Watch out for Grace in 3K race.
Why should the guys have all the fun in Portland? Joanna Harper
, organizer of the masters women’s 3K the same day, reminds me: “On June 9, the Portland track Festival turns five. In addition to some strong open races, there are two races for masters runners. … The women’s 3,000 race will feature Grace Padilla
up front, an attempt at the W45-49 American record from Tania Fischer
and many other excellent runners such as Mary Thane
and Jenny Newton
from the Mountain West Track club in Missoula. Former world duathlon champ Liz McCullough
(formerly LizÂ Downing
) and Jenny Teppo
should duke it out for supremacy in the AARP eligible division (W50). However, the fastest female masters runner at the meet will probably be Kris Paaso
. At this point, KrisÂ is considering a runÂ at the open 1500-meter race, where she might be able to earn a qualifying time for the upcoming Olympic trials. She also hasn’t ruled out entering the 3000, and racing Grace, Tania and the rest of the “mature’ women. Either way, there should be some fast times and good races out of these women in Stumptown.”
Meanwhile, Portland masters mile organizer Dave Clingan offers this incentive just for fun: “I’ve still got some masterstrack.com T-shirts. Offer one to anyone who guesses the number of runners who will break 4:30 in this race!”
Here are men’s mile entries as of May 14.