SLIDE SHOW | 2013 Jingle Bell event is big success

Under clear blue skies, more than 1,400 runners, joggers and walkers of all ages endured freezing temperatures and brisk winds for the third annual Jingle Bell Run/Walk on Saturday in Port Orchard.

The annual event helps raise funds for the Arthritis Foundation. According to the event’s website, more than $57,000 has been raised. The goal was $65,000.

Event coordinator Shelia Cline reported Tuesday that more than 1,500 people participated in Saturday’s event. Cline said — once all the donations are counted — the total will be close to $60,000.

“We had great weather this year compared to last year,” Cline said.

The participants — men and women, boys and girls — many dressed in holiday colors and various costumes, gathered in front of the Port Orchard City Hall in anticipation of the start of the races.

Emcee Bryan Petro — with microphone in hand — led the participants with dancing to such tunes as the “Hokey Pokey” and other dancing favorites which helped the runners and walkers stay warm.

This year’s event honoree, Linda Banks of Port Orchard, and Cline joined the other participants in the dances.

After the holiday costume contest, the children’s 1K run kicked off the races at 1 p.m., followed by the 5K chip-timed and untimed runs, and the 5K for joggers and walkers.

There were more than 145 runners that competed in the chip-timed 5K race which began at City Hall and followed Bay Street along the water to the Annapolis dock and back.

In the timed race, 17-year-old Mason Villarma of South Kitsap High School was the top male runner with a time of 17, minutes, 30 seconds in the 5K run. In second place was Jason Gordon, 16, of Silverdale who finished the course two seconds behind Villarma at 17:32.

The top female runners was 31-year-old Amanda Rogers, fifth overall, with a time of 19:46. Gig Harbor’s Sarah Manning, 17, took second among the women with a time of 20:14.

Top finisher in each category for the male runners were:

• 0-14: Brayden Banks (14), 23:58

• 15-19: Mason Villarma (17), 17:30

• 20-24: Justin Mejia (20), 17:42

• 25-29: Jonathan Woods (26), 20:43

• 30-34: Coleman Malone (30), 22:55

• 35-39: Aaron Lee (37), 22:27

• 40-44: Chad Gillman (41), 20:39

• 45-49: Carl Tinker (45), 22:22

• 50-54: Steve Politakis (52), 20:43

• 55-59: Jerry Polley (56), 23:13

• 60-64: Tim Thomson (63), 31:44

• 65-69: Michael Lomax (67), 37;12

Top finishers among in the female categories were:

• 0-14: Eliza Villarma (12), 24:02

• 15-19: Sarah Manning (17), 20:14

• 20-24: Abby Braks (23), 28:17

• 25-29: Nicole McElwain (27), 24:24

• 30-34: Amanda Rogers (31), 19:46

• 35-39: Angela Smith (37), 20:33

• 40-44: Leigh Sinclair (41), 26:05

• 45-49: Patti Saltsgaver (47), 22:18

• 50-54: Kristin Shurley (50), 27:42

• 55-59: Paula McAvoy (55), 31.02

• 60-64: Bobbie Busch (60), 25:31


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