Runners set to sweat for a good cause

mwochnick@theolympian.comApril 13, 2013 

Tessa Effland and Karen Steen wanted to create a fundraiser for Todd McDougall and his family that not only brought a community together, but also was kid-friendly.

As avid runners, they decided to organize a community fun run in support of McDougall, an English teacher and head baseball coach at Olympia High School who was diagnosed with brain cancer in December.

“We wanted something that kids and adults can come together,” said Effland, Olympia’s girls soccer coach.

She and Steen created “Miles for McDougall,” a 5-mile fundraiser run/walk on a designed course. All proceeds will go toward the McDougall family.

The event starts at 1:11 p.m. Sunday at Olympia’s Marathon Park. The 111 represents McDougall’s classroom number.

Same-day registration is from noon-1 p.m. on site, and $20 donations are requested. Kids 12 and younger are free.

Effland said a few hundred supporters are expected. The McDougalls plan to be in attendance, said family friends Chris and Julie Woods.

“It’s going to be an amazing scene of blue and white, and support for the McDougalls,” Effland said. “It should be a good day of celebrating hope.”

Prizes will be handed out afterward, donated by Olympia-area businesses.

During the race, each participant will receive a card at every mile marker, and participants with the best deck of cards in their hand after the race receive prizes.

FRIENDLY RIVALS

Two of the state’s premier 400-meter runners — Tumwater’s Andrew Brown and Foss’ Marcus Chambers — will square off for the first time this spring at the Tacoma City Invitational today at Lincoln High School.

Brown, a University of Washington signee, tuned in a time of 48.31 seconds to open the season March 30 at the Stanford Invitational.

Chambers, an Oregon signee, ran a 46.62 last weekend at the Arcadia Invitational near Los Angeles.

Brown (Class 2A) and Chambers (3A) are the defending state champions in their classifications.

AIMING FOR A RECORD

Northwest Christian junior Karen Bulger competes at a Class 2B school, but the nation’s No. 2-ranked javelin thrower is favored to win the event at the prestigious Pasco Invitational today.

Her career-best throw, set two weeks ago, is 157 feet, 4 inches. The Pasco Invitational record is 166-9, set in 2011 by Othello’s Christine Kirkwood, now throwing at Washington State.

LONG TRANSFERS

Treshon Long, a two-year starting center on North Thurston’s football team, has moved from Lacey to Longview to live with his grandfather and has filed paperwork to enroll at R.A. Long High School, according to The Daily News.

Long was a first-team all-3A Narrows League selection and a member of The Olympian’s all-area football team on the offensive line this past fall.

The Rams went 9-3 and advanced to the Class 3A state quarterfinals.

Meg Wochnick: 360-754-5473 mwochnick@theolympian.com theolympian.com/southsoundsports @MegWochnick

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