More than 100 locals strapped on their running shoes for a good cause last Saturday for the annual Heart Truth Go Red 3k, 5k and 10k run/walk Saturday at Kiwanis Pocket Park in The Dalles.
Of the three classifications, 20 harriers battled it out in the longest race of the day, 10k, with five minutes separating the top-5 female participants.
Judy Richardson was tops amongst the field of 15 other 10k athletes with a final marker of 54 minutes and 23 seconds.
Behind Richardson was Kristy Springer, who had a time of 56.04, Lynn Rasmussen scored third place in 58.22, Denise Dietrich-Bokum grabbed fourth with her 58.23 and Lacey Gorrod ended up in fifth place in a solid time of 59.31.
Cindy Berkshire (1:03.46), Elena Bandel-Ramirez (1:03.47), Sarah Green (1:04), Susan Billette (1:10.29) and Liz Narciso (1:18) completed the top-10.
On the men’s side, Jason Whitley opened eyes with his marker of 42.23 in the 10k event, besting David Bandel-Ramirez, who crossed the line in 46.02 for second place.
Porter Cooper had a time of 1:00.02 for third place, Virgil Thompson tallied fourth place in 1:03.46 and Daniel Cooper ended up in fifth with his 1:11.
In another close finish, Nate Mathews and Blake Willis were neck-and-neck down the stretch with bragging rights up for grabs.
Mathews was able to sneak ahead late for first place in a time of 22.52, while Willis hammered home a 22.53 to take hold of his silver medal.
Vincent Ziegenhagen notched third place with a rally of 24.34, Egan Ziegenhagen had a time of 25.39 for fourth place and Sam Ford hit fifth place in the standings in 25.50.
Harold Clark (29.58), Sawyer Case (33.20), Hudson Case (33.20), Brandon Schilling (37.08) and Nathan Munsen (41.36) rounded out the best of 10 participants.
There were 27 women signed in for the 3k race and Ashlie Dunn proved to be too much to handle, as she hit the finish line in 18.38 for top prize.
Brook White added a 24.24 to reel off second place, Skywater White ended her run in 24.52 for third, Yolanda Richardson placed fourth with 25.30 and capping the top-5 runners was Kaitlyn Springer (25.49).
Erin Ford (25.51), Carrie Larson (29.12), Cindy Shaw (29.12), Leanna Rhea (30.02) and Trudy Lupkes placed 10th with her reading of 30.56.
Carson Farlow lapped the men’s 10k field with a mark of 30.38 for top billing, for a margin of victory of more than six minutes.
Dan Richardson (37.16), Ben Hanna (57.57), Ty Wyman (57.59) and Bill Turner (1:03.71) were all top-5 eligible.
Hannah Ziegenhagen motored home in 23.47 to take first in the 5k women’s distance.
The Dalles athlete Bailey Nearing hit her stride for second place by crossing the tape with a final time of 25.43, Sarah Ziegenhagen scored third in 27.06, Samantha Beall hit fourth with her 27.09 and Samantha White ended her day with a fifth-place status of 28.53.
Stacy Dillard-Farlow picked up sixth in 30.25, Debbie Sharp had a 30.42, Maisie Bandel-Ramirez notched her time at 31.26, Mary Clark posted a 36.32 and Francene Wilheim tracked in a 36.39 to grab 10th place.
Zora Richardson (37.15), Hope Johnson (38.11), Debbie Sanguras (39.46), Patricia Cooper (40.20), Ann Gross (41.04), Barbara Nearing (42.31), Nancy Mathews (44.13), Kathi Hall ran a 45.44, Deanna Telford ended her run in 46.26 and Marsha Morrison capped the top-20, crossing the finish line in 47.07.
Some names and times may be misspelled due to handwriting styles on submitted paperwork.
Proceeds from the Heart Truth race benefit the Mid-Columbia Health Foundation Cardiac Rehabilitation Assistance Fund, which seeks to ensure that patients facing cardiac disease and issues have what they need to get well.
Up next is the Jumpstart Valentine’s Day River Trail 3k, 5k and 10k run/walk starting at 10 a.m. this Saturday at the Lewis and Clark Festival Park in The Dalles.
Awards in this race are given for the top-3 finishers in each age category, ranging from 10-to-70.
All District 21 students can participate for free of charge, but everyone else pays a fee of $8 without a shirt and $10 with a shirt.
Information on this race can be received through the race organizers at 541-340-9307.