Eugene’s 38th annual Independence Day Butte to Butte 10k road race occurred yesterday. MyEugene reports that road closures would be affecting residents that wanted to travel through certain areas on Independence Day. It begins at 8:00 a.m. at East 43rd Avenue and Donald Street, and ends at Skinner’s Butte. KMTR wrote an article stating that the event encompassed both a 10 kilometer race and a 4 and ½ mile walk. More than 4000 participants attended.
Ian Dobson of Eugene won the race in 30 minutes and 16 seconds, reported the Register Guard, one second slower than the 2010 winner. Eugene track and field athletes were also in with the pack, with second place going to Danny Mercado with a time of 30 minutes and 34 seconds. Despite some technical problems, the race was very successful.
KVAL reports on a special individual taking part in the Independence Day festivities. Michael Lytton sent a message of dedication and optimism, as he completed the race with the progessive disease of ALS. Otherwise known as Lou Gehrig’s disease (it attacks the nerve cells that control your muscles) and after being diagnosed last September, every month Lytton can do less and less. Lytton runs to bring hope to others with the disease and to raise awareness of ALS.