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Tortoise and Hare 5k Handicap Race – 2019

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                               Announcement Article


The Tortoise and Hare 5k Handicap Race is a chance for all Silver Striders to take home a trophy regardless of how fast or slow they run or walk.

A Silver Strider is any runner or walker over 50 years of age. Silver Strider is an age classification, not a club or group. If you are over 50, and walk or run, you are a Silver Strider and invited to enter this race.

This is a handicap race. Everyone in the race starts at a different time and will finish close together. Each participant has a starting time based on previous race performances. If you have run or walked a race in the past, you are in the Silver Strider data bank.

If you are new to running or walking, it’s okay. We will assign you a starting time. It’s all in fun.

The event is actually two races held at the same time: a men’s race and a women’s race. Men and women are not competing against each other. The first ten men to finish will receive a trophy. The first ten women to finish will  receive a trophy.

A potluck lunch will follow the race. All race participants are invited.



WHEN: Saturday,  October 5th, 2019

LOCATION:  (NEW!)  Dune Peninsula Park
                                5361 Yacht Club Road
………………………. ……..Point Ruston  98407

TIME:  9:00 a.m.  – Pre-race meeting

GROUP PHOTO:  9:15 a.m.

RACE START:   Follows group photo. 

FREE PARKING:  Dune Peninsula Park Pavillion.  Directions:  take Yacht Club Road to upper parking lot by the Pavillion.   

AWARDS:  Trophies to the first 10 men and the first 10 women to cross the finish line.  Awards presented at the Potluck Celebration.

PRIZES:  Random prize drawings at the Potluck.  

REGISTER:  jerry@silverstrider.com

DONATION:  Suggested Donation – $15 – $20.  all proceeds support the Grand Prix Series Awards Program.

MAKE CHECK PAYABLE TO: Bruce Fisher and mail it to:  Bruce Fisher, 3005 So. 363rd Street, Federal Way, WA 98003

GRAND PRIX SERIES:  If you are participating in the Grand Prix, you will earn 10 points if you wear the Series logo shirt, singlet or sweatshirt in the group photo.  If you are not participating in the Grand Prix, you will still be eligible for trophies and prize drawings.  Everyone is invited to join the group photo and potluck.

POTLUCK:  (NEW!) Tower Lanes Entertainment Center
                             11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
                              6323 6th Avenue
……………  ……….       Tacoma, WA 98406


Below is the Race Report from last year (2018). You can get a feel for the fun and camaraderie we enjoy at this event. We hope to see you there.


                   The Tortoise and Hare Race 2018


                     “THE HARE”


by Dave Sherman
with photos by Bruce Fisher

Pt. Ruston – 2018

The Silver Striders Tortoise and Hare 5k has become one of those classic races that I look forward to each year. As an untimed handicap race, it is different from all the other races we run.

For this race, each runner’s start time is established based on their times in several races earlier in the year. The theory is that the slower runners start sooner, and the faster runners begin later, with everyone reaching the finish line simultaneously. The goal is to be in the top ten for your gender; men and women have separate races.

There is no such thing as age groups or overall finishing positions or even finishing times. Each year, it is interesting to see how the handicapping works out. Sometimes everyone does arrive at the finish at about the same time, and some years things seem to be more scattered.

This year, I had a bit of a complication to factor in that Charlea and I were running a challenging half marathon the next day in Oregon, so I wanted to not push it too hard in this race. I sort of had a Plan. I intended to hold back a bit, then see what the field looked like as we approached the finish. I would only speed up if it looked like there were a bunch of guys that I might be able to pass at the end.

I was Hare #3, meaning I started third from last. The two guys behind me were a whole lot faster than I am, so I was hoping they had to wait awhile once I started. But knowing how fast they were, I was pretty sure they’d soon pass me, and then I’d be dead last in the race. Nobody wants to be dead last. I figured my only chance of holding them off for awhile was to go out fast enough to establish a good gap on them, so away I went at an extremely unsustainable 6-minute pace. You will note that I forgot about the Plan before I even left the start line.

