Port Angeles: Spokane runner easily wins Olympic Medical Center 10K

PORT ANGELES — Chris Morlan of Spokane blew the field away to easily win the first Olympic Medical Center 10-kilometer road race Sunday.

Morlan, a veteran runner who races for money, outshined the local athletes while the real drama was Port Angeles Police Chief Tom Riepe and a running pal using women’s winner Rebecca Payne as a rabbit to break the 40-minute mark for the first time.

Payne, of Sequim, won her second local race of the year, holding off Forks High School track sensation Emily Perkins. Payne earlier won the Sequim Runoff.

While in the 5K race, it was the “old” coach teaching his students a thing or two about competitive racing.

Port Angeles High School track and cross country coach Kieran Mahoney, 29, won that event while several of his Roughrider runners finished right behind him.

“The wise old crow got them,” Mahoney said with a smile.

Full details appear in today’s Peninsula Daily News, on sale through Clallam and Jefferson counties. Or click onto “subscribe” to order your copy via U.S. mail.

More in News

Seattle hospital to refuse some patients due to capacity

Harborview Medical Center in Seattle will temporarily… Continue reading

PHOTO BY: Susan Doupé
CAPTION: Priya Jayadev is the new executive director for Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County.
New executive director for Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County

Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County has hired Supriya “Priya” Jayadev as its… Continue reading

Steve Mullensky/for Peninsula Daily News
The Port Townsend City Council seeks to sell the Cherry Street property that had been barged over from Canada  five years ago to become affordable housing.
Port Townsend aims to sell Cherry Street housing project

Stalled for years, affordable housing project all but adandoned

Layla Franson, 15, and Jackson, her 10-year-old Quarter Horse, are competing in 4H at the Jefferson County Fair this weekend. Like many counties across the state, Jefferson County has seen a decline in the numbers of youths enrolled in 4H after the COVID lockdown and is actively seeking to reboot its program. (Paula Hunt/Peninsula Daily News)
Jefferson County Fair back after two-year hiatus

4H looks for bounceback after restrictions eased

Housing, opioids topics at county meetings

Meetings across Clallam, Jeffersom counties

Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News
Fair Queen Allison Pettit, front, and Queen's Court Sophia Lawson, shown on Aug. 6 on their parade float in the Joyce Daze Wild Blackberry Festival, will preside over the Clallam County Fair starting on Thursday in Port Angeles.
Clallam County Fair back in 2022

Four days of grandstand events, music, food and fun start Thursday

Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News
Scaffolding covers a section of the sidewalk in the 100 block of West First Street to support workers as they upgrade the the facade on Lee Plaza.
Affordable housing units get upgrades

Scaffolding in downtown Port Angeles evidence of one of several PHA projects

Lower Dungeness: Towne Road and Levee Trail closed

Towne Road and the adjacent Dungeness Levee Trail are currently… Continue reading

Most Read