Iremonger fastest in Twin Tunnels run; last of annual series is Thanksgiving Turkey Trot

The annual Twin Tunnels run/walk series continued last weekend with the second of events this year. The 5K and 12K runs drew 44 people to the scenic and vehicle-free Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail.

The first run of the series was in May and the final will be the annual Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day, scheduled for 9 a.m. Pre-registration is $15, day-of is $20. All proceeds benefit Mosier Community School. For more information or to preregister visit

Sept. 23 results:

5K Male

1st, Ben Iremonger, 18:48

2nd, Elkin Parker, 19:56

3rd, Clark Bryant, 20:36

4th, Erick Haynie

5th, Scott Bryant

6th, Zach Sabina

7th, Matoska Silva

8th, Jacob Vallie

5K Female

1st, Michelle Barajonce, 27:01

2nd, Michelle Sabina, 29:38

3rd, Heidi Ribkoff, 29:50

4th, Kim Granville

5th, Bre Granville

6th, Mary Sather

7th, Sandra Haynie

8th, Jane Anderson

9th, Katie Ortega

10th, Tanna Elliot

11th, Aurora Mears

12K Male

1st, Jarren Seal, 51:49

2nd, Clint Bogard, 55:03

3rd, Brad Anderson, 56:28

4th, Tom Reid

5th, Rob Nuckoles

6th, Robert Altman

7th, Bob Fuquay

8th, Jarrett Altman

9th, Jay Scheldorf

10th, North Cheatham

11th, Mark Ribkoff

12th, Kyle Chaffin

12K Female

1st, Trisha Kepple, 54:50

2nd, Rebecca Thistlethwaite, 1:05:20

3rd, Nicole Bassett, 1:05:42

4th, Jenilou Graves

5th, Amanda Hoey

6th, Cyndi Camp

7th, Shannon Medcraft

8th, Glenna Fuquay

9th, Joelle Scheldorf

10th, Carly Borton

11th, Marintha Rising

12th, Jenn Bumbeiger

13th, Patty Cooper

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