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JUNE 3-4, 2017 full half walk relay 10k 5k kids marathon point to point course from Sequim to Port Angeles, WA An special supplement produced by Peninsula Daily News

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CONTENTS From the Beginning ................................................. 3 Course Map .................................................................. 4 Course Description ................................................... 5 Weekend Schedule ................................................... 6 Dedicated Volunteers .............................................. 7 15 Years and Running .............................................. 8 Kids Marathon ............................................................ 9 Team Efforts .............................................................. 10 A Spectator Sport ................................................... 11 Water Stations Fuel Runners .............................. 12 Supporting Service Clubs ................................... 13 Sponsors & Road Closures .................................. 14

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Letter from race director elcome to the 15th W North Olympic Discovery Marathon.

choosing the North Olympic Discovery Marathon to share your glory! An impressive number We look forward to hosting thousands of runners, of runners come back year family and after year due to the quality of all of our events — supporters the beautiful course; highto run, quality shirts; the unique cheer and medals; the full buffet finjoin in all of ish line food; and all of the the events amazing volunteers. on Saturday and From the moment an Sunday, athlete steps foot onto the June 3 and Jones Olympic Discovery Trail 4, on the and starts one of the Olympic Peninsula. North Olympic Discovery For many of you, this Marathon races, to the might be your first marainstant a volunteer puts a thon, relay, half-marathon, medal around their neck 10K, 5K or kids marathon. at the finish line, he or For some, you might be she will have experienced trying to achieve a perwhat has been called the sonal best or qualify for best boutique marathon the Boston Marathon. experience in the Northwest. No matter what your I want to thank everygoals, congratulations for one involved in making making it this far and for

this race weekend happen. Without you, we could not be celebrating the 15th anniversary! I hope that you fully enjoy your time in Port Angeles and Sequim, as well as immerse yourself into the vast scenic surroundings and the warm welcoming arms of our small towns. The entire North Olympic Discovery Marathon race committee and our army of dedicated volunteers will do everything to keep you safe and provide you with a memorable experience. I look forward to seeing you on race day.

Victoria Jones race director

From the beginning:

Race strong for 15 years and counting Darryl Wolfe was one of six volunteers at the very first unofficial North Olympic Discovery Marathon (NODM) meeting in December 2002. Founder Larry Little had gathered a handful of people and proposed creating a marathon event on the Olympic Discovery Trail from Sequim to Port Angeles. “We all thought it sounded like a good idea and could see it being a great event for the area,” Wolfe said. Collectively, members of that original group had competed in hundreds of marathons, triathlons, bicycle races and other endurance events. “We really felt we knew the difference between a good event and a great one,” he said. Wolfe has been a volunteer since the start in 2003 and the volunteer course coordinator for the past 11 years. His job entails making sure the entire 26.2 mile course is properly set up to ensure a safe race. Race day is a 12-hour, very laborious affair that begins in the wee hours of the

morning. Luckily, Wolfe has had many volunteer crews helping with course setup and maintenance over the years. In fact, there are seven core volunteers who have made it a tradition and have helped him every year. Mike Canavan, Shawn Delplain, Todd Clayton, Bruce Monro, Bill Isenberger, Rich Fox and Claudia Fox will be on the course very early again this year. “They are awesome and make the job pretty easy,” he said. Wolfe said part of the reason he volunteers is because he has greatly benefited from endurance athletics in his life. “Lessons I’ve learned as a competitive cyclist, and later as a triathlete and runner, have a lot to do with the person I am,” he said. “I think that every person who challenges themselves to an event like this comes away knowing themselves a bit better and is stronger for it.” Wolfe said he finds it satisfying to donate some of his time to something that has the potential for that level of personal impact.

