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                   The Christmas Rush 




by Jerry Dietrich
with photos by Bruce Fisher


12/9/17 – Kent

The Silver Strider turnout for this event each year is very strong. This race offers a 5k, which is part of the Grand Prix Series, and a 10k, for those wanting an early start on the TOP IO rankings.

The Silver Strider turnout for the 5k was over 31% of the field. The Silver Strider turnout for the 10k was 35%. Four hundred and eight Silver Striders (in both distances) made the Christmas Rush our largest turnout of the year.

The race was rain free. The temperature at the start was a nippy 32 degrees. Runners and walkers were warmly dressed with a few exceptions. Both courses were flat, certified, and generally considered fast.

The race was well organized and the start went off in two parts. The smaller field in the 10k started at 9:50 and the 5k started at 10:00. A straightaway start gave the runners a chance to spread out before the first turn. Just before the one mile mark, runners crossed the bridge and then made a sharp right turn onto the bike path.

Mark Hendrickson


There was some congestion with over 1200 runners and walkers on the bike path at the same time. However, the congestion was greatly improved this year. Race director, Mark Hendrickson, arranged to have construction cones placed all along the 2-way portion of the course. This kept everyone on the left half of the path in both directions and lessened the chance of collisions. The cones aided the faster runners who didn’t have to slow down in congested areas.


                                  The Grand Prix Series 5k

The first female Silver Strider was Lisa Knoblich, age 53, in 20:34. She won her age group by almost 7 minutes. Lisa was also the 2nd woman finisher overall. It should be noted that she finished 2017 ranked #1 in the state at 5k.

The first male Silver Strider was Mitch Parker, age 57. His time was 20:14.

Charlea Sherman gained her fifth Grand Prix Series “10” for the year for winning the W65-69 age group.











In the women’s 70-74 age group, Judy Fisher and Karen Lichtenstein continued their spirited competition with Judy prevailing by 18 seconds. Walking with a broken wrist and her arm in a sling, was Nanci Larsen. Nanci is locked in a tight contest with Judy for the “Ms Grand Prix ” title. Judy and Nanci have finished all 18 of the Series races held so far this year.

Judy Fisher

Karen Lichtenstein

Nanci Larsen













Finishing their 8th Grand Prix Series race on the 2017-18 schedule were: Audrey Kirkwood, Gretchen Ramsdell, John Marsteller, and Steve Ramsdell. By finishing the required 8 races for the year, they will be honored at the awards party in May.

Audrey Kirkwood

Gretchen Ramsdell

John Marsteller

Steve Ramsdell








The total number of finishers for the current Series now stands at 26 with 10 races remaining.

Following the awards ceremony, plaques were awarded to age group winners and spirits were high. Twenty-three Grand Prix Series participants gathered at the Golden Steer Restaurant after the race to celebrate birthdays for Keith Lerew, Gretchen Ramsdell, Louise Mihay, and Sue Wirsch.

Keith is now competing in the M60-64 age group. Gretchen is competing in the W75-79 age group and Sue will soon be entering the W55-59 age group.

David and Mine Anderson  (photo by JD)

Nick and Tiare Bailey  (photo by JD)












            Here are Christmas Rush 5k results in Photos by Bruce Fisher





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