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Runners, Walkers Hit Streets For Osborne Memorial
family run
It was a fun outing for the Warren family of Oakdale on Saturday, with mom Sarah, son Shawn, running; daughter Karah, seated; and Phoenix the dog helping set the pace in the one mile. Photo By Marg Jackson

Saturday morning, Feb. 5 arrived with clear skies and mild temperatures, setting the scene for a successful staging of the 30th annual Don Osborne Memorial Run. The 5k run and the one mile run/walk drew participants from Oakdale, Escalon, Modesto and beyond, taking part in the fundraising run hosted by the Oakdale Lions Club.

There were several different age groups; awards for both male and female divisions, and coordinator Alan Graham said there were more than enough medals to go around. Running the clock and providing the results was a crew from Pace Yourself Timing.

In the mile, 15-year-old Mason Oliveira, an OHS sophomore, was the first place finisher in the male division, running the mile in 5:19. Crossing the line first in the female division was 10-year-old Maxine Darpinian of Escalon, with a time of 8:20.

First place in the 5k went to Raymond Rodriguez, 60, tops in the male division at 18:16. Second overall, and first in the female division, was Nancy Eubanks, turning in a time of 20:59.

A few members of the local TOPS chapter took part, as they have for the last several years, and among them was Audrey Oliver who, at 84, said she enjoys getting a medal each year. Her time in the mile for 2022 was 16:59.

Also taking part was the Warren family of Oakdale, mom Sarah, 5-year-old son Shawn and 6-year-old daughter Karah, along with their dog, Phoenix.

“He loves it,” Sarah said of their running canine companion, “we run all the time.”

TOPS run
Taking part in the Don Osborne Memorial Run, in the one-mile walk/run event on Feb. 5, were members of the TOPS, Take Off Pounds Sensibly, group. Meetings are hosted each week in Oakdale and Chapter members in the Oakdale event were, from left, Barb Willis, Bea Martinez, Audrey Oliver and Belva Gilton. Photo By Marg Jackson