One hundred seventeen half-marathon runners gave their ‘last gasp’ in support of a proposed Oregon Coast Aquatic Center that supporters have been trying to get built at a spot near the Oregon Coast Aquarium at South Beach.
The “Last Gasp” half-marathon fundraiser drew runners from as far away as New Jersey to take part in the run that started at Newport High School, coursed up to the second dam up Big Creek, back to 31st, through the tunnels of Highway 101 and Agate Beach State Park, north toward the Yaquina Head Lighthouse, then south to the original Yaquina Bay Lighthouse, then back north to end it at the Nye Beach Turnaround.
When all saw said and run, it was two hours and then some for most of the runners. Among women who came in first in their age categories, it was Melissa Tucker from New Jersey that came in first place age 19-30. Among women 31-40, it was Carleen MCKillop of Eugene. Women 41-50, Ana Kuhl from Oregon City. Women 51-60, Gail Kimberling of Otis and among women 61-70 it was Nancy March from California.
Among the men who camer in first in their age category, it was Dane Skinner of Corvallis finishing first in men 19-30. Among men 31-40 it was Chris Patterson of Albany, men 41-50 it was Roy Haggerty of Corvallis, men 51-60 it was Paul Pearson of Florence, and for men 61-70 it was Robert Fuqua of Tualitin.
For those who haven’t heard of the Oregon Coast Aquatic Center or might need a refresher, here’s a video (below the photos) outlining why it has so many supporters. If you’d like more information on the project, go to SwimOCAC.org