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Audrey Ross, of Metolius, dominates the field to win the women's 10-K in the 25th annual event honoring former resident

TONY AHERN  - Runners take off during the Todd Beamer Memorial Run 2-mile fun run event. The 25th Annual Todd Beamer Memorial Run drew 101 entrants on a perfect July 4th morning.

The event is in honor and memory of Todd Beamer. Beamer was a highly young who grew up in Madras and was back in town for his sister's high school graduation in 1997 when he tragically drowned while trying to rescue family dogs that had gotten into a strong-current irrigation ditch. He had taken several dogs with him on a run near his home.

Beamer was a standout quarterback at Madras High School in the 1980s and at Eastern Oregon University. He was a teacher and coach on the Oregon Coast at the time of his death.

The July 4th run has been in his honor since 1997.

For the 10-K race, entrants are bused to the start of the 6.2-mile course, which runs from Grizzly Road to the finish at Sahalee Park. At the begging of the race, Dr. Bud Beamer, race organizer and Todd Beamer's father, gave a short but inspirational speech about the event being a reminder to dedicate ourselves to making our relationships with people a priority. He added that the run is not only a way for people to remember Todd Beamer, but everyone in their lives who was important to them that they may have lost or have let the relationship fall.

Dr. Beamer's address to participants has long been a hallmark of the event. After 25 years organizing the event, the Beamer family is stepping back after this year. According to their president, Jamie Hurd, the MADras Runners club will take the event over and maintain it as the Todd Beamer Memorial Run, continuing to raise money for the Todd Beamer Memorial Scholarship Fund. The fund has awarded a $1,000 scholarship to a local graduating high school senior since its inception.

As for the race, Dustin Miller, of Madras, was the overall winner in the 10-K, crossing the finish line at the park in 41.06. Audrey Ross, also of Metolius, ran a strong 42.10 to win the women's competition.

The race also included a 5-K, 2-mile fun run and a 6-mile walk.

In the 5-K Run, Logan Bocovich, of Madras, clocked a quick 16.22 to win the male division. Mylaena Norton, also of Madras, was the female division's overall winner, finishing in a fast 23.19 time.

Ethan Short, who had planned on running the 10K but missed the bus to the starting line, ran the 2-mile race instead, and finished in a strong 15.03. Short recently retired from the Marine Corps but is now joining the Army. Liz Russell, of Redmond, was the top female finisher in the 2-mile fun run, finishing in 19.38.

In the 6-mile walk, which kicked off the earliest, Caree King, of Madras, was the overall winner, crossing in 1:24.42. The first male was Collin Spannaus, of Palm Desert, California, finishnig in 1:28.07.

25 Annual Todd Beamer Memorial Run

Madras, Oregon

July 4, 2021

10K Run - Male - Overall winner: Dustin Miller 41.06; Female overall winner: Audrey Ross 42.10.

Female - 30-39: Audrey Ross 42.10; Labree Tolman 58.05; 40-49- Angela Harris 51.27; Jennifer Holcomb 1:01.9; Jen Beamer 1:04.01; 50-59: Sara Kollen 1:24.8; Mary Jo Brunner 1:09.53; Kristine Delamarter 1:09.55; 60 and over: Nancy Richards 57.12.

Male - 30-39: Jordan Beamer 51.01; William Ward 51.02; Hoyt Downing 54.13. 40-49: Dustin Miller 41.05; Tom Norton 49.24; Justin Bell 49.34; 50-59: Larry Zurcher 51.24; Doug Dunlap 1:04.29; Michael Baker 1:11.59

5K Run - Female - 13 and under: Mylaena Norton 23.19; Brooklyn Magg 42.48; Alessandra Norton 42.48. 20 and over: Araceli Elias 25.04; Ashley Debiaso 25.10; Natalie Richards 26.39.

Male - 13 and under: Tommy Norton 27.13; Neilson Currier 27.39; Luke Padilla 32.08; 14-19: Evan Powell 20.16; Oli Nilles 21.55; Shaw Stock 28.55. 20 and over: Logan Bocovich 16.22; Johnny Wilson 21.19; Brandon Searcy 22.31.

2-Mile Fun Run - Female overall winner Liz Russell 19:38; Male overall winner: Ethan Short 15.03.

Female - 5 and under: Haven Russell (in stroller) 19.26; Karra Culpus (no time reported); 6-10: Aralee Miller 23.21; Brooklyn Downing 26.30; Niko Kollen 30.50; 11-15: Zoe Kollen 23.46; Kayah Davis 30.52; 16-19: Hannah Holliday 23.44; 20 and over: Liz Russell 19.38; Heather Klos 21.26; Bekah Telfer 25.30.

Male 5 and under - Hayes Russell 19.30; Colton Zurcher 21.26; 6-10: Jacob Hurd 15.07; Raynes Russell 18.51; Corbin Searcy 19.32; 11-15: Nate Wilson 21.19; 16-19: Colin Spannaus 16.02; Jacob Hulsey 23.20; 20 and over: Ethan Short 15.03; Zach Russell 19.38; Todd Currier 23.19.

Six-mile walk: Female overall winner - Caree King 1:24.42. Male overall winner: Collin Spannaus 1:28.07.

Female - 39 and under: Joanne Boisvert 1:35.50; Chelsea Cashow 1:35.50; Jillisa Suppah 1:39.22. 40-59: Angie Madden 1:28.13; Becky Burchell 1:29.34; Lori DeJarnett 1:31.23; 60 and over: Caree King 1:24.42; Cheryl Lohman 1:33.37; Pam Hawkins 1:33.50

Male - 39 and under: Collin Spannaus 1:28.07; 40-59 Jim Gemelas 1:30.22; Raymond Shike 1:39.22; Mike Goggin 1:33.56. 60 and over - Isak Skorchodov 1:28.39; Rich Lohman 1:31.23; Pete Bicart 1:41.40.


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