Love is real: Dave Clingan weds before hundreds of friends
Dave Clingan, my partner in crime, found a new partner for life last night. He married Tricia Snell. Nearly 200 friends and family members celebrated their marriage with hoots, cheers and flash photos galore. Masters running buddies Rich Burns and Pete Magill also attended, and Bill Donahue of Portland, the freelance writer who brought Tricia and Dave together, treated the revelers to a reading of their introductory email exchange. A touching tune played on guitar and sung by Lucas, Tricia’s high-school son, thrilled everyone. He gave an amazing rendition of “Love is real,” written by John Lennon. The potluck meal and informal setting at Staver Locomotive (home to a scale-model railroad and catering business) was perfect for Tricia and Dave, who had both been married before. Dave’s son George, headed off to the College of Puget Sound this fall, also was present. This morning, Dave and Tricia head off for a week’s cruise in Alaska, where their love will melt the glaciers. Congrats, my friends. You won the biggest race yet.