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Runners keep eyes on prize

The 2011 Run/Walk for Sight drew 63 walkers, 94 runners, and a few lucky tykes who saw the course from the comfort of a stroller seat.

While the misty morning created some anxiety for organizers of Saturday's Chalk Art festival and Corn Roast, it was perfect weather for running, as evidenced by the 157 folks who turned out for the annual Lions Run and Walk for Sight.

'We had no complaints,' said Chris Heaton, treasurer of the Lions Club. 'Everybody had a good time.'

And, some of the times were good.

David Maile from Portland won the 5K race, finishing in 19:05, followed by Oliver Rosales of Forest Grove who clocked in at 19:15.

Kassy Lynass, a first year optometry student at Pacific University was the fastest woman (21:00), with Kate Phillips of Forest Grove at her heels (21:09).

Mike Moore of Forest Grove won the Masters Division (25:36), followed by Jim Talty of Hillsboro (25:44). Forest Grove's Rachel Parker was the top female in the Masters category (24:43).

Rayetta Sperl of Hillsboro was also a winner, taking home the grand raffle prize, a new bike donated by Olson's Bicycles and Heaton and Co.

The annual event raises funds for Pacific's School of Optometry to help pay for scholarships and provide eye care for people in need in western Washington County.

The money also helps the Amigos, a group of optometry school students who travel to developing countries to fit and dispense used eyeglasses.