Deland Anderson, left, and Christine Anderson, second to left, make the five-mile course a hand-holding, barefoot, joint effort. They are followed closely by Judith Steyer, Saundra Hudson and Maureen Filipek. -Photo by McKibben Jackinsky, Homer News

20th annual Breast Cancer Run takes to the beach

Sixty-two runners and walkers and one lone biker took part on Sunday’s 20th annual Breast Cancer Run-Walk-Bike. In addition to helping raise breast cancer awareness, the 5-mile and 1-mile event also raised more than $9,500 for Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic’s breast cancer screening, treatment, education and other services the clinic provides at no cost.

“We honored friends and relatives affected by breast cancer, made new friends, broke some personal fitness records and surpassed last year’s fundraising total,” said Heather O’Connor, KBFPC executive director. 

With 20 runners and walkers competing in the 1-mile event, the first across that finish line were Parker Lowney, 11, with a time of 7.45, followed closely by his brother, Thatcher Lowney, 9, with a time of 7.49. Lars Bell, 43, was the first adult to complete the 1-mile course, finishing in 9.02.

In the 5-mile event, 42 runners and walkers competed, with Pedro Ochoa, 18, crossing the finish line in first place and with a time of 27.17. The first female to finish was Madeigh Winsor, 19, with a time of 34.35.

The single bike entry was Kathy Simonson, 57, who finished the course in 35.09.

This was the first year the event left city streets behind and took to the beach. A minus 4.3 tide exposed enough sand for Andy Haas of the Kachemak Bay Running Club to set the course before the 9 a.m. start at Mariners Beach. Heavy, dark clouds hung over the area, but the rain held off so only the racers’ feet got wet as they darted across shallow outflows and water-filled rippled sand in a push to the finish line.

“The day was fun and meaningful, no blood but sweat and tears with sand mixed in for good measure,” said Susan Kaplan, KBFPC’s women’s health outreach manager. “The participants, along with sponsoring businesses and volunteers, really turned out for women’s health.”

Kaplan, along with KBFPC board member Mary Lou Kelsey, coordinated the event.

Prior to the start, KBFPC’s medical director, Dr. Hillary Seger, brought clarity to the importance of the annual event with some statistics: 12.3 percent of women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. Making it more specific, Seger said if you know 10 women, one of the 10 would have the disease.

O’Connor noted the contributions of numerous volunteers “who stepped up to do whatever was needed, whenever it was needed.” She also recognized the efforts of Kaplan and Kelsey.

“We’re so grateful for their creativity, positive energy, dedication and friendship.”

Before Kelsey gave the starting-line countdown, O’Conner asked for a moment of silence for participants to call to mind those who have battled or are battling the disease so “we can carry them in our hearts as we head out.” 

With the 2014 Breast Cancer Run celebrating its 20th year, Kaplan said, “We like to remind women of our mantra: every woman every year. Some women use their birthdays as a reminder to go for their yearly well woman visit, but for those that don’t, the annual breast cancer run can be a friendly reminder, as well.”

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2014 Breast Cancer Run, Walk, Bike

Sunday, Mariner Beach


Five-mile run, walk — females

34.35 Madeigh Winsor

39.02 Bonnie Lind

39.08 Chessie MacRae

41.55 Rebecca Seneff

42.19 Erika Gavenus

42.36 Katie Gavenus

45,37 Rachel Seneff

45.42 Charity Williams

45.48 Terri Mach

45.56 Oceana Wills

46.01 Rhoslyn Jennings

47.03 Kate von Rekowski

49.25 Rhonwen Jennings

50:19 Christine Anderson

50.39 Judith Steyer

50.39 Maureen Filipek

50.39 Saundra Hudson

51.03 Adision Smith

57.23 Kilan Tanape

66.29 Tammy Ackerman

78.50 Kathy Sarns

78.50 Sonja Blackmon

85.06 Ashley Leonard

86.15 Megan O’Neill

87.36 Diae Little Eagle

94.12 Cheryl Fusco

100.41 Susan Schulmeister

100.41 Sharon Baur

101.23 Trina Wood

101.55 Mandy Wood

101.55 Juanita Wood

102.22 Christine Seville


Five-mile run, walk — males 

27.17 Pedro Ochoa

30.57 Connor McCorron

37.21 James McCarron

45.20 Jeff Smith

46.24 Ralph Broshes

50.19 Deland Anderson

74.13 Robert Schulmeister

86.15 Cary Graves

94.12 Bo Fusco

102.22 Noah Seville


One-mile run, walk — females

12.54 Channing Lowney

13.03 Nuala Stenson

13.52 Shay Lowney

13.53 Deb Lowney

15.49 Kathy Donlan

16.16 Colleen Cary

16.35 Barbara Leichtung

17.00 Hillary Seger

21.03 Margo Curtis

21.03 Deb Cox

21.34 Anna Bosin


One-mile run, walk — males

7.45 Parker Lowney

7.49 Thatcher Lowney

9.02 Lars Bell

15:57 Jeff Donlan

17.00 Fritz Seger

17.00 Carl Seger

18.56 Leland Curtis

19.40 Scott Connelly

21.34 T. Sam Walton



35.09 Kathy Simonson

Rachel Seneff, right, and Terri Mach, second to right, lead a group of runners in the fourth of five miles during Sunday’s Breast Cancer Run on Mariner Beach.-Photo by McKibben Jackinsky, Homer News

Sunday’s Breast Cancer Run was the first to be held on Mariners Beach. -Photo by McKibben Jackinsky, Homer News

Channing Lowney, 7, and Nuala Stenson, 6, dash to fourth and fifth place, respectively in the one-mile course.-Photo by McKibben Jackinsky, Homer News

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