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What’s ahead on the 26.2-mile race course? The marathon course begins at the Jamestown S’Klallam tribe’s 7 Cedars Casino overlooking picturesque Sequim Bay. The excitement of the course starts right away, crossing U.S. Highway 101, the lifeline of the North Olympic Peninsula. From here, the first mile on the Olympic Discovery Trail (ODT) is up a steady, gentle climb through woods that shade the course and keep the morning start cool. Mile 2 winds through more woods and into Sequim Bay State Park. Look for peek-a-boo views of Sequim Bay. Miles 3-5 are a straight shot along a swift portion of the ODT toward the pastoral town of Sequim. At Rhodefer Road, the course turns right and runs through Carrie Blake Park, the original start venue of the NODM. Miles 7-9 are flat, fast and well-supported by the residents of the northern neighborhoods of Sequim. This is a good stretch to hit your best stride and set a strong pace to carry through the first half of the race. During mile 10, the ODT crosses one of the iconic features of the course: the

Dungeness River at Railroad Bridge Park. After a severe storm in 2015, the Railroad Bridge — a significant portion of the ODT — was restored with environmental improvements to the river corridor. Miles 11-13 are a smooth roll through flat fields, with road crossings that allow for multiple opportunities for friends and families to leapfrog from point to point to cheer on runners. Mile 14 brings the runners through Robin Hill Farm County Park and down into riverbeds and over another scenic bridge. This bridge is wide, but be cautious, as it can reverberate if you’re in a pack of runners. A short uphill out of the riverbed leads runners back to more fields and flat cruising for the next few miles. Mile 17 sees the first of two big drops into creek beds. The descent into Siebert Creek is steep, and good downhill runners will feel like they’re flying here. A quick jaunt over the bridge, and the run up and out of Siebert is tough (it’s not long, but it is steep at mile 16). Try to keep your pace here, as there is a Water Station at the top of the hill to re-energize your run. The course then dives away from the

roads, and miles 18-20 ramble through quiet rolling hills. This is a good stretch to try to keep your pace up in anticipation of the 20-mile wall. Then there’s Bagley Creek. This is the toughest descent-ascent on the course, but once you conquer it, the run is really “all downhill from there.” The descent into Bagley is steep, and if it’s wet at all, most runners will want to slow down. The creek bed itself is gorgeous, tempting runners to stop and look around, but you won’t because you’ll want to push yourself up and out of the creek. Again, try to keep your pace here, but anticipate that it will be taxing yet rewarding. At mile 21, the course offers spectacular mountain views, and runners get a huge energy boost here with Water Stations and plenty of cheering. After this boost, there’s a nice, gentle downhill grade that rests the legs and helps you push for the finish. Right at mile 22, the course crosses Morse Creek on a beautifully restored and converted railroad trestle, and the temperature cools down considerably. There is about a half-mile jaunt toward the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and from there

to the finish, the course runs along the breathtaking and invigorating Salish Sea. With a half-mile toward the finish, the course passes Francis Park, and that’s when you can start to see the finish line. Kick it up from here, and you will reach Port Angeles City Pier with glory!

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Committee makes yearly race possible

2017 Race Weekend Schedule changes to the schedule will be posted at www.nodm.com

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Packet Pick Up

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Red Lion Hotel, Port Angeles All registered athletes attend

Jim's Pharmacy Health & Fitness Expo

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City Pier, Port Angeles

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Registration: 3pm at City Pier Open seating. Tickets available at the door. Open to the public.

Sunday Race starts Marathon Walk Early Start Marathon & Relay Start Half Marathon Start 10K Start 5K Shuttle departures: Walker's Start Marathon Start Half Marathon Start 10K Start Estimated Finish times: 1st 5K Finisher 1st 10K Finisher 1st Half Marathon Finisher 1st Marathon/Marathon Relay Finisher Finish Festivities Finish / Food / Expo / Beer Garden Live Music / Joy in Mudville Results and Awards Tent • Overall 5K/10K • Overall Half Marathon • Overall Marathon/Relay Massage Return buses to the starts: Bus to Half and Full Start Shirt exchange: 10K/5K Shirt Half Marathon Full Marathon

Time 6:00am 7:30am 8:30am 9:00am
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Location 7 Cedars Casino, Sequim 7 Cedars Casino, Sequim Agnew Soccer Fields, Sequim Deer Park Loop, Port Angeles City Pier, Port Angeles Buses depart from the Gateway Transit area in Downtown Port Angeles one block west of the Red Lion (look for Clallam Transit buses). Be sure to load the correct bus to your start. Buses are first come, first served and depart the area when full. Plan to arrive in plenty of time.

Access to the best finish line viewing area is via the Red Lion using the breezeway on the east side of the building. Bring a chair, blanket and find a spot in the grass to cheer-on the finishers.

Join us at City Pier and the Pavilion for the finish festival. Bring a chair or beach blanket to rest and relax and enjoy in the celebration of running. Enjoy the live music, participant food tent, expo vendors, the beer garden and exploring the beach and pier on the beautiful Port Angeles waterfront. Festivites are free and open to the public. Buses depart from the Gateway Transit area in Downtown Port Angeles one block west of the finish line. There is no return bus to the 10K start. Shirt Exchange will be set-up in the finish line area with Water Station voting. Shirt exchanges will not be made prior to the posted times.

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Every year, the North Olympic Discovery Marathon relies on a large group of people to make the event a reality. This ensemble works together to ensure racers and spectators alike have a safe, fun and rewarding time during the event. Race Director Victoria Jones Board of Directors Larry Little Michelle Little Joshua Jones Dan Welden Carrie Wanner Race Committee Becky Gunderson Brian Gunderson Jeni Little Jim Little Bill Pieratt Darryl Wolfe Kaitlin Buckmaster John Fox Lindsay Fox Chuck Perrizo Nick Simpson Taylyn Simpson Anna Swanberg Julie Haguewood Ken Simpson Heidi Simpson Michell Gentry Jeff Bohman Julia Anderson Loren Larsen Priya Jadeve

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Dedicated volunteers make the magic happen Organizing a marathon is an enormous undertaking. The North Olympic Discovery Marathon relies on more than 550 volunteers to help with everything, from putting out cones at 4:30 a.m. on race day to serving as course marshals to greeting runners as they cross the finish line. “The North Olympic Discovery Marathon is a destination event. For people to travel to the North Olympic Peninsula, we have to really be a cut above other races,” said Victoria Jones, race director. The finish line buddy system is one volunteer program that sets this marathon apart. Kaitlin Buckmaster, the chair of the Finish Line Buddies, said, “Participating in any marathon creates an adrenaline rush and an indescribable, accomplished feeling when you cross the finish line.” Each person who runs the race is met by a volunteer buddy at the finish line. The runner is given a sports drink and a finisher medal (marathon, half-marathon or marathon relay only).

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“Being able to cheer the racers across the finish line and celebrate as they tell their story is the best experience ever,” Buckmaster said. The buddy congratulates the racer at the finish line and walks with the athlete during their “cooling down” period, offers assistance if needed and generally helps in any way necessary. Buckmaster added, “I volunteer at the finish line to be the racers’ biggest fans as they cross and experience a roller coaster ride of emotions but wouldn’t trade in my finish line experi-

ence for anything!” Beyond the finish line buddy system, people and organizations all over the North Olympic Peninsula are finding ways to help with the marathon. The Peninsula Trails Coalition gives the course a thorough cleaning during the weeks leading up to the marathon. All volunteers receive a volunteer shirt and a ticket to the appreciation lunch. If you are interested in volunteering, please email nodm@ nodm.com.

The Whidbey Island Marathon, North Olympic Discovery Marathon and Bellingham Bay Marathon have continued their partnership for the third annual Salish Sea Road Race Series. This year, the series has added the Capital City Marathon. Individuals who register for any of these four events are automatically eligible for 15 percent off on the other three events. All series participants who finish at least three of the four events will receive a Salish Sea finishers medal and commemorative apparel at the Bellingham Bay Marathon, the fourth and final race of the series. Individuals are automatically entered in the series after they have registered for each event separately. The Whidbey Island, Capital City, North Olympic Discovery and Bellingham Bay marathons: combining efforts to provide the best road running — and walking — experiences in Western Washington!

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15 years and running

Two men continue tradition of NODM participation By Michael Carman Peninsula Daily News

When the 15th annual North Olympic Discovery Marathon begins in Blyn a few hours after sunrise Sunday, June 4, two Port Angeles men will proudly don the race’s No. 1 and No. 2 bibs and head west along the Olympic Discovery Trail. The number of competitors has increased, and the race course itself may have evolved over the years, but there have been two constants in all that time: stalwart runners Tom St. Amand and Tom Wahl. They have completed every step of every North Olympic Discovery Marathon — more than 1.9 million feet in total — since the marathon’s inception in June 2003. Wahl even finished first in one marathon, although not by his choice. Fellow runners and fans along the route are encouraged to lend their support to the marathon men as they travel the 26.2-mile distance to the finish line near City Pier in Port Angeles.

LIFE GOAL

Running a marathon was always a life goal for Wahl, a physical education teacher in the Port Angeles School District, and one he first acheived while teaching in Europe in the 1990s. “When I lived in Europe, a fellow teacher/coach invited me to join him in the Munich Marathon 22 years ago,” Wahl, 59, said. “I went on to keep running marathons in various locations in Europe. We moved back here in 1999, and I did the Seattle Marathon until the North Olympic Discovery Marathon came along. NODM is perfect, beautiful and well-managed, and logistically very nice.” Wahl’s first Discovery Marathon was run in memory of his mother-in-law and her fight and eventual death from cancer. After surviving a 2015 health scare that required him to run the race a week early because of an upcoming prostate cancer surgery, the deeply religious Wahl now runs the marathon both as a memorial to and celebration of those who have fought and are fighting the disease. “To those who are fighting cancer, in remission or anyone who is battling through tough times I want to encourage them with the verse I wear on the back of my marathon shirt, Philippians 4:13,” Wahl said. “That verse [‘I can do all things through

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Tom St. Amand Christ who strengthens me’] and others have helped me meet tough times in my life. “[Marathon running] has become a celebration of life for me and I want to celebrate with all who have the courage and willingness to prepare to take on this wonderful challenge.” His favorite marathon memories range from the simple: taking turns pushing a stroller containing the niece of Port Angeles native and ultra marathoner Rob DeCou to the emotionally stirring — being accompanied by close friends Buddy Bear and Steve Blakeman who biked alongside him as he ran the race early in 2015. “I couldn’t have done it without them,” Wahl said at the time. “Doing it this way, there’s no support out there, so they carried all my water and took care of me the whole way.”

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TESTING HIMSELF

St. Amand, who was named after his father’s marathon-running best man, got the itch to test himself while sitting in the dentist’s chair as a patient of marathon founder Larry Little back when Little practiced dentistry in Port Townsend.

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“I would hear stories of him and his late wife [Heidi] doing incredible things at the Hawaii Ironman,” St. Amand said. “I had just begun running 10-kilometer races in 2002 when he told me he was starting up the Discovery Marathon. I jumped right in, [and] with the coaching help from Marian Byse, I was on my way.” His most memorable marathon dates back to 2006, the first time he completed his goal of running a sub four-hour marathon. “I came close in 2004 but in 2005 I did quite a bit worse,” St. Amand said. “I had friends from the YMCA who would hopscotch the course and cheer me on. That morning, Ron Rogers told me he had a dream that this was my year and gave me pace results along the course letting me know I was holding pace to make my mark. I ran a 3:52 that year, I have a picture taken at the finish with my hands in the air, and I am smiling off to someone in the crowd. It was Ron.” Despite his triumphs on the trail, St. Amand doesn’t style himself as the example of marathon success. “I am sometimes taken back when I am introduced at running events as some sort of ultra-gifted athlete,” he said. “I was exceptionally slow in school as a runner, and all I did was take a mediocre talent and stick with it year after year until I reached my very average goal of a sub-

four finish.” Admittedly, St. Amand knows that he’ll never qualify for marathon racing’s biggest stage, the Boston Marathon, and he’s fine with that realization. “It’s not a gift. I cannot run through the point of exhaustion like the runners who finish an hour or more before me,” he said. “I don’t contemplate that, I am out here thinking that I am so very fortunate to be doing what so many have never dared to try. At one time it was half of one percent of Americans have run a marathon. That’s the one-percent crowd I am honored to be affiliated with.”

KEEPING MEMORIES

Wahl is so uplifted by the event he hopes to run in the NODM until his “last year of life.” St. Amand has some health issues that are complicating his running “I have back issues and a degenerative disease in my feet, so I don’t want running to compromise what I can do later in life,” he said. But he can keep the memories from myriad final-stretch finishes along the marathon’s final stretch along the Port Angeles waterfront. “It’s beautiful, cool and flat,” St. Amand said. “You can hear the commotion at the pier from a few miles out and it’s encouraging.”

A marathon for kids Kids are an important part of marathon weekend. Participants from all over the United States and many countries will come to the North Olympic Peninsula to run in one of the events slated for Sunday, June 4. These adults train all year long to be in shape and run the distance. But each year, kids have the opportunity to run their own marathon. The North Olympic Discovery Kids Marathon is a 1.2-mile fun-run for children 12 and younger. Many of the kids run 25 miles during the six to 10 weeks leading up to the marathon, setting their own weekly goals and tracking their miles on a mileage sheet. Kids earn a toe token for every 5 miles they complete; these will be awarded to children who live outside of Clallam County at registration. On Saturday, June 3, the actual marathon course is all theirs. “The kids will run across the same finish line as marathoners from all across the country and world,” said Victoria Jones, race director. Even if they have not participated in the 25-mile tracking, all kids are welcome to run or walk at the June 3 event. The event starts promptly at 4 p.m., Peninsula Daily News/Sequim Gazette

Tom St. Amand, left, and Tom Wahl show off their medals from all 14 North Olympic Discovery Marathons they’ve run in the past. This year marks the 15th marathon in which both runners are participating.

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Kids Marathon

(1.2-mile run) 4 p.m., Saturday, June 3 All kids are welcome to register between 3 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. at Port Angeles City Pier beginning at the toy boat near Hollywood Beach at Port Angeles City Pier. Kids will run on the Olympic Discovery Trail east to Francis Street Park, turn around and head back toward the finish line. The course will be monitored by course marshals for safety. Parents are required to sign a waiver for their child, and they are welcome and encouraged to walk or run with their child. On race day, families can come to Port Angeles City Pier to pick up an event goodie bag, T-shirt and official race bib number, plus participate in the warm-up. Kids who are not already registered are welcome to come between 3 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. with their parents to register. The entry fee is $12. Registration scholarships are available. Email nodm@nodm.com for more info.

The Norma and Gene Turner Kids Marathon Scholarship The Port Angeles Marathon Association named Morgan Politika, second from left, of the Port Angeles School District and Kalem Powell, third from right, of the Sequim School District winners of the 2016 Norma and Gene Turner Achievement Award. Both participated in the 2016 North Olympic Discovery Kids Marathon. They each received a $500 award to be used for post-high school education. The association will name two young athletes as award winners from the Kids Marathon on Saturday, June 3. Winners have participated in the kids marathon running program in their respective school districts and meet other criteria. Names of students who meet award criteria are placed in a hat and drawn randomly. Pictured, from left, are Norma Turner, Politika, Kristen Kirkman and Tavin Dotson from YMCA Youth and Government, Powell, race director Victoria Jones and Dr. Joshua Jones, chief physician officer at Olympic Medical Center. NORTH OLYMPIC DISCOVERY MARATHON ▲ May 2017

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Race running: Making it a solid team effort There are many ways to get involved with the North Olympic Discovery Marathon without actually having to run 26.2 miles — and North Olympic Library System (NOLS) has discovered one such option. For the past two years, the NOLS has had two relay teams made up of primarily library staff, and they are known as “Book-It.” Relay teams consist of two to five members, each running or walking between 3.5 to 6.5 miles. “It has inspired people who have never run or walked a race of any kind to lace up their shoes and give it a whirl,” said Jennifer Knight of Book-It. “When people think of libraries or librarians, their first thought is not always physical activity. I love the idea of library staff being part of the race because it challenge what people think about librarians,” she added. Race director Victoria Jones anticipates an all-time high of more than 30 relay teams this year. “The marathon relay is a great way to experience the marathon course without having to run the entire distance by yourself,” she said.

