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Dallas Summerfest Fun Run A Great Success

DALLAS - It was an early start for the runners of this year's Dallas Summerfest Fun Run, but the participants came excited and highly motivated to put up a fast time and encourage their fellow competitors."It's always a good time to get out here and compete," Michael Murphy of Wilsonville said. "You see a lot of the same faces, so it's fun."Murphy hadn't competed in the Summerfest Fun Run for the last 20 years, as he gave up running for a while. But upon his return, he was encouraged to see many of the same people that were around for his last race during "Crazy Days," a predecessor to Summerfest.One familiar face usually seen running on the streets of Dallas, Mary Kate McGuire, took it easy on the participants in the women's division - and probably a lot in the men's division - when she volunteered to trade in her sneakers for wheels, and bike out front as the rabbit for the 10K race.As for the race, Murphy would finish second to overall 10K winner Gabino Oropeza."(The race) went pretty good. We started out fast, but I stayed in it until the last two miles when he pulled away," said Murphy, referring to Oropeza, the overall 10K winner who finished with a time of 35 minutes, 55.4 seconds. Photo by Landon Kafka Gabino Oropeza, winner of the 10K Male Divison When asked why he runs, Oropeza simply looked down at his nieces that had gathered around him at the finish line and said, "Mi familia." The sentiment was clear in any language.Oropeza, from Salem, was competing in the Dallas run for the first time but is a regular at many of the runs across Oregon.Other highlights included 20-year-old Emily Brixey of Salem, who finished first overall for the women in the 10K, and 18- year-old Austin Culver of Albany, who finished first overall for the men in the 5K run. Abby Kraayeveld of Vancouver, Wash., finished first in the women's 5K run. The aptly named Paige Fast, 8, of Boise, finished first in the half-mile fun run for the girls and her counterpart on the boys side was 10-year-old Sy Graber, the only Dallas resident to take home an overall victory at this year's run. Photo by Landon Kafka Emily Brixey, winner of the 10K Female Division "It's a good time with friends, and a no-pressure run," said Bethany Steele of Dallas, who competed for the third time and finished second overall for the women in the 5K run.When it was all said and done, over 150 runners participated in the 10K run, 5K run, 5K walk and kids «-mile fun run, and most of them were able to finish their race with the encouragement of the crowd at the finish line led by the Dallas Booster Club, organizers of the event, and family members.

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