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The Winter of My Discontent

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By Betty Dietrich
photos by Bruce Fisher

 

4/10/17

If you feel like it’s never going to stop raining this year, you may be right. As of March 2017, this was the 37th wettest season on record. And it’s still raining!

In addition, this has been the coldest winter in 32 years! According to the Weather Network, “The 2016-2017 winter season is the snowiest since 2009, and the coldest since 1985.”

Mother Nature dumped nasty weather on nearly every race in the Grand Prix Series. The rainy season began with the appropriately titled “Summer’s End 5k” in September.

In October, runners at the Run Scared 5k encountered “Bitter cold…icy wind”.

At the Tacoma City Turkey Trot, “Participants huddled under any available roof or awning to stay dry as long as possible as the rain poured down.” *

“Chilly temperatures” at the Christmas Rush 5k were followed by “below freezing” temperatures at the Reindeer Run.

The Resolution Run on New Year’s Day had “An early morning snowfall…with the temperature at 33 degrees when the starting gun fired.”

“The temperature on race morning was near freezing” at the No Sun Fun Run in late January.

The Geoduck Gallop Half Marathon in February brought “Unrelenting rain and cold”. *

At the Road-OdendRUN 6 mile race, runners encountered “Near freezing temperatures and a rain-driven 15 mph wind.”

Race morning brought “Snow showers which turned into cold, nasty weather” at the Lunar New Year Run.

Runners were chilled to the bone and drenched clear through by “cold wind and rain” at the St. Paddy’s Day Half Marathon in March. *

And let us not forget the “Fierce wind that dropped the chill factor to a shoulder-hunching low” at the Tulip 5 Mile Run last weekend. *

You would think these comments would have discouraged Silver Striders from participating in the Grand Prix Series this season.

But, to quote Brig Seidl in his account of the Geoduck Gallop Half Marathon: “I’d forgotten just how resilient all the Silver Striders are so even the constant cold, dreary rain couldn’t prevent them from showing up.”

As I write this report, I’m looking out the window at wind wildly blowing through the trees and rain pouring down. Is this what they call April “showers“?

Let us hope this “winter of our discontent” will soon be history and will be replaced instead by “glorious summer.” *

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*Quotes from Edythe Hulet, Brig Seidl, Charlea Sherman, Bruce Fisher and William Shakespeare.

 

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           Photo essay by Bruce Fisher

 

 

 

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A chilly Summer’s End 5k …. and it was all downhill from there….

CHLOE PARR 2015 RUN SCARED

Chloe Parr – Run Scared

MOLLY CHILDS & NANCY LARSEN AT SNOWY 2017 RESOLUTION RUN

Molly Childs and Nanci Larsen – Resolution Run

BARBARA JOHNSON 2017 RESOLUTION RUN

Barbara Johnson – Resolution Run

KEITH COLLINGWOOD 2017 GEODUCK GALLOP (1)

Keith Collingswood – Geoduck Gallop

A WIND-BLOWN MOLLY CHILDS AT THE 2017 ROAD-ODEND-RUN

Molly Childs – Road-odendRUN

CHARLEA SHERMAN AT 2017 ROAD-ODEND-RUN

Charlea Sherman – Road-odendRUN

EDYTHE HULET 2017 LUNAR 5K

Edythe Hulet – Lunar Run

JERRY BRONSON 2017 LUNAR 5K

Jerry Bronson – Lunar Run

SUE WIRSCH AT 2017 LUNAR 5K (1)

Sue Wirsch – Lunar Run

LOUISE MIHAY 2017 LUNAR 5K (1)

Louise Mihay – Lunar Run

KAREN LICHTENSTEIN 2017 LUNAR 5K (1)

Karen Lichtenstein – Lunar

NICK BAILY 2017 LUNAR 5K (1)

Nick Bailey – Lunar Run

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Brig Seidl – St. Paddy’s Half

CAROLINE BECKER & CHARLEA SHERMAN 1

Caroline Becker and Charlea Sherman – St Paddy’s Half  – We made it!

LARRY LARSEN AT 2017 ST. PADDY'S DAY HALF (1)

Larry Larsen – St. Paddy’s Half

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Nick Bailey in need of windshield wipers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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