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Lake Run was 'fantastic'

n Hundreds participate, lots of money raised for charity


Runners head out down State Street at the start of the 10K run at Saturday's 38th annual Lake Run in Lake Oswego.

Supportive sponsors, happy runners and lively activities defined the Lake Run last Saturday, although, as with most large-scale events, not everything was perfect.

Ominous gray clouds loomed above, but that didn’t stop 1,217 people from participating in the 38th annual Lake Run, and the rain held off during the runs. The event also raised thousands of dollars, and the Lake Oswego Women’s Club, the nonprofit group that runs the event, will donate the proceeds to local groups.

“We are just thrilled with how the weather turned out and the sponsors turned out, and we think it was just a fantastic event,” said Lisa Rainer, vice president of the Women’s Club.

Most people took part in the 5K, which had 646 runners; there were 425 racers in the 10K and 146 children in the Kids’ Dash. Sponsorships gave more than $21,000, and a final dollar count from runners’ admission is not available yet, but Rainer said she’s hopeful that the total will reach about $40,000 or more. Yet some things didn’t go perfectly.

Runners take off at the start of the 5K race.

One volunteer accidentally routed about 10 runners the wrong way on Mulligan Lane during the 5K, though runners soon got back on track. It was a bit ironic, Rainer said. A “mulligan” also is referred to as a “do-over” in a game and an extra shot a golfer gets in informal golf after making a poor stroke.

“You could call it the mulligan on Mulligan Street,” Rainer said.

Sarah Kwartler’s mom accidentally started her on the 10K instead of the 5K — and, though the the Lake Oswego High School freshman realized after about three miles that it was the longer race, she finished it.

“She just decided to go for it, so that’s awesome. She could have quit,” Rainer said.

It changed the participation count by one when Kwartler’s mom emailed Rainer after the fact, and there were a few other changes. Timing company Accustat Sports Timing, which clocked the runners (except for the non-timed Kids’ Dash), did an excellent job, but as is typical of larger races, a few runners’ times didn’t come through because the plastic timing chip in some racers’ bibs was covered up by a sweatshirt knotted around someone’s waist, or a bib got balled up, Rainer said. But she said she only received three or four emails from people saying something went awry with their timing, which is “fantastic on a percentage basis” because of how many people participated.

No matter what time runners got, with the cost of admission, they supported local charities. The primary recipients of event proceeds are Clackamas Women’s Services, Clackamas Children’s Center and Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). The Women’s Club also supports three $1,000 college scholarships per year for Lake Oswego and West Linn students who perform an exemplary level of community service. Since 1974, the Lake Oswego Women’s Club has donated almost $2 million to local charities.

by: REVIEW PHOTOS: VERN UYETAKE   - Lake Oswego's Tom Yackel and his son, Jonathan, 9, give each other high-five at the finish of the 5K.

The event also benefitted locals with the free-to-attend Lake Run festival at Millennium Plaza Park, which featured an inflatable slide, crafts and activities, food vendors, music pumping from ClubSport’s speakers and sponsors’ tents offering some complimentary items for visitors.

Among those sponsors is orthodontist Dr. Jeffrey Sessions. Melanie Sessions, his wife, has served as co-chairwoman and chairwoman of the Lake Run Committee and, she inspired him to get involved. And, more than 15 years later, he’s still pitching in, handing out free toothbrushes and toothpaste last Saturday.

“It did not take much convincing from her that the Lake Run is a great community event that I could sponsor and that it is also a way to support the charitable causes of the Lake Oswego Women’s Club,” Jeff Sessions said.

For the past six years, he has sponsored the children’s booth.

“In our booth we have brought in face painters and balloon-tying artists,” he said. “We provide fun gifts and games for kids to play to make the event kid-friendly.”

Major sponsors include U.S. Bank, Kaiser Permanente, ClubSport, Full Sail Brewing Company, the city and the Lake Oswego Review.

Lake Run participant medals are ready for distribution.

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