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More than 1,560 runners participated in the Foot Traffic Flat around Sauvie Island on July 4.

COURTESY PHOTO: KARINA RIVAS/FOOT TRAFFIC - A runner high-fives a supporter during a race starting at the Pumpkin Patch on Sauvie Island.More than 1,560 runners kicked off Independence Day with races at the annual Foot Traffic Flat on Sauvie Island.

Half of those runners completed the half-marathon.

The annual run raises money for the Sauvie Island Fire District, which primarily relies on volunteer firefighters. Over nearly two decades, the race has raised more than $800,000 for the fire department and other Sauvie Island community groups, according to Foot Traffic.

Turnout for the 2022 event was roughly 50% higher than in 2021.COURTESY PHOTO: KARINA RIVAS/FOOT TRAFFIC - Runners prepare for the start of the race early on the morning of July 4.

In the half-marathon, 42-year-old Alexander Wallace of Hillsboro took first with a chip time of 1:09:35. Beaverton resident Erik Myers, 31, took second; Portlander Paul Balmer, 32, took third; New Yorker Ryan Elder, 27, took fourth; and Portlander Vincent Hamilton, 29, took fifth.

The quarter-marathon was the only race in which women finished in the top five overall.

Joshua Thorpe, a 38-year-old Portlander, took first. Eugene's Jennifer Lewis, 33, took second; Portland's Mackenzie Cox, 24, took third; Kennewick, Wash., 22-year-old Trevor Heath took fourth.COURTESY PHOTO: KARINA RIVAS/FOOT TRAFFIC - Runners cross the finish line at the Foot Traffic Flat race on Sauvie Island on July 4, 2022.

Scappoose 15-year-old Raquel Flores took fifth in the quarter-marathon.

In the marathon, Portlander Cooper Roach, 25, took first in 2:27:49, with a mile pace of 5:38. Portlander Grady Daniels, 23, took second; Beaverton's Chris Murray, 35, took third; Portland's Francisco Maya, 51, took fourth; and Stephen Stiegel, 43, of Elon, North Carolina, took fifth.

In the 5K, first place went to 48-year-old Chris Mitchell, followed by 15-year-old Treyton Marty of Winlock, Wash.; 17-year-old Portlander Stephen Cummings; 42-year-old Portlander Leo Change; and 40-year-old Paul Etter of Madras.


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