With sunshine on their shoulders, nearly 1,000 runners, joggers and happy kids enjoy the 42nd-annual Lake Run

Tamara Vanderpool called it "the perfect day" for a run and, well, it's hard to argue with that.

Bright sunshine and cool temperatures greeted the nearly 1,000 serious athletes, casual joggers and energetic kids who gathered Saturday for the 42nd-annual Lake Run in Lake Oswego. Unlike last year, when Mother Nature did her best to dampen spirits with an early morning downpour, the weather was more of a help than a hindrance this time around — and it showed.

"We had a great turnout, and everyone was smiling," says Vanderpool, who chaired the event for the Lake Oswego Women's Club. "I heard great feedback about the course. People said it's one of the best and most beautiful courses we've ever had, and that it was very well marked."

Steven Short of Lake Oswego would certainly agree. He won the men's 10K race with a time of 34:25. Devin Cayton of Lake Oswego was the men's 5K champ, finishing in 18:29.

On the women's side, Melissa Hand of Portland bested the 10K field with a time of 39:50. Lorilynn Bloomer of Portland was the 5K winner in 18:41.

And the biggest winner of the day? That would be the Annie Ross House, a shelter for families on the brink of homelessness in Clackamas County. Vanderpool said Saturday's Lake Run raised nearly $40,000 for the nonprofit.

A sunny ending indeed.

— Sam Stites

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