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Now that’s resilient

Hundreds battle the hills on Lewis North during the JBLM Half Marathon & 5K

Northwest Guardian

Published: 01:22PM June 26th, 2014

Hundreds of families flocked to Russell Landing on Lewis North Saturday to participate in the JBLM Half Marathon & 5K Resiliency Run.

The race kicked off at 8 a.m. with nearly 200 runners participating in the half marathon followed by 145 runners taking part in the 5K run and walk.

John Mozer, from Madigan Army Medical Center, finished first for the men in half marathon with a time of 1:20:37. Mozer said he was just getting back into steady training and was hoping to run with the Army Ten-Miler team.

Mozer added that although it was unseasonably warm during the run, he really enjoyed it.

“It was perfect out there,” he said.

Upon reaching the finish line, Mozer was greeted by his family.

He said in a few years his kids could join him in a race.

“My kids are kind of little, but I’d like to try and get them into it,” Mozer said.

Seventeen-year-old Samantha Patterson finished first for the women at 1 hour, 36:18.

The Rogers High School senior from Puyallup is a track and cross-country athlete, but this was only her second time participating in a half-marathon. She said she wasn’t expecting to finish first.

“The hills were a challenge, it felt worse going down actually,” Samantha said. “It hurt my knees.”

Samantha’s mother, Peggy Patterson, also ran in the 5K. The two rarely run together.

“(We run together) only when she’s willing to go slow, and it’s a relaxing run for her,” Peggy said.

Shirley Ochoa-Dobies and her daughter, 18-year-old Gabrielle Dobies, said they started training for the race after Shirley returned from Afghanistan in February.

The mother and daughter duo ran most of the half marathon together, but Gabrielle finished before her mother after they split up around the eight-mile mark.

“The hills were a killer, it was faster to walk it then to run it,” Gabrielle said.

Gabrielle greeted her mother at the finish line.

“The last part was probably the hardest, but the most exhilarating,” Shirley said.

Aaron Winward, of the 627th Civil Engineer Squadron, brought the whole family along when he and his wife, Tanya Winward, decided to run the 5K.

Tanya said they recently got the kids involved in exercising by bringing them along to the gym.

“It was just something to do as a family,” Tanya said. “They work out with their dad regularly so it has been really good for us.”

The Winwards and their kids, Madigan, 12, and Ian, 8, will participate in the Ninth Annual JBLM Down & Dirty Mud Run scheduled for 10 a.m. July 19.

“We’re looking forward to it; we’ve never done one,” Tanya said. “The kids will enjoy it.”