(UPDATED late afternoon with results link)
9:30 AM: The race is on! At 9:20, more than 830 runners and walkers started heading eastward on the West Seattle 5K course, the kickoff to a day of fun on (and in!) Alki Avenue SW, to be followed by the Summer Streets festival until 5 pm.
We’ll be updating WS5K coverage with (more) photos, video, and race winners once they’re in.
9:53 AM: First three finishers among males and females:
#1 – Joe Creighton, 34, 16:43
#2 – Kyle Smits, 35, 17:12
#3 – John O’Hearn, 52, 17:48
#1 – Kylen Fountain, 25, 20:09
#2 – Angela Wecker, 29, 20:49
#3 – Alisha Winger, 34, 21:36
West Seattle High School principal Ruth Medsker was the official race starter:
That’s her with race emcee Eric Radovich. The WSHS PTSA presents the WS5K every year, to raise money for student needs beyond what basic budgets cover.
11:02 AM: More race scenes – top female finisher Kylen Fountain with her aunt Karen Berge, who ran today too:
You might know Karen for her community involvement – West Seattle Block Watch Captains Network, West Seattle Be Prepared, among other things – and you’ll see her tabling at today’s Summer Streets, too. Meantime – good thing the race didn’t have the “no shirt, no shoes, no …” rule:
That’s Beach Drive resident Bob Divers with no place for the bib or chip. By the way, if you haven’t even come to watch the WS5K, let alone run in it, it’s fun on the sidelines too:
In addition to more photos, we recorded our traditional everybody-leaving-the-finish-line video and will add that when it’s ready. (Added: Here it is!)
4:23 PM UPDATE: The full list of results is live online – find it here.