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Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 - Mason County Journal - Page B-1 Teens stay active in park page B-4 FLY ON THE SIDELINE Is it fall yet? The 90-degree heat Monday made me sigh as I sat at my desk, dreading the mo- ment when I would have to leave the comfort of my air-conditioned of- rice. It is also made one question spring to mind: Is it fall yet? I long for fall the way school chil- dren stare at the cal- endars By EMILY and HANSON clocks in June, ticking down until the first moment of sum- mer break. I ache for a reprieve from the heat the way many people wish and hope for a snow day. Fall is my favorite time of year. From the crisp morn- ing air to the afternoons smelling of warm pine trees to the rain showers that seemingly spring out of nowhere. There is very little about the sea- son that I dislike. As for work, fall is my favorite sports season. I've made no secret of how much I love football. The sounds of the pads slapping against each other, the rush of run- ning on the sideline to keep up with the action and the simple beauty of the game take my breath away every year. It also gives me so much more to do. As summer activities dwindle, I find myself twitching for the hectic schedule of covering three high schools' fall sports teams. I think back with only fond memories of even the worst times of last fall season: be- ing drenched on the sidelines for football and girls soccer, scrib- bling all over my desk calendar when boys ten- nis matches are rained out, going numb on gym bleachers between vol- leyball rounds. I like to stay busy and this week has been a slow one. Next Wednesday, the Shelton Highclimbers, North Mason Bulldogs and Mary M. Knight Owls will suit up and begin fall football prac- tices. The following Monday, the rest of the sports teams will begin practicing. And once all the teams are back in business, the fun begins for me. Journal photo by Emily Hanson ABOVE: Chris Carpenter, 33, crosses a bridge Saturday on the Big Creek Campground trail on his way to the finish line of the Beast of Big Creek 10K. Carpenter won the trail race with a time of 58 minutes, 11 seconds. BELOW: Chris Frost, 17, No. 364, Darius Burke, 18, No. 362, and Lindsey Nicolas, 18, No. 365, start the Beast of Big Creek 10K. Summit record set at fourth ennud Big Creek race By EMILY HANSON emily@masoncoun com For the first time in four years, there's a new beast in town. Chris Carpenter, 33, won the Beast of Big Creek 10K on Saturday, unseating three-time winner Cody Williamson in the event's fourth year. Carpenter, a first-year participant of the trail race, said it felt longer than 10tC "Going up, it was about 30 minutes to the top," he said. "It felt longer, especially judging by my time." He won the race in 58 minutes, 11 sec- onds, defeating 64 other runners. "It was a lot of fun," Carpenter said. "I'd put it in my top three races of all time, hon- estly." Carpenter ran cross-country for Shelton High School and in college, but hasn't run competitively in the past few years. "I heard about it from (Shelton Harriers organizer John Johnson) and I just wanted to run it," he said. Carpenter said he plans to defend his title next summer "if I'm in shape." Another first-timer was the first woman to cross the finish line. Lindsey Nicolas, 18, finished the race in 1:07:53. "It's hard to say because it was all hard, but I thought I ran pretty well," she said as she caught her breath. "It was harder than I expected." Before the race started, Nicolas and for- mer SHS cross-country teammates Lind- sey Goldsby and Courtney Burke said they weren't planning on running competitively. "I always say I'm not going to run com- petitively, but as soon as the race starts, I can't help it," Nicolas said. "I'm extremely happy I won. That's what I wanted to do." The event also featured a race to the Mount Ellinor summit. First-time Ian Fraser, 40, set a course record at 1:26:17, fmishing ahead of 21 other runners. Seven participants failed to reach the 4--hour time cutoff for the sum- mit race. Williamson ran the summit race this year with a time of 2:53, fast enough for fourth place. "It's always fun to win," Fraser said. He said he hadn't heard of the trail race until the weekend before, when he found a flier for it while hiking with his family on the lower Ellinor trail. "The way up is really hard," Fraser said. "From the top for about 1 miles down, it's just scary because the trail is steep and loose." He said little running is done near the summit because of the terrain. "It's a beautiful course," Fraser added. "It was nice to have the aid stations, too." Children under age 5 can run for free in fundraher By EMILY HANSON emily@masoncoun com The Coalition of Churches & Community will put on a new fundraiser this weekend. On Saturday, the organi- zation will host the Food for Kids 5K run and walk to bring in money for the food back- pack program. program "The coalition has a really"There's no more beautiful nate $1 of each entry fee to the strong emphasis on providing place than Theler, especially Theler Center and $1 to the Pa- healthful foods for the back- in the summer," Kelly said.cific Northwest Salmon Center packs and this fits right in with "We'll run or walk through the in Belfair. that," President Serena Kelly length of the wetlands trails Kelly said the coalition will said. and all the way around to the accept day-of registrations for The noncompetitive, un- top." no additional cost. timed 5K is set for 9 a.m. to She said the coalition is "A lot of people have asked noon Saturday at the Mary E. hoping to attract people to the if we'll do a T-shirt," she said. Theler Community Center andevent, which it has never host- "If we continue to grow and it Wetlands in Belfair. ed before, becomes a popular event, we'll The cost for adults is $12 "It's been a little slow going," see if we can do T-shirts." and $7 for children. Children she added. Kelly said the 5K i just a ages 5 and younger run for In addition to bringing in fun run to raise money for the free. Groups of up to five run- money for the food backpackbackpack program. ners cost $30. program, the coalition will do- "It's very low-key," she said.