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River & Rails Run a success
ARLINGTON The Arlington Runners Clubs River and Rails run was a win-win situation Saturday, Sept. 30.
Sixty-two runners beat their alarm clocks on a chilly and overcast day to complete the 5k and 10K races while raising money for the Cocoon House.
ARC president and founder Greg Woodman welcomed children, adults and kids nestled in their parents baby joggers to the clubs third fund-raising event of the year.
Welcome its chilly but a nice day for a run, Woodman said to those gathered at Haller Park. He thanked the participants for supporting the Cocoon House and said that 100 percent of the race entry fees went toward the local charity.
Katy Gordon, a South Whidbey High School cross country lead runner, was the first to cross the finish line in a time of 19:45.
Accompanied by and supported by her father Curt, Katy said she wishes she had run faster but overall was happy with her performance.
I ran negative splits, Gordon said in reference to faster mile times as the race progressed.
I warmed up on the course and felt really comfortable with it. This race was very well organized and had great officials. They did a really good job of stopping the traffic.
Carla Darr of Woodinville was the first 10K finisher in a time of 41:11.
The 45-year-old energetic mother of three ran with two of her children, 14-year-old Cameron and 12-year-old Janessa sprinted to the finish in a playful manner.
I was very impressed with the course, Darr said of the race that she found advertised online. I was dedicating this race to Elise Reinfeldt who is fighting cancer and going through bone marrow treatment. We needed a race and this was awesome. I was very impressed with the course. All crossings were marked,
Shawn Bussert, a 29-year-old Arlington High School alumni and current Marysville resident, was the first male 10K finisher in a time of 42:28.
It was a fun race and nice course through town, he said afterward.
The next ARC race is the Marines Toys for Tots run slated for Saturday, Dec. 16. The 5K and 10K are scheduled to begin at noon and more information can be found at www.arlingtonrunnersclub.org.
Top three finishers:
1st- Katy Gordon 19:46
2nd- James Housley 22:36
3rd John Ummel 24:12
1st Carla Darr 41:11
2nd Shawn Bussert 42:48
3rd Darrell Smith 43:03