Record turnout for half marathon

A new women’s course record and a strong turnout highlighted Saturday’s Bald Peak Half Marathon.

Matthieu Paquet, of Campbell, Calif., was the overall winner of the third annual event, staged on a challenging course in rural Hillsboro, with the start and finish lines at Hagg’s Tree Farm. The 26-year-old finished in 1 hour, 26 minutes, 29 seconds.

Kristin Lesseig was not only the top women’s finisher, but she was also fourth overall in 1:36:31. The 48-year-old from Vancouver, Wash., easily came in under Megan Liston’s 1:42:19 course record from 2012. Runner-up Kelly Chang, 40, of Portland, also broke the course record with a time of 1:38:20.

The top male masters finisher (40 and older) was Portland resident Richard Bae, 42, who finished in 1:32:36. The top finisher from western Washington County was Hillsboro’s Michael Allen, 41, who was 11th overall in 1:39:20. Hillsboro also had the top western Washington County woman in Jodi Anderson, 41, who took 50th overall in 2:00:11.

A total of 214 runners finished this year’s race, up from 148 last year and 93 in 2012.

All-comers track meets on tap

July is nearly here, and that means it’s almost time for the annual Hillsboro all-comers track meets series put on by the City of Hillsboro Park & Recreation.

This year’s set of meets will be staged July 2, 9, 16 and 23, all at Elden Keller Track at Hare Field. Registration will take place from 5:30 to 6 p.m. the day of each meet, with events starting at 6.

Age groups are 6 and younger, 7-8, 9-10, 11-13, and high school/open.

The race schedule for the July 2 and 16 meets is as follows: 100-meter hurdles (11 and older), 50 hurdles (10 and younger), 200, 800, 50 (6 and younger), 400, 4x100 relay and 3,000. The race schedule for the July 9 and 23 meets has a slightly different schedule: 100 hurdles (11 and older), 50 hurdles (10 and younger), 200, 800, 50 (6 and younger), 100, 1,500 and 4x400 relay.

In the field, shot put, long jump, turbo javelin/softball throw and discus throw will be staged at each meet in time slots based on age group. The high jump will be staged on July 9 and 23 only. Participants get two attempts in a field event.

For more information, call 503-681-6120.

Annual running event coming up

The C.A.T. Walk & Fun Run returns to Hillsboro for the 14th year on July 4. This annual holiday staple, a benefit for cancer awareness and treatment, drew more than 1,100 runners and walkers to downtown Hillsboro last year.

The 5K run/walk takes place just before the Hillsboro Rotary Parade and is based out of the Civic Center Plaza at First and Main Streets.

The 5K race starts at 8 a.m. Race-day registration and check in begins at 6:30 and ends at 7:30, the same time as the one block Kids’ Dash. A cancer survivors photo will be taken on the Civic Center Plaza steps at 7: 45, and the parade starts at 10.

Registration, which includes a T-shirt, is $30 for participants age 6 and older. Kids age 5 and older may participate for free. Online registration is available at through 5 p.m. on July 2. In-person registration will be available from noon to 6 p.m. on July 3 at the Tuality Health Education Center Auditorium (334 SE Eighth Avenue). Registration increases by $5 on July 4.

For more information, call 503-681-1170.

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