Woodinville trainer wins

  • Written by Paige Denison
Photo by Paige Denison. Carla Darr
Once the dust had settled from the Snoqualmie Valley Cup competition, there was a lot of fast talent standing on the podium. What is the Cup? Beginning on May 5 at the Snoqualmie Cinco de Mayo 8K/Half Marathon, the Snoqualmie Valley four race series levels the playing field with age-graded scoring, which takes into account not only completion time, but also age, encouraging a healthy competition between the generations. The series also includes the Duvall 5K/10K Run, Fall City Days 5k/10k and culminates at the Carnation Fourth of July Run for the Pies.

After the completion of the last race of the series on July 4, the scores were tallied and Carla Darr, a first time participant in the race series, won this year’s Valley Cup for women.

Darr, a Woodinville personal trainer, runs with Club Northwest and coaches cross country and track for The Bear Creek School. She began running when she was 10, sprinted through high school and later found success as a marathon runner, which included 10 consecutive trips to Boston. She placed first in her age group at Bloomsday this past May and ran a personal best time at the Fall City 10K last month. Her goal is to always run to glorify God and stay healthy to run on the CNW XC National Team again in fall 2013.

2012 Snoqualmie Valley Cup Champions:

Paul Abdalla, Carla Darr and ESR’s Bring the Thunder!

2012 Results


1. Paul Abdalla, Duvall

2. John O’Hearn, Seattle

3. William Waters, Bothell


1. Carla Darr, Woodinville

2. Gail Hall, Bothell

3. Sarah Gist, Seattle


1. Eastside Runners “Bring the Thunder”– Team Captain Lance Logan

2.Slightly Older Boyz – Team Captain Dante Bournique

3. CNW – Team Captain Paul Abdalla

Both Cup Champions received a $300 cash prize, trophy and free entrance to all four races for 2013.

Second place finishers were Gail Hall and John O’Hearn who received $150 each.

Third place finishers, wereSarah Gist and William Waters who received $75.

Additionally, Fred Durbin of Carnation was the recipient of a $50 random drawing exclusive to participants of three out of four of the races.

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