Sports -- May 01, 2003

Published on Thu, May 1, 2003
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Run to the Border:
121 runners participated, funds raised for Girls on the Run

About 250 people turned out for the second annual Run to the Border last Saturday, including 121 runners.

Dan Persse, the event organizer, said the race was very successful in that it received a tremendous amount of local community support and awareness for the Girls on the Run program operating out of Bellingham.

�And on top of that, the race in and of itself was again a lot of fun for the kids and adults alike,� he said, noting it was great to see families involved in all aspects of the event, whether it was volunteering, jogging the 1.5 mile with their child, running, spectating, or mingling with the crowd.

The event featured a 1.5 kilometer fun run for kids under 15 and a 5 kilometer race open to anyone. Both courses started at the Blaine high school track and headed for Peace Arch State park. The longer run wound through Blaine�s downtown on the way back to the grandstands.

Persse, a Blaine elementary physical education teacher, started the Run to the Border last year as a way to create a community fun run event and also support and inspire the younger generation to be physically active.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Girls on the Run program, recently established, which uses running and workouts to help build self-esteem and teach life skills to girls in third to fifth grade.

Persse said he is already looking forward to next year�s Run to the Border, which is tentatively scheduled for April 24, 2004.

Race Results

1.5 mile run, Girls 6 & under: Natasha Zuther, Mandy Hayes, Kyley Barthow; 7-8: Huxley Smart; 9-10: Audrey Erhart, Hannah North, Leah Steele; 11-12: Alanna Steele, Ariel Fisher, Becky Letchworth; 13-14: Margaret Farlin, Julia Meaker, Alisha Fisher

1.5 mile run, Boys 9-10: William Giller, Theo Shearer, Torrey Daniels; 11-12: Nathanial Menot; 13-14: Dee Kean and Cody Barthlow

5 kilometer run, Girls 14-15: Alanna Steele; 16-17: Abby Norton; 18-19: Genevieve Granier; 20-29 Amanda Rogers; 30-39: Diana Robinson; 40-49: Bernadette Duffy; 50-59: Judy Sande; 60-69: Dianne Palmason

5 kilometer run, Boys 14-15: Sam Swanson; 18-19: Dan Balmer; 20-29: Andy Goebet; 30-39: Paul Clement; 40-49: Robert Schmidt; 50-59: Paul Wood; 60-69: Jim Clay; 70-79: Ernie Black

Shorts Shorts

Wrestlers qualify
Darrell and Andrew Price who wrestle for the Sons of Thunder Wrestling Club competed in the Washington state freestyle championships held in Sedro Wooley on April 26 and 27. Darrell, a novice weighing in at 120 pounds, finished in second place. Andrew, an 87-pound midget, also placed second. The two wrestlers have qualified for the regionals, which will be held in June in Butte, Montana.

Agent medals in games
A Lynden Border Patrol agent in the Blaine sector earned a gold medal at the 25th annual Arizona police and fire games, held in Tucson, Arizona.
Dante Moreno, a senior border patrol agent, travelled to Tucson and competed among thousands of other active and retired law enforcement officers from the surrounding states and around the nation in these games.
Events included archery, track and field, pistol shooting, weight lifting, and boxing. Prior to this event, Moreno had worked up to benching 490 pounds. He lifted 450 pounds at the game, enough to bring home the gold medal. Moreno, who said he was proud to represent the border patrol in Arizona, is also planning to compete at the Nevada Police Games this summer and the International Police Games next year.

Golfers head to Shuksan
The Whatcom Men�s Senior Golfers had a five-flight outing at Raspberry Ridge on April 25. The low gross for the whole field was Carl Peterson of Lake Padden. Birch Bay Village�s Howard Shagle had the 3rd low net in the 4th flight.
The next outing for the Whatcom County Seniors Mens Golf Association will be at Shuksan Golf Club on May 12. For more information on the Whatcom seniors golf and the rest of the year�s schedule, contact Loren Webb at 384-0950.

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