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Recap: 2016 Sunday Evenings 5k

Runners at the 2016 Sunday Evenings 5k. This hilltop is around 1.3 miles in.

I have run the Sunday Evenings 5k a few times before, but this year I decided to volunteer. The race is always the 2nd Sunday in July, which this year was the 10th, and is the kick-off event to SW Bible Church's Sunday Evening activities which include a classic car show, carnival, and music, before church members and guests enjoy an outdoor service. These activities are open to everyone and it's not required for you to stay for the service, just a fun community event each week through August 28. Anyway, the past few years this race has always been a hot one. It starts at 5p, so it's at the warmest part of the day. Fortunately most of the course are on shady residential streets, once you get past the halfway point and the Powerline Trail. For this year's race, I was stationed at the top of one of the hills on the Trail, just next to the playground at Murrayhill Park. I was expecting runners to come through about 5:09, and either my watch is slow or runners were moving faster than usual because it was only 5:05 when I saw them turn off the road onto the trail about a third-mile away.

My task was to cheer people up the hill and keep them on course, and I had a great time doing it! I knew a good number of participants, which was fun, and there was a lot of young runners, which was pretty cool. When I see a family running together, or someone who is having trouble up the hill, I actually feel more inspired to go on a run myself. That’s a selfish reason to volunteer, but it really does work – try it!

Forest Grove firefighters ran the 5k in full gear.

Among the runners were two firefighters in full gear: Devin Pashby and his teammate were smiling as they climbed the steep incline, even though it had to be pretty tough. I’m always impressed by how tough firefighters have to be, and I told them so after the race as they were getting out of their heavy coats and cooling down. Another participant I was happy to see was my friend, Portland-based running coach and author Rick Lovett. He’s been battling some injuries but was there to walk the course in support of his friend who was running her first 10k.

The winner of the race was Alan Wild, who ran an average pace of 5:35/mile for a finish time of 17:18. In the women’s race, Joyce Chumo finished in 21:08 to take first. The first master’s male was Torrey Lindbo, running 17:26, and the first master’s female was his wife, Angela Lindbo, who clocked 21:28. Impressive times on an extremely hilly course! Russ Zornick was there to provide timing services, and full results can be found online here.

After the race, many participants hung around the huge grassy field. Church volunteers were handing out freshly-grilled burgers and chips, kids were running through the inflatable water obstacle courses, and the participants in the 1-mile run were finishing up their race when I made it back to the start/finish. A number of participants found their bib numbers on the raffle board prize and headed home with some cool prizes like race shirts and items donated from local businesses. Before long, the winners were being recognized and given awards and then Oregon Duck Dawna Rose Stutzman talked to the audience about her experiences.

You have to put the Sunday Evenings 5k on your calendar for next year. If you sign up early, it’s only $5; day of race registration is only $10 … don’t worry, I’ll remind you!

This has to be the best volunteer map I’ve ever seen. This is from the 2016 Sunday Evenings 5k. The spot boxed by the blue Sharpie was my assignment.

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About Kelly Barten (790 Articles)
I started the Run Oregon blog in February 2007, because I felt like running in Oregon and SW Washington deserved more positive coverage. I also wanted to level the playing field so that small, non-profit races could compete with big events; and to support LOCAL race organizers. I'm a Creighton Bluejay (undergrad) and an Oregon Duck (Sports Marketing MBA), and I live in Tigard with my husband and two kids. My "real job" is working for an incredibly awesome math textbook company doing marketing and production.

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