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The Bill Burby 5k

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                          The Bill Burby 5k



by Jerry Dietrich
with photos by Bruce Fisher


7/21 – Vashon Island

Do you like hills? If so, you will love the Bill Burby 5k. It is hilly from beginning to end. You are either going up or down the whole way. Why did I like this  course? I can’t give a specific reason. It seemed like everyone I talked to afterward liked it.

Maybe it’s because the race is different. If you decide to do the Burby, you need to rise early in the morning and drive to the Point Defiance Ferry, the Southworth Ferry, or the Fauntleroy Ferry. Arriving on the island, you still are miles from the race site.

Once nearing the start area, parking is haphazard along the unpaved shoulders of the nearby streets. Arriving early helps in getting a spot near the start.

Local families were out in force to jog or walk “The Burby”.

Everyone was dressed with warm weather in mind. About 90% were wearing shorts with a few women wearing three quarter length tights. The short sleeved Bill Burby race shirt was most popular, with singlets and Grand Prix Series shirts enjoying secondary status. Hats and visors were worn by many.

I met Mary Margaret Briggs, the Silver Strider Coordinator,  and Andy Sears, the Race Director. Both were delighted to have their race included in the Grand Prix Series.The race was chip timed by BuDu Race timing.

Andy Sears, Bill Burby 5k Race Director


The race began smoothly with the field stringing out quickly. We ran for about two blocks, at which time we left the main street and turned left. Spectators disappeared as we began a long downhill section.

After a quarter mile or so, I began to feel like I went back in time to the 80’s. The area had a rural feel with homes far apart, and no sidewalks or traffic. Finally, after almost a half mile of curving downhill, we saw two men in bright vests directing us to a 90 degree right turn. The remainder of the course to the turnaround was rolling terrain. As we continued along the course, there was no traffic or signs of life. I expected a barking dog or some sign of animals, but there was only peace and quiet.

There was a water station at the turnaround and I joined others who dumped water over their heads in the heat.

On the return trip most runners switched back and forth from one side of the road to the other, seeking the shady side which changed with each turn.

After a long, return climb to reach the three mile mark, we made the final turn to see the finish line.

After finishing, the immediate area was filled with excitement as runners shared their experience on this challenging course.

The awards ceremony was held promptly and medals were given to the top three, in ten year age groups, to age 80 plus. While Silver Striders were happy to see the awards reach the 80 plus division, there was disappointment in the 10 year age grouping.

Most of the Grand Prix players who ran this race garnered maximum points because of a light turnout among those over 50. Seven age groups had no Grand Prix players participating. A lost opportunity for Grand Prix points for those absent. The notable exception was the men’s and women’s 75-79 age group, which is experiencing fierce competition this year.


               The Results in Photos by Bruce Fisher

The Bucklin running tradition continues


After the awards were presented, some of the Silver Striders braved the crowds along the Strawberry Festival parade route to convene at Sporty’s Restaurant for brunch.










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