John Ruddell, a 12-year-old student at Dry Creek Elementary in Port Angeles, shows off his award-winning entry in the 2021 North Olympic Discovery Kids Marathon Medal Design Contest. Submitted photo

John Ruddell, a 12-year-old student at Dry Creek Elementary in Port Angeles, shows off his award-winning entry in the 2021 North Olympic Discovery Kids Marathon Medal Design Contest. Submitted photo

NODM picks Kids Marathon art contest winners

The race is a few months off, but young “marathoners” now have some artistic flair to go with the race swag.

Organizers of the North Olympic Discovery Marathon announced last week that John Ruddell, a 12-year-old student at Dry Creek Elementary School in Port Angeles, is the grand prize winner of the 2021 North Olympic Discovery Marathon Kids Medal Design Contest.

Ruddell will work with race director Victoria Jones and the medal design team at Ashworth Awards to fine tune, approve and finalize the kids marathon event medal. The 18th-annual Kids Marathon is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 5, at Port Angeles City Pier. Kids Marathon medals are presented to all youths who cross the finish line at the annual fun run.

Registration details for all events can be found at nodm.com.

Contest runners-up included Xyla Reichner, a 9-year-old student at Helen Haller Elementary School in Sequim, along with Port Angeles students Aurora Currie (Crescent Elementary, age 7), Abby Schildknecht (Dry Creek Elementary, age 8) and Skylar Lockhart (Jefferson Elementary School, age 11).

All contest winners receive an entry into the Kids Marathon event, a special certificate and a thank you goodie bag.

This was the fifth annual medal contest. The Port Angeles YMCA Youth & Government selected the grand prize winner and the runner-ups. The Port Angeles YMCA Youth and Government helps to put on the kids marathon every year. The Kids Marathon medal is presented to all kids who cross the finish line at the annual fun run event in June. For more information, email to nodm@nodm.com.

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