2019 Newport Autumn Bloom 5K & 10K
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12th Autumn Bloom Qualifies Two for Bloomsday 2nd Seed
NEWPORT – Saturday morning runners from all over the Northwest welcomed perfect race weather and competed in the 12th Annual Newport Autumn Bloom 5K/10K Run. Autumn Bloom’s 10K officially qualified two runners for the highly competitive Bloomsday 2020 Second Seed. The race welcomed back five prestigious running clubs, Manito Running Club, Bloomsday Road Runners Club, Flying Irish Running Club, Spokane Swift, and Newport’s own Road Rebels running club. In addition, two youth runners (under 15 years old) placed within the top three in the 5K Overall category. 135 Participants registered for this year’s race.
Qualifying for Bloomsday 2020 Second Seed requires male runners to finish the 10K under 39 minutes and female runners to finish under 47 minutes. Newport Autumn Bloom qualifiers were: John Collins (00:36’19) and Steve Kirschke (00:36’42). Male Overall 10K winners were John Collins (1st), Steve Kirschke (2nd) and Walter Mueller (3rd, 00:42’34). Female Overall 10K winners were Abigail Busby (1st), Hannah Maple (2nd, 00:48’55), and Melinda Mullet (3rd, 00:51’49). Male Overall 5K winners were Heath Robertson (1st, 00:17’27), Christopher Miller (2nd, 00:21’12), and 13-year-old John Michael Maple (3rd, 00:21’54). Female Overall 5K winners were 13-year-old Anna Jones (1st, 00:24’26), Suzie Coffman (2nd, 00:25’08), and Jenna McGerty (3rd, 00:25’57).
10 K race winners by age division were: 10K Female 15-29 Years: 1st Place – Abigail Busby; 2nd Place – Melinda Mullet; 3rd Place – Alyanna Schild. 10K Male 15-29 Years: 1st Place – Stephen Storlie; 2nd Place – Richard Crosswhite. 10K Female 30-44 Years: 1st Place – Hannah Maple; 2nd Place – Juliet Kirkpatrick; 3rd Place – Brittany Ehrmantrout. 10K Male 30-44 Years: 1st Place – John Collins; 2nd Place – Zeke Barajas; Nick Ehrmantrout. 10K Female 45-59 Years: 1st Place – Wen Yu; 2nd Place – Annie Frederick; 3rd Place – Stephanie Moran-Kuest. 10K Male 45-59 Year: 1st Place – Steve Kirschke; 2nd Place – Walter Mueller; 3rd Place – William Thompson. 10K Female 60-69 Years: 1st Place – Linnea Carlson; 2nd Place – Cathy Comfort. 10K Male 60-69 Years: 1st Place – Paul Fitzpatrick.
5 K race winners by age division were: 5K Male 14 Years & Under: 1st Place – John Michael Maple; 2nd Place – Colton Adams; 3rd Place – Jesse Hammond. 5K Female 14 Years & Under: 1st Place – Anna Jones; 2nd Place – Divine Maple; 3rd Place – Alexis Miller. 5K Male 15-29 Years: 1st Place – Christopher Miller. 5K Female 15-29 Years: 1st Place – Terah Maple; 2nd Place – Phebe Maple. 5K Female 30-44 Years: 1st Place – Jenna McGerty; 2nd Place – Brandi Linder, 3rd Place – Melanie Endicott. 5K Male 30-44 Years: 1st Place – Heath Robertson; 2nd Place – Doug Miller; 3rd Place – Will Wu. 5K Female 45-59 Years: 1st Place – Suzie Coffman; 2nd Place – Julia Prevost; 3rd Place – Anne Wotzak. 5K Male 45-59 Years: 1st Place – Michael Haney; 2nd Place – Tim Richards; 3rd Place – Jeremy Lewis. 5K Female 60-69 Years: 1st Place – Cathy Wallis; 2nd Place – Pamela Belasco; 3rd Place – Rhena Cooper. 5K Male 60-69 Years: 1st Place – Michael Tonkyn; 2nd Place – George Wallis; 3rd Place – Doug Hammond. 5K Female 70 Years & Older: 1st Place – Karen Sue Matthews; 2nd Place – Patricia Curiale; 3rd Place – Jan Kirk; 5K Male 70 Years & Older: 1st Place – Roger Hickey.
The 2019 Autumn Bloom race committee, in keeping with a new tradition, bestowed another special annual award for the person who truly embodies the Spirit of Autumn Bloom year after year. The Spirit of Autumn Bloom, in honor of long time race supporter Danny Woelk who passed away in 2018, recognizes race loyalty, superior attitude, and competitive inspiration for all ages. Race sponsor and Newport City Council Member Keith Campbell presented the 2019 award to Newport resident and NHHS Laboratory Manager, Tina Batsch, who received a special plaque and her name engraved on a perpetual plaque displayed at Newport Hospital and Health Services. With each year, the Foundation will recognize a new winner who, like Batsch, embodies the Spirit of Autumn Bloom. Batsch created the first race route for NHHS Foundation back in 2008.
Three Officers from the City of Newport Police Department, along with Pend Oreille County Fire District 4 provided route security for race participants. Runners were encouraged along the route by bike marshals (Brandon Nokes, Keagan Stott, and Angus Hicks-Frazier) and more than 115 community volunteers including groups from House of the Lord School, Newport High School HOSA, Newport High School National Honor Society, Newport High School Fire Science, and Newport High School Cheerleaders. Miranda Campbell opened race day singing the National Anthem, and race emcee/deejay Keith Campbell fired up the crowd and welcomed them across the finish line. Newport Autumn Bloom Race Director, Cindy Campbell, and NHHS Foundation Event & Program Supervisor, Lori Stratton, masterminded another seamless race and are already planning for 2020 Newport Autumn Bloom set for Saturday, September 19, 2020.
This year’s event benefited local programs funded and administered by Newport Hospital and Health Services Foundation, including Healthy Kids Snack Bags and Reach Out and Read. Race times were verified by Across the Line Timing/Nomadz Racing Services. Links to final race times, as well as photos by race photographer Tim Hatcher, will also be available on the hospital District’s Facebook page.
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Be sure to visit our Facebook page for 2019 event photos by Tim Hatcher!
2019 Premium Event Sponsors:
Cindy Campbell, Race Director
Keith Campbell, Emcee & Route Security
Newport High School HOSA
NHS National Honor Society
(Advisor, Marie Hughes)
Newport High School Fire Science
(Instructor, Randy Wyrobek)
House of the Lord Christian
Academy (Candy Craddick, Principal;
Crystal Kreager, Church Admin.)
City of Newport Police Dept.
Fire District #4
Ray King, Official Starter
Jenny Cooper, NHHS Foundation Board
Gae Lewis, NHHS Foundation Board
Marianne Nichols, NHHS Foundation Board
Melanie Endicott, NHHS Foundation Board
Tim Hatcher, Race Photographer