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Velichko Victorious At No Sun Fun Run

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             Silver Striders had their first overall winner for 2019. 
 Igor Velichko, age 54, gave Silver Striders their first overall win for 2019, smoking the field with an 18:43! 




by Nancy Larsen
with photos by Bruce Fisher

1/19/19 – Puyallup

As the race name appropriately says:  ‘no sun’,  but there was plenty of fun. This winter race does not boast the beauty of blue skies, sun and warm temperatures. However, the sun did try to make a very brief appearance behind the clouds. We lucked out and were able to run a dry, cool, winter day race.

Race start time was 10 am; a welcome change during the dark mornings of winter. The Pierce County website advertisement for this race states this is a “non-competitive run” – right, tell that to the Silver Striders! Because the race is sponsored by the parks department, it is a family event where all ages and abilities are encouraged to get out and enjoy the outdoors. This race venue is small and has become a favorite run for Silver Striders who make up a big portion of the participants.

The gathering point and finish area are located at the Heritage Recreation Center in Puyallup and provides ample parking, indoor restrooms, and a snack bar area for post race food items.

The course is mainly flat with a few slight ups and downs. The race start begins a short walk from the finish area on a curved path that can get a little ‘jammed’ up at first. New this year was a timing mat at the start, which helps alleviate a rush of people all wanting their best times. The path takes a quick left turn and leads back around past the entrance to the park, around a couple of curves and onto the Nathan Chapman Memorial Trail. Paved pathways wind through a beautiful wooded area and back around to the park’s recreation area before making one final loop out to the street and back across the parking lot.


Post race food included water, bananas, bagels and yogurt. Race results were provided to each runner via printed labels reflecting their race stats.

Andrea Clay


Remember if you are a participant in the Silver Strider Grand Prix Series events, we are currently running two calendar series at the same time, so you earned points for the 2018-2019 series as well as the 2019 calendar series.

Andrea Clay, race director, distributed door prizes to the waiting crowd. Prizes included free entries to the Foothills Dash, movie passes, I-tunes and Starbucks gifts cards. A few lucky participants were awarded with certificates for ‘free shoes’ from South Sound Running; a coveted prize for runners.




 Editor’s Notes:

Overall, Silver Striders dominated the race. Ten of the first 12 runners to cross the finish line were Silver Striders. The turnout of Silver Striders was awesome.   Silver Striders comprised 45% of the field.

Finishing their 8th race for the 2018-19 Grand Prix Series were Robert Davies, Jim Dollar, and Sandi Newman.

Bob Davies

Jim Dollar

Sandi Newman


                            Race Results in Photos by Bruce Fisher


Our post race meal was held at BJ’s Restaurant in Puyallup. Twenty-three people descending upon one waitstaff server who tried to balance getting all our beverages and food orders to and from the kitchen; no small feat. Kudos to her for keeping her sanity. Our post race meals are always a great way to share race critiques and friendships while re-energizing our bodies.


                              Restaurant photos by Sandra Madden






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