Approximately 200 runners showed up for this Mill Creek event, which organizer Bobby Sorensen, Columbia Athletic Club’s Fitness Director, says is the first of many, “The First Annual Run With Heart 5k was a huge success, due in large part to all of our amazing volunteers, sponsors, and participants!”
“From the Kid's Dash to the 5k and the phenomenal emcee to our two outstanding charities, the event as a whole was a positive experience.”
“Next year cannot come soon enough! A BIG Thank You goes out to all involved! Events, such as these, would not occur if it weren't for groups of individuals coming together to make it happen.”
For many of the runners, this was their first 5K. Sue Travers posted this to the Run With Heart 5K Facebook page, “My first 5 K. Almost came in last. Was last in my age bracket. The thing is.... I DID IT!!!!"
The Run With Heart 5K also brought out experienced runners. Mill Creek resident Laura Follis is ranked number 7 in the top 10 women 5K runners (50-54) by South Sound Running and finished number one in her bracket and in the top ten overall at the Run With Heart 5K.
When asked about her experience at the Run With Heart 5K Follis said, “The 5k was a win-win-win for me. Raising funds for leukemia and lymphoma is an excellent cause. I also enjoy running for my own health and fitness. And, it's nice to run a race right in my own backyard in beautiful Mill Creek.”
Here are the top ten finishers and their times:
- Jack Griffing, Mountake Terrace, 18:00.3
- Michael Matwichuk, Monroe, 18:28.9
- Zachary Chupik, Bothell, 19:14.5
- Olivia Yetter, Lynnwood, 21:16.3
- Paul Yetter, Lynnwood, 21:16.8
- Laura Follis, Mill Creek, 21:33.6
- Abigail Hill, Lake Stevens, 21:38.1
- Igor Velichko, Mill Creek, 22:19.5
- Shane Greenfield, Mountlake Terrace, 22:37.8
- Jim Griffing, Mountlake Terrace, 22:47.0
The full list of race results can be found here: 2013 Run With Heart 5K race results.
Jean Johnson took photos of the race. Her photos can be reviewed and purchased here: Jean Johnson’s Shutterfly Pro Gallery.