Weather cooperates as 890 runners support third annual Bill Hamilton Street Strut

Runners at the 2011 Street Strut. (Photo by Alicia Brattin)

Whether inspired by the chance to exercise, have fun, compete, support local schools or honor Gay Lynne Ullerich, participation in the Oct. 8 Bill Hamilton Street Strut was up by more than 50 percent this year, according to the Edmonds Public Schools Foundation.

“I could not have been more pleased with the outcome of this year’s Street Strut. It was truly a community event, well-supported by so many in our Edmonds School District communities,” said Foundation President Debbie Bodal. “We had fun, raised money and brought an awareness to support our public schools.”

The Edmonds Public Schools Foundation offered thanks for the many volunteers, sponsors and especially the 890 participants of the Bill Hamilton Street Strut who ran and walked through the scenic streets of Edmonds.This year, the Street Strut added a 1K fun run for kids ages 8 and under and more than 70 kids joined the fun.

“What a great kick-off to the new MOVE60! Program,” said Jennifer McCloughan, Maplewood K-8 PE teacher and MOVE60! Health and Fitness Coordinator. “We hope that the Street Strut inspired kids to sign up for the MOVE60! Program, which promotes activity and exercise for students in grades 1-6 in eight pilot schools within the Edmonds School District.”

The foundation netted approximately $20,000 in this third annual community-building event. Funds raised help Edmonds School District teachers with grants to support science text books, math and science software, accessible playground equipment, scholarships for summer school, and funds to help new teachers set up their classrooms.

This year the race was held in honor of beloved Madrona K-8 PE teacher GayLynne Ullerich, who died in a car accident last January. Her husband Jeff was the official starter of the race while son Josh started the Kids’ 1K race. Daughter Emily also assisted with the 1K race, handing out treat bags to little ones.

School Participation Awards
It was certainly fitting that Madrona K-8 was the winning school, where GayLynne taught PE. Madrona took home a $500 check in their teacher’s honor along with the coveted golden running shoe traveling trophy, designed by Patrice Kettner and constructed by John Bush.

1st place              $500 and traveling trophy – Madrona K-8 with 308 participants
2nd place             $350 – Maplewood K-8 with 138
3rd place              $250 – Meadowdale HS with 117
4th place              $100 – Terrace Park with 30

Top 5K male and female winners:
Dominic Giordiano, Haley Suarez – Meadowdale High School cross country team

Top 1K boy and girl winners:  Annie Jenkins and Sam Thompson

See more 5K results at:

The following groups and individuals also provided their support during the event:

Edmonds-Woodway High School: Drumline, Tonnell Rock Band, Dance Team.

Meadowdale High School: Cheerleaders

Mountlake Terrace High School: Pep Bands 1 & 2, Drumline, Robotics

Lynnwood High School: Cheerleaders and Robotics

Title Sponsors:
South Snohomish County Commission for Health
Sponsor for the Children’s 1K:

Dr. Penny Berglund, Exclusively Orthodontics
Sponsors of the 5K:

Swedish Edmonds
Acura of Lynnwood – providing scholarships through local area Boys & Girls Clubs

In-Kind Sponsors-
Running in Motion – $50 gift cards for the top male and female 5K winners
Costco – bananas
Health and Wellness Clinic; Edmonds Reflexology – massages
Walgreens – water
Nama’s – candy for 1K goodie bags
Revelations Frozen Yogurt – gift cards for the top 1K boy and girl; coupons for all 1K finishers

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