Event draws about 120 participants

by: BILLY GATES/THE PIONEER - Runners were treated to stunning views of the Cascade Mountains during the beginning of the Todd Beamer Memorial 10K run Thursday.Before runners made the trek down Grizzly Road into Madras on a picturesque July 4, Bud Beamer wanted them to remember.

Beamer, the race organizer for the Todd Beamer Memorial Run, asked participants to stay silent for a brief moment before toeing the starting line, gazing at the Cascade Mountains set against a soft blue sky, and to think about the people in their lives.

“Think of the things you do for yourself, and then you die when you die,” Beamer said in a pre-race monologue, “but the things you do for others go on and on long after you’re gone.”

Beamer mentioned the 19 firefighters that recently lost their lives near Prescott, Ariz., and all the fallen soldiers fighting wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, as a few folks that should be remembered for their character and honor. He hoped the run would help people do that, as well.

The race is named after Beamer’s son, who died in 1997 while training for the Hood to Coast Relay, and all the proceeds from the event go toward the scholarship fund that bares his name.

The main event, the 10K run that began just north of Norton Cattle, on the Crooked River National Grassland, was won by former Madras High School standout runner Freddy Hernandez. Now residing in Nampa, Idaho, the former Treasure Valley Community College runner finished the 6.2-mile run in 37 minutes, 10 seconds.

Redmond’s Rigo Ramirez wasn’t far off the pace, finishing three seconds behind Hernandez in second place.

by: BILLY GATES/THE PIONEER - Runners start the 10K race on Grizzly Road during the Todd Beamer Memorial Run, held Thursday. The race finished at Sahalee Park. On the women’s side of the 10K run, Madras’ Jamie Hurd picked up her first race victory of the week, with a time of 42:21. She also won the half marathon at the Smith Rock Sunrise Classic on Saturday.

Jeanette Groesz, of Redmond, finished second, nearly three minutes behind Hurd with a time of 45:15. Tia Powell, of Metolius, was the only other female to crack the 50-minute barrier with a finish of 49:36.

The event also featured a two-mile “fun run” geared toward the younger generation of runners. Ross Lake sped across the finish line to win the race with a time of 13:35.02.

Madras High School junior-to-be Brent Sullivan was right on Lake’s heels in second place, with a time of 13:35.62.

On the girls’ side of the two-mile run, Yvonne Dougher, from San Diego Calif., took home the gold with a time of 16:44.

Madras’ Erin Rumble placed second with a time of 18:17.

In the six-mile walk, Madras’ Dee Poland crossed the finish line first with a time of 1:11:36.

The event drew about 120 participants said an event organizer, Amber Searcy.

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