C2C2014RaceSS-17 And…they’re off! This year’s Cove to Clover 5K started at the Normandy Park Cove beach.[/caption] Under typically soggy northwest skies, the 2014 Cove to Clove Classic 5K fundraiser race shined on the area on Sunday, March 16, filling the streets with happy runners, families, dogs and even a Unicorn Unicycle. This year’s run was a pretty competitive one that turned into a two-man race between 54-year old Ray Prentice and 23-year old Jerome Damey at the bottom of Snake Hill. Prentice held the lead up until around the 1-mile remaining marker, when Damey, who was “drifting” him, passed by and never looked back. “A week and a half ago, I had pneumonia,” Damey told The B-Town Blog after the race. “I practiced for this, but this is the first time I’ve run the actual Cove to Clover race. It was tough to beat Ray though.” Damey is a graduate of Evergreen High School, where he competed on the cross country team. Prentice has competed in numerous races and is a well-known local runner. The Top female finisher was Maryann Orwiler, 28. The oldest male runner was Wayne Long, 77, and the oldest female runner was Donna Richmond, 73. Winner of the Unicorn Unicycle division – and that division’s only entrant – was Kevin Williams. To see all results, click here. Here are the top 10 finishers of the race:

  1. Jerome Damey: 19:41
  2. Ray Prentice: 19:46
  3. Nick Baisch: 20:45
  4. Erik Harang: 21:08
  5. Kevin Bodle: 21:39
  6. Brandon TerLouw: 21:52
  7. Brent Norton: 22:05
  8. Joseph Walker: 22:06
  9. Nicholas Ankuta: 22:15
  10. Enrique Arroyo Arroyo: 22:18
Here are the Top 10 female finishers:
  1. Maryann Orwiler: 22:57
  2. Vanessa Potts: 23:44
  3. Julie Granahan: 24:00
  4. Emma Flood: 24:07
  5. Briana Hall: 24:13
  6. Karen Kukoda: 24:35
  7. Emily Mruk: 24:48
  8. Kelly Williamson: 25:41
  9. Lenka Bishoff: 26:04
  10. Erin Peralta: 26:30
Here are photos taken at the Finish Line by Michael Brunk (click images to see larger versions/slideshow): Here are some other photos by Scott Schaefer, several shot from inside the trunk (that’s right – the trunk!) of the Burien Chevrolet/Scion pace car (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):
Bagpiper Scott Lumsden, who’s played at the Cove to Clover race for the last six years, serenaded runners at the starting line.
Normandy Park Mayor Susan West helped start the race.
Before the start of the race, C2C Organizer John Nelson held a surprise contest – whoever would swim out to a keg floating off the Normandy Park Cove beach would win 20 free drink tokens.
Initially, there were no takers. Then suddenly at least two ran into the water…
Despite the cold, the lure of free drink tokens was enough to risk running into the cold Puget Sound…
…and finally, a winner of the 20 drink tokens! Let’s hope the drinks warmed him up…
As is typical of the race, those first out of the gate were mostly sprinting young men.
As usual, Kevin Williams rode his unicycle in the race, this year’s dressed up as a Unicorn.
The early leaders were Erik Harang, 14 (left), and Ray Prentice, 54.
Soon, eventual winner Jerome Damey, 23, was shadowing Prentice.
Damey kept Pace with Prentice…
…eventually passing him with about a mile left in the race.
As Damey ran towards the finish line on SW 152nd, a friend of his ran alongside, encouraging him.

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3 replies on “Under soggy skies, 2014 Cove to Clover 5K shines; here are pics & results”

  1. Why did you report the race times and not the ages for the top finishers and then the age and not the race times for the top women finishers? I find that strange!

  2. Big “shout out” to all the volunteers that worked hard to make this event possible! To all of you standing in the cold rain to keep runners safe, manning water stations, working registration for 2 days, awards, course crew, gear check, shuttles, some police, firefighters, data entry, website, art creation, publicity, etc. etc.
    Wanna help this year? Please when you see a Cove to Clover yard sign, take it and dispose of it. We can have them all gone soon. If you want to cut down a banner on your drive home, please do and return it to Bumbershoot Books on SW 152nd St in Burien.
    John, Race Director

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