Hot Shots Memorial Run/Walk draws 233
Athletes from age seven to 79 were pushing strollers, walking dogs or just plain keeping a steady pace on their own.
The annual Hot Shots Memorial Run/Walk hit the streets of Prineville for its eighth year Saturday morning and drew 233 competitors, up from last year's attendance of 213.
The race raised $1,400 for the maintenance of the Hot Shots Memorial located in Ochoco Creek Park and built in memory of the nine Prineville Hot Shots who lost their lives in duty during the 1994 Storm King Mountain Fire in Glenwood Springs, Colo.
"I think it is so heartwarming and so supportive for the families to know that there are people still running this race," said co-director Sharon McPhetridge, who sponsored the race along with Lori Goodman.
Winning the 10K run was Mike Dudley, 31, who finished the race in 30:30.35. Dudley's girlfriend, 29-year-old Kristin Schwartz, finished second in the 5K race, a time of 16:49:59.
Dudley and Schwartz both hail from Colorado and were visiting some friends in Bend for several weeks when they decided to participate in the event.
"I was just trying to run a good race. I really didn't have a strategy," Schwartz said.
Schwartz and Dudley, who devote a majority of their time running, have competed in more than 20 marathons between them.
"I like competing and getting in a really good race," Schwartz said after finishing Saturday's event. "I like the neck and neck competition and trying to do your best."
Coming in second in the 10K run was Vince Gruce, 31, of Detroit (39:46.03), while Jason Baynes, 23, of Sisters was third with a mark of 40:03
In the 10K walk, 10-year-old Zacharah Robinson won the event with a time of 1:12.03. Second place went to 41-year-old Cindy Hice of Powell Butte (1:12.15); 59-year-old Molly Kee of Prineville came in third (1:14.12).
In the 5K run Crook County high School graduate Sam Carter, 18, won the event with a time of 16:07.36, while 44-year-old Scott Abrams of Bend placed third.
In the 5K walk, 46-year-old Myrna Anderson of Crooked River Ranch finished the event ahead of the pack with a time of 34:37.32.
Bill Ham of Bend, 48, was second (35:55.84), while Juanita Ham, 42, of Bend was third (36:22.06).
Merchants from around town provided refreshments and door prizes for the day. T-shirts are available at the Prineville Athletic Club, 211 N. Main, for $20 each, while shirts from the 2000 and 1999 races are up for sale at $5 a piece. Next year's race is set for the first Saturday in June.