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3rd Annual Quinhagak Salmon Run


Racers in the 3rd Annual Quinhagak Salmon Run are ready to go! 126 children, teens, and adults participated in this fun event which featured a half-mile dash and a 5K race. photo by James Barthelman

The sun shone brightly over a hundred runners during Quinhagak’s third annual Salmon Run. On Friday, October 7th, 73 kids ran the half-mile race and 53 adults and teenagers participated in the 5K. The kids’ half-mile race began at 2 pm.

For the second year in a row, Justin Hill came in first place with a time of 3:16, 24 seconds faster than his time last year. Peter Andrew was one stride behind him for second place. Finishing third for the boys was Kurt Chadwick with a time of 3:33.

First for the girls was Venessa Hunter with a time of 3:20 followed by Pauline Roberts 14 seconds later. Shirley Carter, for the second year in a row with a time of 3:41, came in third. The named winners received a medal for being the top three finishers. All runners received a ribbon and bag for trying their best and completing the half-mile course.

The 5K started after the final half-mile runners crossed the finishing line around 2:15 pm. The course was the same as in past years. Adults started by heading down to the fish plant, passing the gas station and washeteria then heading back toward the school. They completed the 5K run by turning right onto the new airport road and running the loop back to the school.

Walter Galila won the race for the third year in a row with a time of 17:23, 30 seconds faster than last year. Nine seconds later, Paul Hansen crossed the finish line. Chris Nicori finished third with a time of 20:34.

For the ladies, Mace Guest won for the second year in a row with a time of 25:27, three minutes faster than last year. Rebecca Wilbur came in second with a time of 26:40. Karen Sam with 27:55 came in third. The top three finishers for the 5K received a medal. All runners received a t-shirt and a bag.

Every participant, including Bob Cleveland who ran with his son on top of his shoulders, finished the race with a smile. Volunteers cheered as they helped record times.

Through the generous donations of Coastal Villages Region Fund (CVRF) and Native Village of Kwinhagak (NVK), participants received a T-shirt, a bag filled with water bottles, animal crackers, juice and pens.

Linda Hansen drew the winning picture representing the Salmon Run’s logos for this year’s race. The Salmon Run would not be a great success without the generosity of CVRF, NVK, Quinhagak School, volunteers and participants. Thank you for showing our community the joys of running and walking. Quyana to all! I am looking forward to another successful Salmon Run race next fall.

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