The first of what is expected to be many Buckley to Orting (B&O) Half Marathons has come and gone. On Saturday, July 27th, 2013, a total of 110 people made their way through the 13.1 mile, scenic course. Here is a list of the top finishers by category for the event.
- Female – 17 years of age and under
Samantha Patterson from Puyallup in 1 hour 38 minutes
- Female – 18 to 39 years of age
Brittany Hodgson from Tacoma in 1 hour 35 minutes
- Female Masters
Lanette Blume from Tacoma in 1 hour 44 minutes
- Female Super Masters
Phyllis Welker from Tacoma in 2 hours 30 minutes
- Male – 18 to 39 years of age
Mike Stone from Graham in 1 hour 19 minutes
- Male Masters
Doug Stucki from Auburn in 1 hour 37 minutes
- Male Super Masters
John Selby from Tacoma in 2 hours 5 minutes
We received lots of kudos from the runners, who thought the course was wonderful, the race was well run, and were going to tell friends and fellow running club members about the race.
We also had a mother with a stroller do the entire 13.1 miles, with her small son running a good portion of the run as well!
Next year’s race will be better than ever, the bugs should be worked out with the volunteers, and the Pierce County 4X4 Search and Rescue is ready, willing, and able to assist again!
The Coalition has renewed my contract to direct next year’s races, and I am excited to begin the process once again toward making the Rainer to Ruston Rail-Trail Relay and Ultra (R2R) and the B&O Half Marathon better than they have ever been.
I want to thank all of the great volunteers we had for the B&O, because without them, the race would not have been as great as it was. We had over 100 participants, and if we do it right, we will have over 300 next year. In the next few months, the race committee will be getting together and will need Coalition members to step forward and take control of certain committees to make the races as great as they can be.