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Berry Run 07 a family affair
MARYSVILLE Less than 24 hours before Fathers Day, Tom Lindgren and his dad, George, went out and reached a milestone together at the Strawberry Festivals annual Berry Run.
This is our very first race. Hes nine and Im 40. And I think I held him back, said George at the finish line for the Berry Runs 5k event as Tom shook his head in disagreement. The Lindgrens trained for the event on a treadmill.
The pair finished near the middle of a pack of about 90 runners who competed in the June 16 race at the Smokey Point Plant Farm.
When asked if they would race together again, Tom nodded as his dad said, Definitely. But this time Ill give him a run for his money.
The holiday may have been on other participants minds as the Lindgrens were not the only racers to make a family event of the Berry Run.
Joe and Cynthia Hunhoff of Stanwood took their eight-year-old daughter Hannah along for the one-mile portion of the event. In the overall female category, Cynthia and Hannah finished first and second.
Greg Newberry, who placed third overall in the 5k with a time of 20:07, raced his son Paden.
Greg explained that though he runs regularly, his real athletic interests lie elsewhere.
Running is a base for what I do, he said. What he does includes mountain biking, hiking, trail running, tennis and pick-up basketball.
We do an annual ride over the Cascades, Greg added, estimating the bike trip to take about four and a half hours.
Mike Osotio finished the 5k race 18th overall in 25:35, pushing his 10-month-old daughter Camille in a stroller for the entire course, which is equivalent to about 3.1 miles.
Others, like Marysville-Pilchuck High School alum Adam Goulet, ran in solitude.
The former Tomahawk, who runs track and cross country at Eastern Oregon University, won the 5k race in 17:39. In addition to bragging rights, Goulet was awarded a first-place ribbon and a bag of Nike swag.
In the races first year at the Plant Farm location, Berry Run organizer Judy Anderson said that she hoped to use the location again and that she was pleased with the turnout of about 100 participants.
Were hoping for more next year, she said.