Annual Lake Run deemed a success
Lake Run organizers couldn't have asked for better weather for Saturday's run and events held at Millenium Plaza Park.
'Overall it was a huge success,' said Diana del Garbino, volunteer coordinator for the event. 'We've had lots of great feedback about the kids festival. National Charity League helps us out and they always do a fantastic job. They helped with registration and the kids' area. And the weather just was awesome. That really helped!'
Del Garbino said 1,105 runners registered for either the 5K or 12K race.
Winner of the 12K event was Scott Pinske of Hillsboro with a time of 0:41:06. Allie Gruner of Portland was top overall female runner for the 12K with a time of 0:49:32; followed by Kelsey Richards of Lake Oswego with a time of 0:50:53.
Joe Dudman of Portland was the top overall male masters runner with a time of 0:45:15, followed by Richard Benziger of Lake Oswego with a time of 0:49:09.
Shannon Huggins of Lake Oswego was top female masters runner with a time of 0:55:53, followed by Tiffany Walsh of Lake Oswego with 0:56:13.
In the 5K event, Aaron Beddes of Tualatin won the men's event with a time of 0:17:09, and masters winner Martha Stuckey of Lake Oswego claimed top honors for the women with a time of 0:20:44. Kevin Filkowski of Clatskanie was the 5K male masters winner with a time of 0:19:21.
The popular kids dash drew 183 participants.
The Lake Run is a major fundraiser for the Lake Oswego Women's Club, which initially was started by a small, social group of local women with the time and desire to help others. These women sponsored bake sales and 'Santa Visits' to raise money for charities. In 1974, the group became the Lake Oswego Junior Women's Club under the charter of the Federated Club of Women's Volunteer Organizations. In 2011, the organization voted to remove the word 'junior' from the name and is now called Lake Oswego Women's Club.
Its mission continues 'to bring closer the women of Lake Oswego and to promote through their common interests the civic, cultural, educational and social welfare of the community. Funds raised at the Lake Oswego Lake Run are donated to Portland-area nonprofit organizations that aid needy women and children.