2017 Circle the Bay

Wayne Newport races towards the finish for the 44th annual Circle the Bay at Ferry Road Park in North Bend on Saturday.

Bethany Baker, The World

A total of 49 individuals and 38 relay teams completed the annual Circle The Bay road run last Saturday.

The 30-kilometer race took runners from Ferry Road Park through North Bend, through Coos Bay and Eastside and around the waters of Coos Bay along East Bay Drive and back to the park by crossing McCullough Bridge.

Two relay teams set new division records.

The Killer Bs, a team of Hunter Hutton, Isaac Cutler and Josh Snyder, improved the male youth record to 1 hour, 45 minutes and 39 seconds, finishing second overall.

Flower Power, with Marie Drakes, Kim O’Grady and Melissa Beckwith, set a new female grandmasters record by 70 minutes with their time of 2:50:00.

The overall relay winners, the Wolf Pack with Sawyer Heckard, Tyler Jones and Justin Crosswhite, just missed the all-time relay record by 10 seconds with their time of 1:44:49.

The overall champions, both racing the 30-kilometer distance for the first time, were Jimmy Forester (1:59:10) and Cora Wahl (2:29:43).

The Masters (40-and-over) champions were Brent Hutton (2:08:16) and Michelle Collicott (3:15:51).

Among the walkers who completed the course were two parent-child pairings — Kim and William Lorsung and new South Coast Running Club members Bill and Titus Simon.

Race director Anthony Collins extended special thanks to new sponsor Western Oregon Advanced Health. WOAH and Coos County Health and Wellness brought nearly their entire office staffs out to walk or run the course, many of them participating in the event for the first time.

Results are listed in the Community Scoreboard.

Sunset Bay Trail Run

The next race for the South Coast Running Club is the Sunset Bay Trail Run, which will be held on Saturday, Sept. 2, starting at Sunset Bay State Park.

Events include a half marathon and a 15-kilometer run that both include steep and challenging hills, a 4-mile trail run and a kids run on the beach.

The half marathon starts at 9:30, with the others starting at 10.

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