Saturday, July 6, 2013
Runners and walkers turned out in full force for this year’s Kollas-Cranmer Memorial Run on July 4, breaking not only attendance records, but also posting some of the fastest times in the history of the event, which started in the early 1970s.
Mary Gumm, who has been organizing the race for the past 15 years, said 356 runners and 138 walkers registered for the 7.4-mile race, which starts at the fire hall in Odell and finishes in Jackson Park in Hood River. That marked a total increase of 25 participants compared to last year’s race.
The hot, sunny weather didn’t seem to bother runners as course record after course record fell.
“More records were set this year than any other year,” said Gumm. “In 2002, we had perfect weather and Ahrlin Bauman set the overall fastest time of 37:18. A total of four records were set that day. This year, five new records were set.”
According to the unofficial results, Andy Bennison, Yonny Castillo (who won last year’s race) and Samuel Cordell (second in 2012) were the top three male finishers, with times of 39:46, 42:51, and 42:54, respectively. For women, Gwen Thomas, Kayla Lloyd and Marcy Scheiber were the top finishers, with respective times of 43:59, 48:24, and 49:09. More results will be available on the race’s website at www.kollascranmerrun.webs.com.
The following records were set in this year’s race:
Female overall and female age 30-39: Records were set in both categories by Gwen Thomas with a time of 43:59. These records were previously set by Marti Schepsis with her time of 44:01 in the 1993 race.
Female grades 1-5: Record was set this year by Grace Neal with a time of 55:52, upsetting the record held by Stephanie Nelson of 1:04:03, which was set in 1983.
Female age 50-59: Record was set this year by Madeline Sellers with a time of 51:09, upsetting her own record of 52:53, which was set in 2009.
Male age 60+: Record was set this year by Don Menard with a time of 51:15, upsetting the record held by Jack Rademaker of 52:27 set in 1992.
Gumm added that one of the highlights of this year’s event was the participation of Philip Kollas and Charlie Cranmer, who were “representing their family names in the event.” The run is named after Joe Kollas and Jerry Cranmer, who were regular race participants before their passing.
Gumm wanted to thank the Hood River Wrestling team for volunteering at the event and expressed gratitude for the “generosity of all those that donated extra money to the Hood River Wrestling team.”
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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"
Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge