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Page B-6 - Mason County Journal - Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 Runner forms trail racing group First race this weekend have a limited number of spots available for each race. The Duck to Skok race has By EMILY HANSON two waves, each consisting of emily@masoncoun com 12 runners. Morgan said runners Nathan Morgan has should contact John Johnson brought a two-year-old idea to to register for the event. John- fruition, son is the primary organizer This summer, Morgan, a for the Shelten Harriers and 2012 Shelton High School is the co-administrator for the graduate, founded the Olym- Olympic Mountain Runners. pic Mountain Runners, an af- "There's still time to register, filiate of the Shelton Harriers, but I wouldn't wait until Fri- a nonprofit running group, day evening.," he said. "There are no mountain Morgan said he and John- or trail races in the Olympic son think of ideas for trail Mountains," Morgan said. "So races while they run together. I wanted to put together this They haven't chosen the next group." race location yet, but Morgan "I wanted to put together said he'd like to host a 20-mile mountain races, which are race on Mount Jupiter -- a big in the Cascades but not peak on the eastern side of the around here," Morgan said. Olympic Mountains. "We're looking at doing races "I'm also hoping to put on a every month or so." long run on Sundays once or That starts this weekend twice a month," he said. with the Duck to Skok 52K Morgan, a civil-engineer- beginning at 7 a.m. Saturday ing student at Saint Martin's at the Duckabush River. University in Lacey, said he "It's a 52K trail race; some has an interest in environ- would call it an ultra race," mental engineering and that's Morgan said. led to another goal for the From the lower Duckabush Olympic Mountain Runners. trailhead, runners will cross "I'm interested in protecting terrain to the north fork of the the Olympics, and I want to do Skokomish River and fmish at volunteer trail maintenance Staircase at Lake Cushman. about once a month," he said. Morgan said most run- "That probably won't start un- ners will camp at Staircase til September. A lot of these or nearby. Shuttles will take trails aren't being maintained them to the start of the trail and are basically going away." race. For more information "My thing is that I want to about the Olympic Mountain keep the races cheap and low- Runners and upcoming races, key, and try not to make it too find its Facebook page, named huge,'he said. Olympic Mountain Runners That's why he plans to on Facebook. Journal photo by Emily Hanson Shelton's Harley Somers sends the ball over the net Saturday during the Shelton Outdoor Pickleball Tournament on Railroad Avenue. Somers played with Shelton's Mike Colton as his partner, and the team finished in fourth place. Food, money collected at pickleball tourney By EMILY HANSON of Railroad Avenue, donated dominated the bracket. Ter- emily@masoncoun~com about 100 pounds of food to ry Gregg and A1 Brotche Saint's Pantry Food Bank in claimed the first-place title, Shelton pickleball players Shelton. while Craig Johnson and and fans helped to provide "I was happy with the tour- Ken Roberts finished in sec- food for their community this nament," organizer Mike O1- ond place. weekend, sen said. "There was an aver- Steve Evander and Da- At the first Shelton Out- age of 25 to 30 folks watching, vid Brotche took third. Mike door Pickleball Tournament, and all the players liked the Colton and Harley Somers 10 teams competed for brag- tournament. We had lots ofrounded out the top four ging rights knowing their comments like, 'This is cool,' teams after the single-elimi- entrance fees -- about $400 and, Wow, you need to do this nation playoffs. -- were being donated to the again.'" "We're definitely going to Shelton Schools Backpack The tournament started plan earlier for a bigger tour- Program. with 10 rounds to seed allnament next year," Olsen In addition, spectators ofthe teams into the playoff said. "Hopefully, it will be the the tournament, which played bracket. When all was said start of something that'll put across four lanes of two blocks and done, four Shelton teams Shelton on the map." iiiiiiii!iiiii!?iii:ii!i ................ Journal welcomes service nonprofit organi tions and families. rds Projects Volunteers Mason Coun and Belfair Herald !i!iiiiiii!i!iii:ii!i!! d photos welcome. news@masoncoun com ................................ J