May 16, 2009

On a bright sunny morning, we met at Marist High School for the annual CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) fundraiser run/walk event. Positioned on the track, we waited for the signal to start. The runners took off first followed by the walkers as we headed out to the Willamette River bike path. The path was crowded at first. We took a moderate pace squeezing around the slower walkers. The crowding lessened after the one-mile mark where many turned around to head back to the school. Along the way, we saw many wild lupines and geese with their little broods. We passed by the turtle pond but saw no turtles. Margaret noted that the logs which turtles occupy were still submerged in high water. There were fewer and fewer walkers as we continued but attendants were posted at many points to guide us in the right direction. We crossed the river to loop in the direction of the Owosso footbridge, then circled back towards the school. As we neared the track, it appeared deserted and we considered we might be the tail end of the procession. Nevertheless, when we reached the official finish line, our names were announced on the loudspeaker celebrating our return. We were then provided with some very nice refreshments. Our champions for children included Margaret Prentice, Sharon Duncan, Jim Duncan, who is an active special advocate, and Jane Allen, trip leader.

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