Alki Beach 5K 2013: Record turnout to help breast-cancer patients

August 25, 2013 at 9:54 am | In How to help, West Seattle news, WS & Sports | 11 Comments

In our video, you’ll see what was described by announcer Eric Radovich as a record turnout for this morning’s Alki Beach 5K, benefiting Northwest Hope and Healing, a West Seattleite-founded, West Seattleite-led nonprofit that helps breast-cancer patients. Before the estimated 1,000 runners and walkers left the finish line, they heard a pep talk from eight-year survivor Kristina Dahl, who declared she’s here because breast cancer didn’t kill her.

The top male and female finishers were both teenage runners from Edmonds – here, pending official results online later, are the top 3 men and top 3 women, per printouts provided at the start/finish line:

MEN

Miler Haller, 16, 16:11

Terry Robinson, 40, 17:48

Brig Seidl, 50, 18:04

WOMEN

Hailey Kettel, 17, 18:25

Kate Nishino, 24, 19:40

Meissa Neumann, 13, 20:40

Runners and walkers are still crossing the finish line as we publish this at 9:54 am, so Alki SW will remain closed a while longer. More to come, including photos and additional video.

11:34 AM UPDATE: We’ve added video of Kristina Dahl’s talk, and photos of top finishers, above. Also:

From left, NWHH executive director Shari Sewell, volunteer coordinator Caitie Clark, and volunteer Carol Ann Boyle. This year’s official AB5K shirts were green, you’ve probably noticed, but in honor of the cause, lots of pink was sported this morning too – even on pets:

P.S. When full race results are posted online, you’ll see them here.

8:13 PM NOTE: The results are live at that link now. We have also learned from our friends at MyEdmondsNews.com that not only are the top male and female finishers from Edmonds-Woodway High School, the second-place female, Kate Nishino, is an assistant coach there, who says Miler and Hailey are two of four Edmonds-Woodway students who ran the AB5K today as they get ready for their season to start this week!

11 Comments

  1. A great run for a great cause! And the announcer was right — there *was* a tail wind in both directions!

    Comment by Joe McDermott — 10:46 am August 25, 2013 #

  2. Is the #1 men’s finisher’s name really Miler??!! Love that!

    Comment by add — 12:20 pm August 25, 2013 #

  3. Thank you for reporting this, and for coming out to support this event.

    And now I can show my mom and dad my speech – thanks! :-)

    Comment by Kristina — 12:26 pm August 25, 2013 #

  4. Why weren’t the residents on Alki notified that the street would be completely closed to traffic? I was having some furniture delivered and they had to carry it over 1/4 mile. Had I known about the closure before hand, I would have made other arrangements. Poor planning on the planning committee.

    Comment by Happy — 12:52 pm August 25, 2013 #

  5. Hi – I don’t know the city rules for notification when street-closure requests are granted; the no-parking signs have been up for several days, and the reason for them is supposed to be attached every block or so. What kind of notice did you get for the West Seattle 5K in May? Same route. FWIW, though we don’t get “official” notification either, we always publish advance warning of things like this in our traffic coverage for the entire week ahead of time. Next 5K on Alki that we know of is Beat the Burn in five weeks (Sept. 29th); I don’t know if this will require a road closure – it’s a newer event than this one and smaller. http://www.promotionevents.com/beattheburn/info.htm

    Comment by WSB — 1:10 pm August 25, 2013 #

  6. “yes” The #1 male finisher’s name is really Miler…his name fits him well.

    Comment by Mom — 1:38 pm August 25, 2013 #

  7. The organizing committee did an awesome job. Everything ran smoothly. Thank you to all the residents for their understanding and support of this cause that helps women during cancer in our community.

    Comment by Sandy Marshall — 4:22 pm August 25, 2013 #

  8. For the closure in May, there were notices sent to every resident on the stret. Usually, fun runs only close half of the street. Parking notices only let you know not to park there. There were no ” no parking” notices on the Sourh side of Alki.

    Comment by Happy — 6:00 pm August 25, 2013 #

  9. Happy is not happy

    Comment by Ha ha — 9:23 pm August 25, 2013 #

  10. My third time running. I was a bit injured this year but I ran the whole way. This event is well organized and easy to support a great cause.

    (Also they distance was spot on this year!)

    Comment by Mark — 3:49 pm August 26, 2013 #

  11. @ WSB–”Notification” –official or not–plus sign postings and your advance informationals, while appreciated, do not always mean an understanding of the impact and a resolution to all forseeable or unforseeable concerns. We live 3 blocks from Alki, but cars were parked 4 blocks up from Alki, past Admiral all the way to our house. It affected our moving company truck because he could not turn up our street as people parked so close to the intersection. He figured out a way. Sometimes, there’s absolutely nothing you can do to alleviate cause and effect, so you gotta roll with it, smile, don’t worry, be happy! After all, it was a Sunday morning!

    Comment by anomie25 — 9:17 pm August 26, 2013 #

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