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Beamer draws record numbers

Donaghu tops all 10K runners

by: Photo By Joe McHaney - Freddie Hernandez, left, and Michael Donaghu compete during the 15th annual Todd Beamer Independence Day Memorial Run on Grizzly Road. Donahue edged Hernandez for first place in the 10K run.

In recent years, Freddy Hernandez has been the top runner and Mary Carlson and Glenda Cloud have topped all walkers during the annual Todd Beamer Independence Day Run/Walk.
   This year, however, record numbers turned out for the 15th event and new winners were crowned in an event that drew 232 participants, up from just over 200 last year.
   In the 10K run, Hernandez finished second to Madras High School graduate and 2006 Todd Beamer champion Michael Donaghu, who finished in 35 minutes, 11 seconds to lead all runners. Hernandez, a four-time event champion, clocked in at 36:11. Piper Donaghu and Ella Donaghu finished tied for first in the female competition with a time of 41:06.
   Don Hildebrand, who turned 80 this year and competes in the event every year, finished the 10K in 1:06:20 to top all men over age 70.
   Erin Towne claimed first place in the 6-mile walk. She finished in 1:11:00, edging out Caree King (1:12.00) of Madras. Those two finished ahead of Culver's Carlson and Cloud, who had won the event division the past three years. Carlson and Cloud finished in 1:14:38.
   Brent Sullivan topped all participants in the 2-mile fun run. Sullivan set the pace with a time of 13:58.
   Hannah Lewis was the top female in the 2-mile fun run with a mark of 14:07.
   The event featured a 10K race that begins east on Grizzly Road, a 6-mile walk that takes walkers through Madras Ranchos, and a 2-mile fun run/walk that begins and ends at Sahalee Park, which also serves as the finish line for the event. The Todd Beamer Memorial Run is an event to help raise funds for a Todd Beamer Memorial scholarship. Beamer, a Madras High School graduate, drowned on a Hood to Coast training run near Madras June 7, 1997, while attempting to rescue his dogs in the Willow Creek siphon.
   For more race results, see SCOREBOARD on page 11.