More than 500 people participated in the Edmonds Public Schools Foundation’s second annual Street Strut held earlier this month in Edmonds and honoring Vic Bennett, a former teacher and cross country coach at Lynnwood High School.
The Edmonds Public Schools Foundation distributes money equally to all of the schools within the Edmonds School District serving Brier, Edmonds, Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace and Woodway. The nonprofit organization was founded more than 26 years ago by then-Edmonds School District Superintendent Hal Reasby to fund the budget gap between federal and state money for public schools.
The Foundation puts on the Street Strut to raise awareness and support classrooms and to encourage staff, students and families to be healthy, be fit and exercise in support of public education. It also serves as a way to unite all of the district’s schools in support of public education. “The children of our district are our future community; an educated community is a stronger and more involved community,” said Foundation President Debbie Bodal.
Vic Bennett was honored at this year’s event for his more than 40 years of service to the Edmonds School District. Bennett was a life-long runner and helped coach the cross country and track teams at Lynnwood High School. He ran almost daily up until the time that cancer cut his life short last November. “What better way to celebrate Vic’s life, then to run in his honor,” said his longtime friend Mike Shouse.
Participants took in the sights of the Puget Sound as they “strutted” the streets of Edmonds. Volunteers providing moral support and entertainment along the route included the Edmonds-Woodway High School Drill Team, Mountlake Terrace and Lynnwood high schools robotics team, and the high school cheer squads from Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace and Edmonds-Woodway.
After participants crossed the finish line, they visited the many vendors passing out free ice cream from Umpqua Bank, bananas from Costco, water from Walgreens and massages from the Health and Wellness Center as they waited for the awards ceremony to take place. Cash prizes were awarded to the top four schools with the most participation, and the traveling trophy will go to the school that places first. Donations can still be made by visiting www.edmondspsf.org.
The winner of the coveted traveling trophy, a golden running shoe and a $350 check, was Edmonds’ Maplewood K-8 School with 128 participants. Second place, a check for $250, went to Lynnwood High School with 63 participants. Third place, $100, went to Madrona K-8 School with 42 participants, while the $50 fourth place prize was awarded to Terrace Park with 37 participants. Ribbons were awarded to individually-placed winners in various age categories.
The Edmonds Public Schools Foundation would like to thank sponsors Running in Motion, Swedish Edmonds and Orthodontics Exclusively. Special thanks to the Hamilton Family and Lynnwood High School teacher Catherine Smith and Principal Dave Golden for their support.
Street Strut Results 2010
Female Overall Winners
Place Name Age Cat Time
1st Kim Sauther 32 18:57.0
2nd Megan Alfi 15 21:24.9
3rd Kelly Schwarting 45 22:50.7
1st Reilley Schindler 9U 29.27.2
2nd Sheri Setzer 9U 29:54.2
3rd Isabel Ong 9U 30:19.1
1st Amaelia Ball 10-14 24:09.7
2nd Sophia Nelson 10-14 24:14.8
3rd Hailey Kettel 10-14 24:43.6
1st Megan Alfi 15-18 21:24.9
2nd Shannon Davis 15-18 26:11.6
3rd Zamzam Hufane 15-18 26:11.8
1st Colleen Bryant 19-29 24.03.5
2nd Krista Hubbard 19-29 25:29.9
3rd Kristina Bodal 19-29 25:31.5
1st Kim Sauther 30-39 18:57.0
2nd Julie Roark 30-39 25:36.4
3rd Hanan Judeh 30-39 25:44.6
1st Kelly Schwarting 40-49 22:50.7
2nd Paula Temple 40-49 26:14.9
3rd Candice Springstead 40-49 26:19.5
1st Nancy Roma 53 23:31.2
2nd Lori Kutrich 55 26:06.2
3rd Susan Sellers 51 27:42.7
Male Overall Winners
1st Jack Griffing 16 17:18.2
2nd Quinn Massey 16 18:09.0
3rd Alex Ashenbrener 16 18:43.5
1st Ty Harris 9U 23:20.8
2nd Jaryd Rothaus 9U 24:29.0
3rd Dillon Sackett 9U 31:19.3
1st Joseph Mutuc 10-14 20:00.8
2nd Cole Conefrey 10-14 20:01.7
3rd Elliot Harrison 10-14 21.05.5
1st Jack Griffing 15-18 17:18.2
2nd Quinn Massey 15-18 18:09.0
3rd Alex Ashenbrener 15-18 18:43.5
1st Adam Kutrich 19-20 20:23.9
2nd Mathew Vanni 19-20 21:53.1
3rd Brandon Bradshaw 19-20 25:09.3
1st Matt Podawiltz 30-39 23:25.8
2nd Jeremy Schumacher 30-39 24:15.7
3rd Paul Samione 30-39 24:24.4
1st James Schwarting 40-49 19:31.2
2nd Spencer Harris 40-49 22:34.1
3rd Chris Nelson 40-49 24:13.0
1st Earle Oda 54 22:31.7
2nd Gregory Babinski 61 23:24.7
3rd Michael Shouse 66 23:45.4
Mark your calendar for the Foundation’s spring luncheon, March 18 at the new Lynnwood High School from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Be a table captain and have nine friends join you to learn more about the Foundation and their grant process. To support the grant process for next year, you can register for the lunch, make a donation, join the board (currently looking for 2011 board members) or contact the Edmonds Public Education Foundation by email firstname.lastname@example.org, by phone at206-431-7260 or by mail: Edmonds PSF, P.O. Box 390, Lynnwood, WA 98046.
(Submitted by Debbie Bodal, Edmonds Public Schools Foundation)