Story and photo by Doug Petrowski
More than 160 runners and walkers participated in the inaugural Mountlake Terrace 5K Fun/Run on Saturday morning. The event, held in conjunction with Tour de Terrace, raised money for the three elementary schools in Mountlake Terrace.
Participants began the 3.1-mile course at Mountlake Terrace High School, then headed south along 44th Avenue West. The course took the runners and walkers west on 222nd Street Southwest, then south on 48th Avenue West to the southeast entrance of Terrace Creek Park. After a scenic portion of the course through the park’s main trail, the participants returned to the high school via 48th Avenue West, 222nd Street Southwest and 44th Avenue West.
The fastest course time of 16 minutes, 47 seconds was turned in by Brendan Franz, a 2011 graduate of Tacoma’s Bellarmine High School. Franz currently attends Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisc., and is a member of the school’s track and cross country teams.
The event was organized by the Cedar Way Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization. “We were looking for ways to fundraise,” said the PTO’s Molly Luna. “Someone said, ‘why not a 5K?’”
The fun run benefited from its association with the Tour de Terrace festival, occurring the same weekend, said Luna. As a festival event, the run was included in all the Tour de Terrace advertising and received assistance from the city’s police and public works departments. Event gold sponsors included Gabriel’s Fire and Red Onion restaurants, Cascade Elite Gymnastics, Homestreet Bank, Back to Action Chiropractic, Blue Flame Heating and Air Conditioning and MLTnews.com.