Edmonds Police Foundation Holiday Dash adds festive energy to the season

A group of energetic elves descended on Edmonds early Saturday morning to pound the pavement in the second annual Police Foundation 5K Holiday Dash.

“It was a great showing this year, with 58 registered runners,” said event coordinator Darlene Stern. “But counting the kids in strollers, I think we topped 100.”

While the event stresses fun over competition, some impressive times were turned in. Taking first- and second-place honors were Edmonds-Woodway High School cross-county teammates and sisters, Stephanie and Cecelia Wroblewski with times of 21:22 and 21:27 respectively. Other honors went to Brian Hanchett, probably best known for impersonating George Brackett in the annual Fourth of July Beat Brackett run, Kevin Alschuler and Edmonds City Councilmember Mike Nelson with times of 21:38, 24:35 and 25:36 respectively.

Sponsored by First Financial Northwest Bank, the run benefits the Edmonds Police Foundation. According to Stern, proceeds from this year’s event will go toward the purchase of the new Prism training simulator, a state-of-the-art virtual reality firearms trainer that hones officers’ skills in making split-second decisions in potential life-and- death situations.

— Story and photos by Larry Vogel

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