Mind games part of race strategy

OLYMPIA – Jerry Miller and Kevin Wright know all too well the strategy some runners follow before the annual Capital Lakefair run.

As the race’s director and registration chair, respectively, they’ve seen many runners who wait until 24 hours before – or even the morning of – to register.

A perfect example was last year’s winner, John Moore, an Olympia High School graduate. Moore signed up to run the day before the race, just two weeks after running in the 10,000 meters at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials. Moore’s winning time at the Lakefair run in 2008 was a meet record.

“They play games with some of the other guys,” Wright said.

Miller and Wright say close to 375 have already pre-registered for today’s races. Add the possibility of 150-200 day-of registrants and there could be more than 500 runners at the 34th annual event.

“We’re pretty steady on that number for the last few years,” said Miller, who has been race director since 1996.

The 8-kilometer race begins at 8 a.m., followed by the 3k race at 8:05 a.m. Both races start and end at Heritage Park. Miller said the scenic course remains the same, including its flatness.

“It’s good if you like a flat course,” Miller said.

Other sports taking place during Lakefair this weekend include:


The summer doubles volleyball tournament takes place today and Sunday at the Capitol Campus. Games begin at 9 a.m. Divisions include women, men, reverse co-ed and masters.


The 30th annual Dennis J. Acuff Memorial Doubles Tennis Tournament resumes today and ends Sunday at Wonderwood Park in Lacey. Matches begin at 8:30 a.m. today. Divisions include women, men mixed and family mixed.

Kit Car Races

The Kit Car Races take place at 9 a.m. today on Capitol Way between 7th and 9th streets. Divisions include ages 6-7, 8-9, 10-11 and 12-13.