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Perfect Day For Smokey Bear Run/Walk

BASS LAKE – It was a perfect morning for the 27th Smokey Bear Run/Walk on the beautiful shores of Bass Lake last Saturday, with cooler temperatures and a nice cloud cover.

There were 532 registered participants, from tiny athletes as young as age 2, to the most seasoned – a 79-year-old entrant from Madera.

As racers gathered to register and affixed their bib numbers, others stopped to have their photos taken with Smokey Bear, who celebrates his 70th birthday this year.

Posing for a photo with Smokey - photo by Gina Clugston

Madison McMechan, age 4, of Ahwahnee, finished first in the 2 to 4-year-old division’s 1/8-mile race. Seth Altimus, age 7, of Oakhurst, was first across the line in the 5 to 8-year-old’s 1/4-mile race, and Turner Williams, age 10, from North Fork, took first place in the 9 to 12-year-old’s 1/2 mile run.

Smokey Bear Run/Walk Overall Winners

10K Run – Male: Benjamin Madrigal of Madera 33:16; Female: Beth Tademy of Reedley 42:13.
2-Mile Run – Male: Artemio Villegas of Madera 12:33; Female: Nanette Beaumont of Coarsegold 15:13
2-Mile Walk – Male: James McCall of Fresno 18:33; Female: Ryan Madaus of Ahwahnee 21:35

At the conclusion of the race, John Anderson – Madera County Sheriff, long-time participant and Race Chairman for over a decade – was presented with a plaque for his years of dedication to the race.

SSteve Miller wins the quilt raffle - photo courtesy of SierraTelteve Miller of Gold County Bottled Water won the raffle, taking home the Bear Paw Panel Quilt.

Steve was very happy with his win, as were race orgainizers, noting that Steve donates his time and water year after year to the event, along with making many other contributions to the mountain community.

For a complete list of the 2014 Smokey Bear Run/Walk results, click here. (click photos to enlarge)

Young racer shares Smokey Bear with a friend - photo by Gina ClugstonKids 2-4 years wait at the starting line - photo by Gina ClugstonKids 5 - 8 years wait at the starting line - photo by Gina ClugstonKids 5 - 8 years at start of race - photo by Gina ClugstonKids 5-8 years girls in pink - photo by Gina ClugstonKids 9-12 years at starting line photo by Gina ClugstonKids 9-12 off the starting line - photo by Gina ClugstonKids 9-12 at the start of the race - photo by Gina ClugstonKids 9-12 head for the finish line - photo by Gina ClugstonNot everyone was thrilledDetermination in the 2-4 year old race - photo by Gina ClugstonStart of 10K Run Smokey Bear - photo by Gina Clugston10K Run - photo by Gina ClugstonSmokey Bear Run - photo by Gina Clugston2 Mile Run-Walk starting line - photo by Gina ClugstonWalkers start off at Smokey Bear - photo by Gina ClugstonStrollers in the 2 mile race - photo by Gina ClugstonMedals for Smokey Bear winnersFinish line at Smokey Bear Run

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