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Community sports: Run to Remember debuts in Washougal

By , Columbian Soccer, hockey and Community Sports Reporter

Christopher Sheaffer of Portland won the first Run to Remember 10-kilometer race on Saturday in Washougal.

Completing the course in 35 minutes and 19 seconds, the 31-year-old reached the finish line 5:32 ahead of runner-up Rolf Vellek of Vancouver. Vellek, 47, was first among masters runners 40 and older with his time of 40:51.

Laura Min, 27, of La Center, was the women’s winner and finished third overall in the 10-kilometer race. Her time was 42:26.

The first-time race attracted more than 500 runners and walkers who chose among 10-kilometer, 5-kilometer and 1-mile courses. A total of 463 finished their race, 164 of them covering the 10-kilometer distance.

In the 5-kilometer race, 17-year-old Lara Mix of Portland finished first overall with a time of 18 minutes. Joe Dudman, 51, from Portland was second overall in 19:26. A total of 270 runners and walkers completed the 5-kilometer course.

Dudman also ran the 1-mile race, winning that with a time of 5:25.

Race organizer Sherri McMillan of Why Racing, said she plans to stage this Washougal event annually on Memorial Day as a way to recognize fallen members of the military and veterans.

Top-10 men, women and masters finishers from each race are listed in the Community Sports Scoreboard.

76 runners kick off CCRC series

At total of 76 runners finished the first event in the Clark County Running Club summer series of Wednesday races.

Jesse McChesney won the first David Doublas 5-kilometer run by almost three minutes. The 27-year-old from Vancouver finished in 15 minutes and 28 seconds.

Darina Rose, 17, was the first female finisher. She was seventh overall with a time of 21:46.

The second David Douglas 5K Run takes place at 7 p.m. on Wednesday. Throughout the summer, the series will spend two weeks on each course to give runners an opportunity to compare their time week to week.

Runners will meet at the west parking lot at David Douglas Park, which is at 1016 N. Garrison Rd. in Vancouver. CCRC runs cost $2, but are free for members who pay the club’s annual $10 membership fee.

Race for Kids on Saturday

A 5-kilometer run to benefit the Teach One to Lead One community mentoring program in Clark County will be Saturday in Vancouver.

The Race for the Kids, which offers 10-kilometer and 5-kilometer options, begins at 9 a.m. at Esther Short Park in downtown Vancouver. The runs are out and back along the Columbia River waterfront trail. Walkers start at 9:15 a.m.

Participation costs $25, with youths 18 and younger able to enter for no charge. Register in advance at Day-of-race registration takes place from 7:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.

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Columbian Soccer, hockey and Community Sports Reporter