The West Linn High School Deb's first annual 5K run attracts decent turnout.

by: J. BRIAN MONIHAN - Runners take off at the start of the race.No one said organizing a road race as a fundraiser is easy money.

Just ask the West Linn High School Debs and their parents who not only successfully held their first 5K this morning at Willamette Park, but accomplished it on a holiday weekend.

The group was up early Saturday laying out the course, prepping food, manning check points and doing so with as much bubbly enthusiasm as a person would expect when 30 high school dancers are involved.

Overall the first time event was considered a success. The race drew at least 80 runners and walkers who successfully navigated the hilly course. Afterwards, all the runners and volunteers settled in for food and music at the park.

Taking top honors in the race was Harry Stants, from Boston, Mass., who won the race in a time of 17:34. For the lady runners, Stephanie Moulton of West Linn came in first with a time of 23:03.

The race was sponsored by a number of local merchants including the West Linn Tidings, Jennifer Weinhart with Hasson Company Realtors and Dub Box USA. It is also one of several fundraisers the Debs are hosting to help raise money for their trip to perform at half-time of the Holiday Bowl in San Diego later this year.

by: J. BRIAN MONIHAN - Runners get a pep-talk prior to hitting the course.

by: J. BRIAN MONIHAN - Walkers hit the course.

by: J. BRIAN MONIHAN - Natalie Bruun cheers on the runners near BJ WIllys in J. BRIAN MONIHAN - Dash with the Debsby: J. BRIAN MONIHAN - Carol Montgomery stops traffic to allow runners to hit the home stretch of the course down the hill towards Willamette J. BRIAN MONIHAN - Debs cheer on runners at the finish J. BRIAN MONIHAN - The sweet thrill of finishing a challenging 5K J. BRIAN MONIHAN - After the race many people enjoyed good music, a bbq and a few were even lucky enough to get their faces painted.

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