Runners cross the starting line during the Elwha Bridge 5K/10K Run, the first race in the second annual Run the Peninsula series. Women’s 10K winner Lauren Larson of Port Angeles is at far left, while male 5K winner Colby Ellefson and male 10K winner John Mauro of Port Townsend are at right. (EnMotive Photography)

Runners cross the starting line during the Elwha Bridge 5K/10K Run, the first race in the second annual Run the Peninsula series. Women’s 10K winner Lauren Larson of Port Angeles is at far left, while male 5K winner Colby Ellefson and male 10K winner John Mauro of Port Townsend are at right. (EnMotive Photography)

RUNNING: Elwha Bridge Run a smash success

635 participants for first race in Run the Peninsula series

PORT ANGELES — Port Angeles High School junior long-distance runner Lauren Larson cruised to victory in the women’s 10-kilometer race in The Elwha Bridge Run on Saturday, winning with a time of 38 minutes, 4 seconds.

Larson has recorded three top-10 finishes at the Class 2A State Cross Country Championships in her high school career, finishing fifth last November.

Port Townsend runner John Mauro turned in the fastest overall time to win the men’s 10K race in 36:09, an average of 5:50 per mile.

Sequim Middle School eighth grader Colby Ellefson turned in the top time in the men’s 5K in 18:46. Silverdale’s Paetyn Price claimed the women’s 5K with a time of 21:58.

A total of 635 participants took part in Saturday’s race held along the Olympic Discovery Trail just west of Port Angeles, according to race director Victoria Jones.

The Elwha Bridge Run, sponsored by the Peninsula Daily News and the Sequim Gazette and presented by the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, is part of a five-race series put together by the Port Angeles Marathon Association, which also manages the North Olympic Discovery Marathon.

Runners traveled from all over the Pacific Northwest for this event.

An additional 452 virtual racers pledging to run the race have registered through Sunday. The virtual race is still open for registration.

The second of five races in the Run the Peninsula series is the Railroad Bridge 5K / 10K in Sequim,WA on April 25.

Other races in the series include the North Olympic Discovery Marathon from Blyn to Port Angeles on June 7, the Larry Scott Trail Run with half-marathon, 5K and 10K courses in Port Townsend on Oct. 17 and the Jamestown S’Klallam 5K/10K on Dec. 5 in Blyn.

For more information, visit www.runthepeninsula.com.

For full race results visit, https://tinyurl.com/PDN-RTPEB20.

For race photos, visit https://tinyurl.com/PDN-RTPEBphotos.

Run the Peninsula/ The Elwha Bridge Run 5K/10K

Saturday, Feb. 1

Men’s 10K

1. John Mauro, Port Townsend, 36:09; 2. Naaman McGuffey, Port Angeles, 38:03; 3. Langdon Larson, PA, 40:33; 4. Thomas Hollenberg, Olympia, 43:01; 5. Joey Gamino, 43:16; 6. Brodey Ristine, 43:58; 7. Matthew Kanz, 44:33 8. Darryl Wolfe, 44:35 9. Johnathon Huffman, 45:26.

Women’s 10K

1. Lauren Larson, PA, 38:04; 2. Josie Paznokas, 46.31; 3. Amanda Jones, 48.20; 4. Audrey Haydu, 49.19; 5. Tonya Woodward, 49.33; 6. Erika Charpilloz, 49.35; 7. Katherine Braun, 49.38; 8. Amanda O’Connor-Chartrand, 49:42; 9. Bre Stoda, 52.27; 10. Josie Monson, 53:11.

Men’s 5K

1. Colby Ellefson, Sequim, 18:46; 2. Chase Claymore, 19:54; 3. Chris Baldus, 19:58; 4. Luke Atchley, 21:20; 5. Sawyer Atwill, 21:49; 6. Keith Lerew, 21:54; 7. Joel Sanchez, 21:55; 8. Clayton Ernst, 22:24; 9. Bryce DeLeon, 22:46; 10. Timothy Atwill, 22:53.

Women’s 5K

1. Paetyn Price, Silverdale, 21:58; 2. Siri Kushner, Bainbridge, 22:52; 3. Leia Larson, Port Angeles, 23:02; 4. Brooke Buchanan, 23:10; 5. Lucy Wait, Seattle, 23:31; 6. Peggy Zeeb, Port Angeles, 24:16; 7. Emily Ellefson, 24:51; 8. Hannah Wagner, 24:51; 9. Adrienne Christian, Sequim 25:08; 10. Kim Kummer, 25:11.

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