(UPDATE: If this video won’t play for you, it’s because YouTube blocked it, saying the music the DJ played at the race’s start is copyright-protected. We disputed that on the grounds that news coverage is fair use. Stay tuned!)
FIRST REPORT, 10:21 AM: More than 900 runners and walkers were signed up as of the unofficial count before this morning’s West Seattle 5K on Alki; race director Jeff Mensing expected the final total would pass 1,000.
And while it started under a layer of clouds, there was sunshine by the time most got to the finish line.
First to cross was #440, Nathan McLaughlin, 22, 15:51:
The next 2 across, also male, as listed in the WS5K-provided printout:
Tyler Flannen, 21, 16:15:
Paul Huynh, 24, 16:44
First female across was Megan Hener, 34, 18:00:
Next 2 female runners to finish:
Laura Mickelson, 39, 18:20:
Abigail Sargent, 32, 18:30:
The run/walk is close to the end as we publish this first update; more coverage to come. WSB has co-sponsored the WS5K every year since its start in 2009 – this is year #8!
ADDED 2:11 PM: First, if you haven’t seen your results yet – they’re all here. Now, more photos. WSHS principal Ruth Medsker joined in, of course:
Lots of kids on the course:
And it’s not a race without the proprietors of our area’s only running store, West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor):
Lori and Tim McConnell will be your hosts again this year as WS Runner presents the Float Dodger 5K on July 23rd, right before the West Seattle Grand Parade, this year starting on the track at Hiawatha – registration is open now!