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!
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!