PHOTOS/RESULTS: Under soaking, soggy skies, Cove to Clover shines through

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17-year old Marques Chacon leads his twin brother Matthew at the top of Snake Hill at Sunday’s Cove to Clover race. Marques went on to win the race with a time of 18:12.

Story & Photos by Scott Schaefer

Under soaking, soggy skies, 468 hearty runners braved the dreaded ‘Snake Hill’ to run the Cove to Clover fundraiser 5K, with 17-year old Marques Chacon crowned the overall winner with a time of 18:12.

Last year’s top finisher had a winning time of 19:41, so Marques – who attends Evergreen High School – really picked the pace up.

For much of the race, Marques was neck-and-neck with his twin brother Matthew (we thought we were seeing double!), as well as with second-place finisher Kelly MacKay, the early leader.

The top female runner was 14-year old Emma Flood, who clocked in at 23:08.

The oldest runner to finish was Melvin Gruschow, 73.

The oldest woman to finish was Kathleen Vermeire, 70.

Of the 468 finishers, here are the Top 10:

1114Marques ChaconM18:1318:125:521771.71M Overall
2340Kelly MacKayM18:5118:506:042968.91M 21-30
3115Matthew ChaconM18:5618:546:051769.11M 17-20
4594Ben WoodM18:5818:566:061669.81M 13-16
5152Leo DonleaM19:4119:396:201568.22M 13-16
662Stuart AylingM20:3820:376:393865.41M 31-40
7233Erik HarangM20:5620:546:441564.13M 13-16
8436Steve PirotteM21:3121:276:552960.52M 21-30
996Bradley BodleM21:4321:396:592659.83M 21-30
10616Emile RollandM21:4821:447:003360.32M 31-40

Emma Flood, 14, was the top female finisher.

Top female finisher:

19188Emma FloodF23:1323:087:271468.11F Overall

Oldest finisher:

277229Melvin GruschowM38:5438:2112:227347.31M 71-99

Oldest women:

17164Betsy BackstromF33:3933:3210:496558.71F 61-70
205687Nancy EricksonF36:3334:5711:166757.92F 61-70


Some local celeb finishers include:

196King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg
208Highline Public Schools Superintendent Susan Enfield
209SeaTac Mayor/State Rep. Mia Gregerson

Here are some photos from the race, as shot from inside the Burien Toyota Pace Truck (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):









For full race results, click here.

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5 Responses to “PHOTOS/RESULTS: Under soaking, soggy skies, Cove to Clover shines through”
  1. Janet grella says:

    a tip of the hat to participants. This was a perfect day for many to turn into couch potatoes!

  2. Amp'd says:

    Nothing but RESPECT for those that ran in such Crappy conditions today… Everyone was a Winner… I stayed inside.

  3. Gilb says:

    Gotta give a call out to Matt Parker, who finished the 5K portion of the race in 22.22, after hammering out the SUP sprint start. Would have been 14th overall in the 5K with that time.

  4. Rob says:

    Great job runners! Lets give a shout out to all the volunteers who were out in the rain as well

  5. Ben Wood says:

    Actually, I was neck and neck with 2nd and 3rd place for most of the race. Marques was way ahead of us.

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