Seagull Splat 5K brings out the runners

While getting pelted with "seagull splat", men, children and woman all took part in the Seagull Splat 5K during the Memorial Day festivities.

Children participate in the Seagull Splat Run Kids Dash May 28 down on the waterfront.

During the annual Kitsap Memorial Day Festival, area runners kicked off the day by participating in the Seagull Splat 5K Run/Walk, which wound through downtown Port Orchard.

While the Fathoms O’ Fun royalty court sprayed “seagull splat” at participants, children and adults alike hit the streets to run off those “seagull” wings they enjoyed.

The run began at 10 a.m. at the Comfort Inn on Bay Street and snaked through town, ending with an awards ceremony at the Soroptimist Overlook. Children also participated in the Seagull Splat Kids Dash, which started at 11 a.m.

Doug Ortyn from Bainbridge Island, a high-school senior, had the best time of the race and was named the overall winner with a time of 17:38, beating last year’s record of 18:21 set by Steve Vesbach.

Kristi Houk of Port Orchard was the overall female winner with a time of 19:56, beating last year’s record of 25:54 set by Katie Dolan. All age categories, both male and female, beat last year’s run times.

“We were thrilled to have an increase in the number of runners,” organizer Sharron King said. “We would like to thank Kitsap Physical Therapy as our race sponsor.”

Several businesses in town also donated prizes, including Westside Pizza, Old Central Antique Mall, Harbor Massage & Wellness Center, Bruce Titus Ford and  Nostalgia Bakery.

“Thank you to all the volunteers who helped with the run. We couldn’t have done it without your help,” King said.

The top finishers in each age group are listed below:

Overall winners:

Doug Ortyn 17:38

Kristi Houk 19:56

14 & Under:


1. Dristan Simpson 25.06

2. Pierce Williford 27.:04

3. Christian Orcutt 34:54


1. Madison Shaw 25.:04

2. Peyton Ayers 27:10

3. Hanna Ziegler



1. Sam Linton 20:52

2. Matt Fox 20:52

3. Archie Farmer 38:47


1. Alex Agee 28:30

2. Tamara Medal 42:36

3. Sarah Nickolson 53:33



1. Matt Pearson 23.57

2. Zachary Alexander 34:05

3. Greg Cotinola 36:54


1. Amanda Williford 27:29

2. Kaleena Aquino 28:23

3. Carlene Jensen 37:42



1. Todd Petrovich 20:07

2. Kevin Spencer 23:17

3. Brad Sandstrom 27:34


1. Juliet Roske 26:43

2. Brooke Edwards 27:06

3. Zeta Moss 27:19



1. Hisashi Springer 23:12

2. Scott Peckham 23.31

3. Ryan Sandstrom 24:11


1. Ginger Johnson 25:47

2. Eri Agee 25:49

3. Wendi Felts 28:04



1. John Hatcher 24:53

2. Joseph Klein 32:10

3. Doug Felts 32:56


1. Paula McAvoy 33.52

2. Kate Espy 39:27

3. Diane Arnold 39:33


1. Roy Osterhaus 25:16

2. David Lloyd 28:37

3. Larry Walker 33:33


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