From youngsters to seniors, hundreds participated in Edmonds’ first “Conquer the Hill 5k” run, held Saturday in conjunction with the Edmonds Health and Fitness Expo outside Edmonds District Stadium Saturday morning.
First-place finisher was Brandon Dean, who icompleted the course in 20 minutes, 30 seconds. Dean said he ran cross country in high school for King’s, but hasn’t run in about 5 years. “My dad bet me $100 that I couldn’t win it,” he said. “I’m a poor college kid, so I think it’ll go into savings.”
Dean, who works part time at Costco, attends Central Washington University’s Edmonds campus in the business management program.
After all of the hardy souls finished their run up the Main Street hill, they were greeted by congratulations and snacks, courtesy of local businesses. They then mingled with non-runners attending the morning-long expo, featuring interactive displays and activities — and a free lunch prepared by Swedish/Edmonds, courtesy of Revelations Frozen Yogurt.
Children romped on the Edmonds Stadium track and field, and many participated in a free soccer skills clinic put on by the hometown North Sound SeaWolves premier development soccer team and their opponents, the Portland Timbers. Then, at 1 p.m., a crowd of about 500 gathered to watch the SeaWolves home opener.