After maybe a quarter mile, I had the sense to throttle back to a more realistic pace. It only took about a mile before the fastest Hare passed me. A mile later, the second fastest Hare passed me. I hadn’t passed anyone, so was in dead last place. But at least by this time, I could see slower runners ahead, so there was hope. By the time we got to the final straight stretch, I had passed a few people, including Charlea. A considerate husband, especially one that plans to conserve a little energy, would’ve run it in with Charlea. That never occurred to me.

By the time I could see the finish line, it was apparent that all the guys ahead of me had either already finished or were about to finish, and there was nobody that I could catch. This was the perfect opportunity to slow down, save energy and cruise it in. But, no. Look, there’s Judy! I can pass her (not that she’s even in the same race)! So, I sped up. Look, there’s Sandi! If I sprint and dive across the finish line, I can beat her! As I finished, I collected my 15th place stick.

My only hope is that I’ll get wiser with age. It’s bound to happen someday.



             “THE TORTOISE”


by Joan Torfin
with photos by Bruce Fisher


It was a cool and fog shrouded Saturday morning for the Great Silver Strider Tortoise and Hare fun run and potluck.
The warmth of friendship was everywhere as we gathered together at Ruston Place in Tacoma.
That morning was bright despite the fog, with lots of color as the Striders began the staggered start and Jerry sent us on our way.
Betty greeted us with smiles and cheers at the turn-around.

It was such a Happy Day for our group and was topped off with a Potluck Feast afterward.
Many thanks to Jerry, Betty and Flash Fisher as well as our runner/volunteers for making such a fun and memorable experience!

David shows a tortoise how to break 20 minutes!

Jerry marks the finish line













                    “THE RACE”

                      Photos by Bruce Fisher




                                “THE POTLUCK”

by Diane Martin
with photos by Bruce Fisher
Wikipedia describes a potluck as a communal gathering where each guest or group contributes a different, often homemade, dish to be shared. Although that’s true, in our case it’s so much more.

Entering the Highland golf course clubhouse, we are embraced by a warm welcoming mood. Thanks to Nanci Larsen who , once again, has provided a fall festive atmosphere with bright autumn table decorations. And with the help of hubby Larry and the Dietrich’s, the room is ready and waiting for our annual fall get together.

Quickly, the food table is laden with delicious dishes. Thanks once again to Nanci who sees to it that there’s a wealth of variety. It doesn’t matter if you’re vegan, vegetarian, or gluten-free, there’s a dish for every appetite….Julia Childs eat your heart out. But let’s not forget the luscious deserts and even brownies to take home…thank you Patti Husko!

Betty and Jerry are busy at the front of the room. They’ve put a ton of work into this shindig. Months of organizing, scheduling, purchasing awards and asking for prizes, plus tallying scores from the morning race. Bruce is keen to make sure every mug gets their picture taken, while Sandy Madden provides everyone with a potential winning raffle ticket.

Trophies to the 1st ten men and women


Finding a seat is easy as there’s room for all. I love to come just a bit late to explore a seating option. It’s so much fun to sit by people I don’t know well, as I love to hear their story. My first question is usually, “So how did you get started running?” Plus there’s the Tab Wizard’s group who share their memories of the August trip to Vietnam; what an opportunity! Just being with running buddies is super.


Runners come lately, the Bailey’s show up. Tiare has finished her 100th Half Marathon this morning and came to share in her celebration. She was awarded the cutest hat that looked absolutely adorable on her.

Following a full tummy, Jerry begins the awards ceremony. The only Grand Prix race that allows some of us “slow” runners a chance to beat our nemesis. Ten lucky male and ten lucky female runners are announced to receive their award and have their picture taken with a trophy. Each group of male and female winners were treated to a photo op by Bruce.

Those who did not win the race still have a chance at winning some valuable gift certificates so hold on to your ticket. Pacific Grill gift certificates…..wow!

Bruce makes sure each face is seen in our big group photo as we finish and clean up as thoughts swirl through our heads of how much fun we’ve had at another great potluck!






















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