LOCAL running enthusiasts carve up the course Saturday during the sixth annual Jumpstart St. Patrick’s Day River Trail 3k, 5k and 10k run/walk at Lewis and Clark Festival Park in The Dalles.
Photo by Ray Rodriguez.
With the cancellation of last month’s Valentine’s Day run, the running enthusiasts came out in full force Saturday under sunny skies and 70-degree weather all for a good cause in the sixth annual Jumpstart St. Patrick’s Day River Trail 3k, 5k and 10k run/walk at Lewis and Clark Festival Park in The Dalles.
At the start of Saturday’s race, bagpipe musician Rory O’Halloran went into a number to get the race fans going.
The 5k and 10k course looped past Devco Mechanical, one of two Jumpstart event sponsors, staying with the river a majority of the distance.
Erin Ford was the first 10k finisher crossing the wire for a solid time of 41 minutes and 41 seconds. Right behind Ford was Clint Bogard, who stopped the watch in 43:18.
Dave Heineck came through for third place with a marker of 43:57 and Allan Doshan notched a 44:24 to clinch third place in the male classification.
Leanne Neal motored home for second place amongst the women with a tally of 45:54, and Sophie Whitehead came around the bend in 47:35 to wrap up third place.
In the 5k race, Rick George circled the course in 21:55 to take the gold with a margin of nearly a minute ahead of his next competitor.
Declan Liddiard enjoyed a top outing against the field to snare second place in 22:52 and Kevin Liddiard ended up in third place with a time of 23:06.
Ronda Strong bolted out of the blocks in 26:27 to secure first place in the women’s 5A division in what turned out to be a three-horse race down the stretch.
Ashley Howe churned out a mark of 27:30 and Cameo Semaia stopped the watch in 27:33 for third place in the rankings.
With the shorter distances came the young participants representing local elementary schools across the gorge.
Sixth grader, Sylvan Linker hoisted a first-place medal in a time of 12:32, and seventh grade running standout, Justin Conklin, scored second place with a final reading of 14:32.
Colonel Wright Elementary School fourth grader, Osvaldo Munoz, earned the bronze with a time of 15:37 to round out the final male 3k participant.
On the girl’s side, third grader, Giselle Ortega, lapped the field for first place in 21:05.
Allyson Awmiller, a second grade runner, came close to the forefront in 21:10 for second place, and younger sister and kindergartner, Brook notched a 21:14 to hold third-place recognition.
Jumpstart events throughout the year include, free elementary cross country races for athletes in kindergarten through fifth grades, track meets, winter trail runs, and a full week of basketball camp.
With the sponsorship contributions from Devco Mechanical and Casa El Mirador, Conklin said that it allows many events to be paid for during the year.
The funds raised in this event will go towards two local organizations – Colonel Wright Elementary physical education and Jumpstart Summer Basketball Camp, which is held on the third week in June, in Dufur.
Jumpstart Basketball camp is a fundamental camp that focuses on all aspects of skill development taught by seasoned coaches, who themselves are current/former coaches and/or players.
This camp is limited to 150 boys and girls from second-to-ninth grades.
For more info, go to www.jumpstartcamps.com/Jumpstart Camp Activities.