- Matthew Sherman
- Lake Oswego Review - News
Top prize won by Lake Oswego's Daniel Gonzalez in the 12k run and a record field highlight Saturday's 31st annual Lake Run
The rain threatened but backed down moments before the start of the 31st annual Lake Run Saturday, making way for near-perfect running conditions.
As a result, a record number of participants and an estimated record number of fans and well-wishers flooded downtown Lake Oswego, making for one of the most successful Lake Runs in the event's history.
More than 1,500 runners combined took to the streets of Lake Oswego in the 5k and 12k events and 303 children ran in the three waves of the Kids' Dash.
All of the proceeds from the event, put on by the Lake Oswego Junior Women's Club, will go to a variety of women's charities.
Many in attendance commented that the gathering downtown and in Millennium Plaza Park was the largest that they could remember.
'It's pretty amazing. I have never seen it this busy. I think it's great,' said Lake Oswego resident Pam Marquez, who was attending the event for the fifth time with her family.
A huge number of families and children were in attendance, taking advantage of everything that the event's Family Fun Festival has to offer. Dozens of vendors were frequented steadily, giving non-runners plenty to do during the morning.
'It's always a good time … definitely worth braving the traffic,' said Tigard's Barry Granlock.
At 8 a.m. the 5k began and, 16 minutes later, Portland's Chris Clancy broke the tape to win the event. Carrie Strickland from Beaverton was the top female finisher, finishing in just under 18 minutes.
In the competitive 12k, a local man took the top prize. Lake Oswego's Daniel Gonzalez topped his nearest competitor by nearly a minute, winning the event in 40:36.
Portland's Ashlee Vincent was the top female finisher, crossing the line in 45:18.
The children's runs followed, featuring a record number of participants. So many that, for the first year, the races were broken into three separate waves.
But many of the kids in attendance were far more excited about receiving autographs from Lake Oswego High School athletes Kevin Love and Nick Lomax, who were both in attendance.
Overall, it would be difficult to imagine the event concluding more successfully.