Northwest NEWS

October 11, 1999

Sports

Olson wins national cross-country title for runners over 70

Knute Olson

Knute Olson (right), 77-year-old Woodinville resident and owner of the Gold Creek Trout Farm, won the national cross-country championship for runners over 70.

by Marshall Haley, staff reporter

   WOODINVILLE--Knute Olson, 77-year-old Woodinville resident, recently won his second straight national cross-country championship for runners over 70, at a 7K race at the 7,500-foot level in South Lake Tahoe, Nevada.

   "I even beat a lot of the over-60 runners," said Olson. "The race had one 400-foot climb, then some downhills and other uphill climbs. There were no trails, and there was a lot of rocky terrain. It was about 80 degrees, but that was in the shade. It was more of an endurance contest than a race. You wonder sometimes if you're going to survive. You more or less stumble in at the end, because you're all done in."

   Olson, owner of the Gold Creek Trout Farm, also won the World Masters championship in Portland last year. Olson said he competed in track, skiing, and marksmanship during his youth in Sweden, but didn't start competing again until 1965. He has won five national championships since then. He only runs off-road races, saying road races are too hard on the joints.