Runners sloshed, splashed and dribbled across the finish line Saturday in a rain-soaked Lake Run that drew hundreds of serious athletes, casual joggers and energetic kids to Lake Oswego.
Mother Nature did her best to dampen spirits with an early morning downpour, but she couldn't wash away the smiles of participants who navigated challenging courses that featured breathtaking views and downhill sprints to the finish line.
Even the spectators seemed to take the raindrops in stride.
"It's springtime in Oregon," said Lindsey Williams, who stood under an umbrella on State Street as drenched runners passed by. "Can't let a little rain slow you down."
Carre Heineck of Portland would certainly agree. She won the women's 10K race with a time of 39:23. Allison Holden of Sherwood won the women's 5K in 21:12.
On the men's side, Bobby Olivera of Sherwood bested the 10K field with a time of 34:29. Kyle Schenone of Beaverton was the 5K winner in 17:24.
And the best part? It was all for a good cause. Proceeds from the 41st annual Lake Run will go to five nonprofits — Child Advocates Inc., Clackamas Women's Services, Saint Child, Parrott Creek and the William Temple House — and help the Lake Oswego Women's Club fund scholarships for outstanding community service that will go to local high school students.
How's that for a sunny ending?
— The Review