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Spectators welcomed to cheer on runners The North Olympic Discovery Marathon and Half-Marathon are unique for spectator viewing. We have identified several access points for spectators. Please follow the directions below and watch carefully for runners. The Olympic Discovery Trail provides a perfect venue for runners because it is not run on roads like most other marathons. Most of the run takes place on the trail, away from road access, but it is definitely worth checking out the great spots to give support and take pictures with beautiful backdrops.

MARATHON START

Start your runner off at beautiful 7 Cedars Casino.

RAILROAD BRIDGE PARK

Marathon only (Mile 10) West Entrance. Take Carlsborg Road to Runnion Road to park at the west entrance to the park. Take your camera. The new bridge is amazing.

ROBIN HILL PARK

Marathon only. Go west on Old Olympic Highway and turn left onto Vautier Road and then turn right onto Pinnell Road. Park at Robin Hill Park. Cheer for runners as they go through the park.

HALF-MARATHON START

Watch the half-marathon start at the Agnew Athletic Fields at 1240 N. Barr Road.

DEER PARK OVERLOOK (10K start)

Take Old Olympic Highway west for 4.5 miles. Turn right onto U.S. Highway 101, travel 2 miles west, and take the Deer Park Overlook rest area exit. This is a highly congested area; please use extreme caution. Your runner has made their final climb, and it’s all downhill along the water for the next 6 miles!

FRANCIS STREET PARK

As you enter Port Angeles, Highway 101 becomes Front Street. Follow past Race Street and turn right onto Francis Street.

With less than a mile left of running, stopping at this spot will not leave you enough time to get to the finish line after seeing your runner, but it is a great stop to give the last bit of encouragement.

FINISH AREA AT THE CITY PIER

Find a spot near the Red Lion Hotel, on the beach or on the grass and wait for your runner. The finish area is within walking distance to downtown restaurants, ice cream, coffee, etc. Stop by the Information Booth at the Race Expo and get a piece of chalk to cre-

ate a good luck message along the course for your runner. On race day, bring a blanket or chairs to watch the finish from the lawn at the Red Lion Hotel. The finish line is the best place for spectator viewing. 5K and 10K runners will cross the line between 9:15 a.m. and 10 a.m. The first half-marathoner is expected at 9:45 a.m. The marathon will see its firstplace finisher around 10:15 a.m. The finish line is most exciting around 11:30 a.m., when many marathoners are trying to finish under the 4-hour mark.

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The Port Angeles Marathon Association — a nonprofit organization whose mission is to give back to the community — is proud of the relationship it has established with many of the service clubs and school extracurricular clubs in the community. Each year, the marathon makes significant contributions to numerous clubs in exchange for their assistance with various race components. “I really appreciate how the North Olympic Discovery Marathon is able to give back to the community to other nonprofits that help support the marathon,” said Anna Swanberg. She and the Ranahan Pony Club set up the half-marathon start and make sure everything runs smoothly for all of the participants and spectators. In 2016 the North Olympic Discovery Marathon gave over $15,000 to more than 15 different services, clubs including the Ranahan Pony Club. “This kind of cyclical support is the foundation of small communities like ours and allows various organizations to continue,” Swanberg added.

Thank you to all of our service groups, including: Port Angeles Wrestlers Olympic Peninsula Youth Orchestra Hurricane Ridge Ski Club Peninsula College Soccer Nor’wester Rotary Mosaic Children’s Montessori School Lion’s Club Port Angeles High School Band Hamilton Elementary School Franklin Elementary School Sequim Band Civil Air Patrol Explorer’s Club Port Angeles Swim Club Ranahan Pony Club Port Townsend Track Club Peninsula Trails Coalition Olympic Peninsula YMCA Youth & Government Port Angeles Senior & Community Center Civil Air Patrol Parents Runners Group

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Special Sections - North Olympic Discovery Marathon 2017  

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Special Sections - North Olympic Discovery Marathon 2017  

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