(Pic: Rose Wetzel left also hosted a charity run, which she describes below) The USATF 10K Road Championships were held on August 18th in Snoqualmie, WA.  Despite the uncomfortably hot temperatures the week leading up to the race, we were lucky to have a milder day.  The sun was out and it was a bit on the humid side, but racers were happy that it had cooled off from the 90 degree temperatures earlier that week.  On the men’s side, CNW runner Phil Olsen took 3rd (31:48).  The top three finishers in both the men’s and women’s races took home some nice cash prizes.  Other notable finishers from the CNW bunch included Spencer Walsh and Brett Winegar, who came in 4th and 6th place.  Both had great races and finished strongly.  Rounding out the top ten in this competitive race include the Ricardi brothers, Josh and John, who finished 7th and 9th, respectively. 

On the women’s side, there was also a great showing from the Orange:  the top seven finishers were CNW women!  The race of the day went to Gwen Lapham, who started out controlled and moved up steadily to win the race in 36:12.  Closely following behind were Kristi Houk (36:27) and Megan Heuer (36:48).  Rounding out the top five were Laura Mickelson (38:03) and Meghan Lyle (38:51).  The first Masters runner was Gail Hall who ran a great race, finishing in a time of 41:26.

Another remarkable part of this race was how many age group winners came from Club Northwest: Spencer Walsh (M25-29), Brett Winegar (M30-34), Mark Bloudek (M35-39), Carl Winter was 2nd (M45-49), Paul Abdalla (M50-54), and Rick Becker (M55-59).  The women’s side also boasted a couple of age group winners: Laura Mickelson (W25-29) and Meghan Lyle (W30-34).   

The Railroad Days also offers a 5K run.  The race organizer, CNW member Sean Sundwall, won it on the men’s side, almost breaking 16:00!  He was followed closely by David McCulloch (16:14) and Joe Sheeran (16:32).  CNW runner and Seattle Prep XC coach, Ben Sauvage, finished in the top 5 with a time of 16:44.  On the women’s side, Amber Farthing won the race for the second straight year with a time of 18:16.  Nice finish, Amber!

 Rose Wetzel also hosted a charity run, which she describes below:

I hosted the 1st annual Superhero Pub Run, a fun event sponsored by my personal training/coaching business (RoseRunner Sports and Fitness) and benefitting two charities: The Ballard Food Bank and Redeeming Soles. The run took place on Saturday, July 21st, and a crew of about 15-20 caped superheroes jogged from Green lake Bar and Grill to a couple of other nearby bars, stopping to fuel and hydrate for an hour at each one before flying on to the next. Besides an excuse to socialize with friends and wear a costume, the main point of the Superhero Pub Run was to promote the sport/activity of running by enticing those that don't like to run with a fun atmosphere in which to try it out. The run was free yet donations were encouraged, and we ended up with two bags of canned goods for the Ballard Food Bank and three bags of shoes for Redeeming Soles, a charity that distributes running shoes the homeless. Perhaps in few years, the Superhero Pub Run will develop into a full-on costume 5K.  For info and fun superhero pictures, check out the Superhero Pub Run Facebook page and the Seattle P-I blog with a featured story about it.: http://blog.seattlepi.com/thebigblog/2012/07/25/superhero-pub-run-around-green-lake/

                On July 20th Lois Keller ran and won the Montana Mile for her 6th straight year. She has also started her cross country high school coaching season with fellow CNW member Joe Bisignano at The Northwest School.

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August 23, 2012

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