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2012 Stayton Old-Time 4th of July Run/Walk Recap
submitted by Brent Mobley

July 4th 2012, 9am - Over 260 participants get set for the 29th Annual Stayton Road Runners Club Old-Time 4th of July 10k/3k Run & Walk - Walk for Hope Benefiting the National Kidney Foundation.

Stayton, OR - Linsie Michels returned home to capture the 29th running of the Old-Time 4th of July 10K Run on Wednesday in Stayton. The former Cascade High School running ace joined 265 other participants for events which included the 10K run, a 3K run or a 3K walk. 

“A high school friend, Kym Hunt, paced me through the race,” reported Michels, 23, of Concordia University in Portland.  “I’m more of an 800 meter and 1500 meter runner in track, so I could have gone out too fast without his help.” The pace helped Michels claim the women’s division in a time of 38:36, three-and-one-half minutes ahead of runner-up Katie Thede, 23, or Salem. 

In the men’s 10K, Tyler Dudley, 22, of Salem cruised to 35:10 overall win. “I took it easy the first two miles because I didn’t want it to be painful the last two,” said Dudley who recently graduated from Whitworth University.  “I was behind a pack of four runners up until we split off on the 10K course.  I then looked back every now and then not knowing who could do what and when.” He ended up finishing over a minute ahead of Rafael Orozco, 49, of Wilmington, California. 

In the 3K race, Becca Tabor, 18, of Stayton outpaced Susan Brainard, 50, of Salem with a time of 12:53 for the women’s crown.  The Santiam Memorial Hospital employee and women’s winner from previous years logged a time of 13:47.  “Me and my little brother were running together for the first part, then he told me to go ahead,” said Tabor, a recent Regis High School graduate.  “I didn’t know I was the first female until someone told me at the finish line.” 

The men’s 3K was taken by Chris Yorges, 46, of Eugene in 10:40.  He was seven seconds ahead of Scott Hadden, 44, of Salem. 

Ages of participants ranged from four-years-old to 73 coming from 26 cities and seven states.  The weather was sunny and in the low 60’s.  Both distances began by circling the NORPAC plant on city streets.  The 10K then broke off on to Gardener Avenue and extended out Gold Lane and back. 

The runs and walk were sponsored by the Stayton Road Runners Club, a loose knit community organization which has promoted fitness and organized events in the Stayton area for 30 years.  Packs of runners can be seen daily traversing the roads in and around Stayton. 

Net proceeds were split between the running club and National Kidney Foundation (NKF).  The NKF battles chronic kidney diseases – diseases which affects 1 in 9 Americans with another 1 in 9 at increased risk. 

The events began as the Blue Grass Run in 1983.  It was part of Stayton’s former Blue Grass Festival.  With the demise of the festival, the runs and walks shifted to a 4th of July event in 1989.  Among the organizations which have benefited from the runs and walks include the Lion’s Club SightFirst Program, AFS Intercultural Programs and the Kidney Foundation. 

Ribbons were awarded to the top 3 male and female finishers in five-year age groups.

Drawings were made available courtesy of Gallagher’s Fitness Resources of Salem.



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