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For runners young and old, the 2016 Lake Run was all about 'community'

REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Chris DeBrine (from left), Holly Haffey and Kelly Dancey celebrate Saturday at the finish line of the Lake Run 5K race. For all three, it was the successful culmination of a nine-week 'Couch to 5K' training program.  REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Danica Tieu of Lake Oswego gives a big thumbs-up Saturday to daughter Bailey and son Braeden after they finished the Kids' Dash.Kelly Dancey says she’s “still not a ‘runner,’” but the Lake Oswego resident certainly looked the part as she crossed the finish line of the Lake Run 5K with friends Chris DeBrine and Holly Haffey.

All three women had participated in a nine-week No Boundaries training program sponsored by Fleet Feet Sports PDX, culminating in Saturday’s race through the streets of Lake Oswego.

“I have always wanted to be a ‘runner,’” Dancey says. “The idea of tying on my sneakers and walking out of the front door into the sunshine has always appealed to me more than heading to a windowless gym.”

She says she’d signed up for races before, but it wasn’t until she joined the couch-to-5K training program that she found the motivation and inspiration she needed. “I quickly became part of a team,” she says.

DeBrine agrees. “Building endurance and becoming a runner takes effort,” she says. “We had to all support each other.”

As for the race itself, DeBrine says she struggled at Mile 2 “and had to even walk a tiny bit. But my running mates Kelly and Holly stuck with me, and crossing the finish line was such a great feeling. Even my usually unfazed teenage daughter was excited for me.”

DeBrine says she’s signed up for the next No Boundaries session, which starts May 21, to increase her speed and endurance. And as for Dancey?

“I’m still not a ‘runner,’” she says, “but I’m getting there — with the help of my friends and coaches who have literally been beside me every step of the way.”

— The Review

REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Youngsters charge onto the course Saturday at the start of the Kids' Dash, one of three events that make up the Lake Run. A Family Fun Festival awaited them at the finish line.


Look for lots more photos from the 2016 Lake Run and local results from the event in Thursday's issue of The Review.