Finisher

 

 

The Series will conclude in April 2019 so there is still plenty of time to participate and enjoy the awards and prizes. Click on “Grand Prix” on the menu bar for current            standings.

 

 

Following the race, a group of  Silver Striders gathered for a post race brunch at Nikki’s Restaurant, sharing highlights of the Summer’s End and enjoying an afternoon of camaraderie.

Nikki’s Restaurant (Photo courtesy of Steve Husko)

 

                     Here are the results in photos by Bruce Fisher

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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