SPORTS: Rhody Run takes off Sunday in Port Townsend

Peninsula Daily News

PORT TOWNSEND — Runners get set and ready for the popular 12-kilometer Rhody Run XXXV, scheduled for Sunday.

Sponsored by Port Townsend Marathon Association and Jefferson Healthcare, the race starts at 11 a.m. at Fort Worden State Park.

Day-of-race registration is 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on site while packet pick-up is from 9 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Sunday at the race site.

Also, the Jefferson Healthcare Kids’ Sprint for Health — free for children ages 9 and younger with heats for age groups, begins at 9:30 a.m. the the Rhody Run site.

Registration for the Kids’ Sprint is 9 a.m. at northeast corner of Parade Field.

Distinctive shirts awarded to each young participant.

In addition, there will be a Washington State Parks Centennial Salute at 10 a.m.; a Kim Seelye Jones Salute at 10:30 a.m., Building 11W; a Race Day Introduction by Jeni Little, race director, at 10:40 a.m., also at Building 11W; and pre-race announcements: at 10:45 a.m.

There also will be special recognition of Founding Race Director Pat Simpson; and special recognition of Boston Marathon participants entered in Rhody Run XXXV.

Post-race activities are from 11:40 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Finishers’ Compound. Awards are from noon to 2 p.m.

There will be cash awards to the top three men and women runners, and medallion awards to the top three finishers in each age and gender division.

The pre-race Dine and Dash event is set for Saturday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Jefferson Healthcare (Hospital) dining room.

Race registration packet pick-up of information sheet and race number will be available as well as race registration.

The cost of the carbo-based meal is $10. All race participants are invited.

Rhody Run course records haven’t been broken in years.

Tacoma’s Mike Layman has held the men’s record for 26 years, setting the mark in 1986 in 36 minutes, 8 seconds.

Kim Seelye Jones’ women’s record as held nearly as long, for 21 years.

Jones of Spokane ran a record time of 41:10 in 1991.

Go to www.rhodyrun.com for more information.

Last modified: May 15. 2013 6:02PM
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