|From the 'Daily-Record'
September 29, 2003
"A Day of Recreation"
"it was a beautiful day for a family ride'
By ROB OLLIKAINEN
"It was a beautiful day for a family ride," said Sean Kelleher of Ellensburg, who rode a tandem bike with her daughter Kilauren. "I'm glad they added a bike ride this year."
The Daily Record Run & Ride raised $780 for the United Way of Kittitas
The run portion was derived in part from the Atwana Run. It followed the same 10-kilometer route as the Atwana Run along Riverbottom Road, but differed in the sense that there was also a scenic bicycle ride. It offered a choice for participants to do one or the other.
The Run & Ride events finished at the park's Carey Lake parking lot in time for the start of the 2003 Community Celebration, which featured food, games and live entertainment, and culminated with the Kittitas Valley Community Hospital Duck Derby.
"I think it went great," said Jim Baunsgard, event organizer and executive director of the United Way of Kittitas County. "There is a strong interest to do it again next year. Thanks to Rich Unrah at EHS and the Daily Record people for their participation. The folks in this town really jump in to help."
The Community Celebration was sponsored by the Ellensburg Parks & Recreation Department, the Kittitas Valley Community Hospital and the Daily Record.
Cyclists opened the day with a 28.6-mile scenic ride in the area between the Yakima River and the Manastash Ridge. There was also a 9-mile option for youngsters and less eager riders.
"It was a good ride," said Scott Iwata, a senior at Central Washington University. "There were some areas of hills, but it wasn't too bad. The traffic was light and the drivers were very respectful."
Iwata planned on doing the 28.6-mile loop but veered back about halfway to make it a 13-mile ride. He was on a mountain bike, which slows down a rider because of its lower gears and greater tire friction than a road bike. Iwata's friends, Chris Vietzke and Mike Reilly of Ellensburg, completed the route and enjoyed the workout.
"The course was great," Reilly said. "It was well-marked, and there was virtually no traffic. It was a good way to see the valley and a good distance to do it at a pretty decent clip. I enjoyed coming back on Brown Road and being able to open it up a little bit."
"We weren't racing. We were just having a good time. It's such a beautiful day."
A majority of the bikers finished as Ian Brown crossed the finish line to win the 10 kilometer race, a 6.21-mile run. The Ellensburg resident clocked a time of 35 minutes, 54 seconds.
"It was a nice run," Brown said. "It was a perfect mix of flat and granulated hills. There was a vicious dog along the route, which made me run faster, but it was more of a workout today than a race."
On the women's side, Ellensburg's Josephine Yaba crossed the tape at 42:29 to finish fifth place overall at a 6:45 per-mile clip.
"I just wanted to go out and have some fun, support the local community race and finish strong," said Yaba, who is training for the California International Marathon in December.
Yaba and the other participants said they will strongly consider doing the Run & Ride in 2004.
Duck Derby winners will be listed in the Daily Record this week.
Daily Record Run & Ride
Ian Brown - 35:54
Craig Scrivner - 37:49
Jeff Hashimoto - 38:18
Tim Belding- 42:21
Josephine Yaba - 42:29
Erich Cross - 46:30
Dave Bridgeman - 48:04
Pat Miller - 48:04
Ken Zahn - 48:34
Thersa Hill - 49:32
Mike Gonzales - 51:07
Hartwig Vatheuer - 56:27
Daniel Timmons - 57:13
Lisa Berthon - 57:31
Danielle Koth - 57:31
Court Jones - 58:10
Stephen Schepman - 1:00:25
Virginia Nicholson - 1:00:55
Scott Ferguson - 1:01:26