Kids, teens, novices and seasoned runners enjoy good weather, course

by: VERN UYETAKE - Maya Glumbik has fun in the fountain before the start of her event.Two Lakeridge High School students and a Lakeridge teacher nabbed some of the top spots in the Lake Oswego Women’s Club Lake Run events on Saturday.

Lakeridge science teacher Kathleen Tarlow placed third in the women’s division of the 10K. The 10K, the longest route of the 37th annual Lake Run, kicked off and finished at Millennium Plaza Park, sweeping up Oswego Lake for a view of glittering water on a warm spring day.

“It was great to run along the beautiful course,” said Tarlow, 32. “It was my way to celebrate Mother’s Day — my husband and kids were at the finish line, and it was another way to be part of the great Lake Oswego community.”

Kelsey Richards of Lake Oswego, 39, won the women’s division of the 10K with a time of 39:17, according to the website of the company that timed the race, Uberthons. Richards is a mother of three Hallinan Elementary School students.

The second place winner, 30-year-old Kelsey Hilts, was from Tualatin.

The overall winners of the 10K, in order of how they placed, were: Aaron Beddes, 37, of Tualatin; David Rees, 45, whose city was not listed; and Ian Little, 45, of Portland, according to race results.

Tarlow, who completed the course in 41:27, said she wants to see more Lakeridge students at the 10K next year.

There was a good showing of Lakeridge students in the 5K. Lakeridge freshman Noah Belcik landed first place in the 5K with a time of 16:31. Sophomore Nicholas Rooney, 16, was hot on Belcik’s heels — just two seconds behind.

“I came in thinking I could maybe win it since I have been running cross country in varsity at Lakeridge, so I knew I was at that level, but I didn’t think I could actually do it,” said Belcik, 14.

Jim Weeks of Portland snagged third place in the 5K.

Several up-and-coming young runners ran impressive times in the 5K, including 12-year-old Justin North of Dunthorpe, who finished 10th overall with a time of 18:32.

A 6-year-old named Charlie Sander earned first place in the kids dash, beating children almost twice his age in the half-mile run for children 11 and younger.

Charlie’s city wasn’t listed on the results page. Second and third place winners in the kids dash were not listed.

More than 1,200 runners took part in the event last year. There were more than 500 runners in the 10K, more than 650 runners in the 5K and 250 children in the kids dash. There also were many supporters and vendors on hand.

Plus, the event will help many more people. The results weren’t available as of press time, but this year’s fundraising goal for the Lake Run was $100,000, about $78,000 more than last year. The money supports needy families and young, local scholars.

Lake Oswego Women’s Club funds benefit groups such as The Children’s Center in Clackamas County, a nonprofit offering medical assessments for children in cases of suspected abuse; and Clackamas Women’s Services, the only shelter in the county for women and children trying to escape domestic violence.

The club also supports three $1,000 college scholarships per year for Lake Oswego and West Linn students who perform an exemplary level of community service.

“It’s a win-win because it goes for charity and gets kids active and gets everybody out and about out in the community,” said Richards, the fastest woman in the 10K.

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