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The Float Dodger 5k

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                     The Float Dodger 5k



by Betty Dietrich
with photos by Bruce Fisher



.7/22/17 – West Seattle

The Float Dodger 5k was held Saturday, July 22nd along the route of the West Seattle Summer Parade. Participants were challenged to reach the finish line before the parade began. 379 runners and walkers arrived on race morning to accept the challenge. – 24% were Silver Striders.

Race packet pick up was set up on the grounds of the Hiawatha Playground. A beautifully maintained track on the playground  gave runners the opportunity to do some warm ups while they waited for the start of the race. Music provided an energizing atmosphere. Runners and walkers were invited to take part in a pre-race warmup.

The weather was humid but the sun remained somewhat hidden by cloud cover.

Prior to the race, a large group of runners and walkers clad in red, white and black T-shirts gathered at the start line. They were members of MYTeam TRIUMPH. This organization provides “an athletic ride-along for children, teens, adults & veterans with disabilities who would normally not be able to experience events such as triathlons or road races”. Proceeds from the Float Dodger 5k support this worthy cause.

MyTeam Triumph was given a head start. Once the team had cleared the playground, the rest of the field of 5k runners began the race.

courtesy of Run for Good Racing


The start was somewhat congested as runners circled the track, but thinned once they headed onto California Avenue.

A short jog to the right led runners to the “Around West Seattle Hi Yu” float. Dodging this float provided the inspiration for the name of the race.

The rest of the course was then an out and back following the parade route. On the way out, runners enjoyed a mostly gradual, downhill stretch.

At the turn around a water station was set up. On the way back, runners had to brave the gradual uphill return. Police provided excellent traffic control at each busy intersection.

Upon leaving California Avenue, runners once again circled the track to the finish line where they were treated to a refreshing root beer “float”.

courtesy of Run for Good Racing


The first Silver Strider to finish was Dan Spencer with a time of 20:11.

For the second straight year, Rose Feliciano was the first female Silver Strider crossing the finish line in 22:43.

Dan Spencer – First Silver Strider finisher in 20:11.

Rose Feliciano – First female SS – 2nd straight year.
















After a lengthy absence, Kevin Kent is back determined to be a GP finisher this year.

Joining Kevin was newcomer, Terry Wong, who announced his intention to be a Grand Prix Series player this year.

Kevin Kent – 10 points

Terry Wong – 9 points

An awards presentation was held with age divisions up to 80+. Ribbons were given to first place finishers in each age group.

Ilana Balint and Jerry










Ilana Balint of Run For Good Racing, did another great job of organizing this race. She posted this photo of these happy Silver Striders on facebook. Thanks, Ilana!


Following the race, runners were invited to view the parade at a beer garden set up at West Seattle Runner, sponsor of the Float Dodger 5k.


                             photos courtesy of Run for Good Racing














































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