UPDATE: Organizers say the final official count of participants was more than 1,000.
(top photo by David Hutchinson, added 10:48 am; next photo by TR, published when post 1st went live)
The West Seattle 5K (WSB sponsor) runners and walkers are still going past the window at Alki Tully’s, where we’re set up at the moment. The photo above is a sample from several minutes after the first runners crossed the line; Jordan Welling from Bellingham (Western Washington U track team member) was first across, at 15 minutes exactly, 1:21 ahead of the second finisher; (added 10:30 am) here’s the video:
First woman across the line was Vanessa Hunter at 17:33 (she finished first in last year’s Torchlight Run). We’ll be checking the registration totals with organizers a bit later, but anecdotally – as you’ll see in our starting-line video shortly – it was a sizable crowd. ADDED 11:09 AM: Here’s our video of the West Seattle 5K start, from the first runner to the last walker – the voice you hear leading the countdown is WS school-board rep Steve Sundquist:
We’ve got more photos of the 5K, including several sent by WSBers – we’ll add them shortly! ADDED 11:34 AM: As promised – more photos (and we’ll likely be adding more later today, so check this story again) – click ahead:
More than a few stroller-pushing runners and walkers participated – that was the first stroller to cross the line. Next, John Loftus sent this overview near the start – note the volleyball courts set up for today’s second day of Alki Volleyball Association play:
Here’s one guy who finished jubilantly:
And another overview photo from David Hutchinson at the start of the 5K:
Lora Lewis from Hotwire Coffee (WSB sponsor) was here volunteering and sent this photo from the start line:
ADDED SUNDAY EVENING: Alki photographer David Hutchinson shares this photo of warmups before the race:
Important to mention if you hadn’t heard this before – this was a fundraiser for local schools – organized by the West Seattle High School PTSA, but with Chief Sealth High School, Roxhill Elementary, and Madison Middle School also joining in.