People throughout Lakewood, University Place, DuPont, Steilacoom and Fircrest will once again participate in the Roman Meal Sound to Narrows Saturday, June 9. The 35th Annual Run, organized by MultiCare Health System, raises funds for stroke prevention, education and treatment programs.
Dr. Jim Rooks, 65, of Steilacoom is a regular at the Sound to Narrows. A local ear, nose and throat physician for 18 years, he’s run this race at least 14 times. For Rooks, the Sound to Narrows is a nice race to do. An avid runner, he just won the Tacoma City Half Marathon for his age group and will compete in the Chicago Marathon later this year. There Dr. Rooks hopes to qualify for the Boston Marathon by finishing in less than four hours and 15 minutes. And while the Sound to Narrows is primarily a fun run for him, the cause is an important one because his mother once had a stroke.
Thousands of repeat participants are expected when the Roman Meal Sound to Narrows 2007 begins with the parade of military division races at 6:45 a.m. The 5K run and walk begins at 8:45 a.m., followed by the first 12K runners at 9:15 a.m. All events begin and end at Vassault Park in Tacoma, located at N. 37th St. and Vassault, just west of N. Pearl St. The 12K participants enjoy a stroll – or challenging run – through beautiful Point Defiance Park. The 5K run and walk tours Tacoma’s scenic West End neighborhood.
Sound to Narrows is a great family event. For the Corp family of Dupont, the Sound to Narrows is a chance to keep fit. “This is the second year we’ve run as a family,” said Donna Corp, whose husband Eric has participated for many years and is an avid marathon runner. Their son, Trevyn, 14, will also run. “We’ve made it a family affair for the fun and the health of it” said Donna.
In addition to the 12K and 5K events, a 1.2-mile Junior Shuffle will be held for children 4 to 10 years, and the crowd-pleasing Diaper Dash is held for those 3 and under.
Three kids from the Rutledge family of Lakewood will participating in the junior events. Josiah, 8, and Rayana, 5, will run the junior shuffle, then they’ll cheer on baby sister Noelle (pictured at last years event), 2, for her second attempt to win the Diaper Dash.
“I was overweight when growing up and struggled with that,” said mom Becki Rutledge. “Training for the Sound to Narrows is a fun way to be active and gives us a goal to shoot for.”
The Sound to Narrows is also a way for the Rutledge kids to view their progress. “We keep their race numbers and write their times on the back so they can see improvement each year,” said Becki.
For more information, visit www.soundtonarrows.org. Race brochures are available at Wells Fargo Bank locations throughout the region.