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2007 CARDV Mother’s Day Run/Walk for Safe Families

Although cloudy, the rain did not fall on CARDV's 5th Annual Mother's Day Run/Walk for Safe Families on Saturday, May 12, 2007, nor dampen the spirits of the 274 participants!

Sheriff Diana Simpson officially started the race, then joined in and ran the 5K placing 3rd in her age division! 114 runners participated in the 5K run which started on Western St. in Corvallis and wound through Pioneer and Avery Parks.

Greg Contreras won the overall race in a time of 17:18. The first female runner to cross the finish line was Nicole Von Germeten with a time of 20:30. She placed 7th overall. Greg was in the 20-29 age group and Nicole was in the 30-39 age group.

Run Results:

2007 Run Results
2006 Run Results (pictures)
2005 Run Results (pictures)
2004 Run Results
2003 Run Results

Fun Walk:

160 walkers participated in the two-mile fun walk, which started at the same place as the run but then headed up Corvallis' lovely Riverfront Park. Walk participants ranged in age from 2 months to 76 years. Flowers donated by Stargazers Florists were handed out to the first three dozen walkers to cross the finish line.

Emceeing the event this year was Mike Parker, "Voice of the Beavers."

Family Fun & Safety Fair:

The Family Fun & Safety Fair is sponsored each year by local organizations to promote the concept of health and safety in our communities. Agencies participating this year included:

Kids had an opportunity to do fun activities at craft booths run by the Corvallis Montessori and Corvallis Waldorf Schools and to sit in the fire engine brought by the Corvallis Fire Department. The Bubble Table, sponsored again this year by Old Mill Center for Children and Families, was a particular hit with the kids.

Hungry and thirsty participants enjoyed the water and snacks donated by local businesses Fred Meyer, Noah's Bagels, Pepsi Cola of Corvallis, Safeway, and Starbucks.

Also volunteering their time to lend a festive atmosphere to the day were musicians Fred Towne, Dick Theis, Diane Theis, Mike Thenel, Marion Thenel, Tas Thenel, and Seth Bernstein.


This year 15 teams registered. The Benton County District Attorney's Office team won for most team members (13) registered by our early registration deadline, and Team Windermere once again raised the most funds of any team, over $700!

Other teams that participated included:

Raffle Prize:

This year we raffled off two donated prizes, a football signed by last year's OSU Football Team and a digital camera donated by the Bartholomaus Family in memory of Jill Bartholomaus Dierkus.

Top raffle ticket seller again this year was Atticus Crow.

All proceeds from this event are used to sustain CARDV's shelter program, provide advocacy services to victims of domestic and sexual violence and support CARDV's community education programs. Thank you to all the 2007 CARDV Mother's Day Run/Walk for Safe Family participants who help support these important programs.


An event like this couldn't take place without the hard work and dedication of community volunteers and businesses. When you see these people or business, please thank them for helping make Linn and Benton Counties safer for victims of domestic and sexual violence.

Volunteer Race Committee:

Heather Burton
Heather Chermak
Debbie Bird McCubbin
Julie Davis, Chair
Rick DeBellis
Andrea Floyd
Janet Knudson
Jim Luebke
John Marchel
Nancy O'Mara
Claire Saxton
Angie Stambuk-Simon

Race Day Volunteers:

CARDV Staff and Board of Directors, friends, family members, Albany and Corvallis Police Cadets, and other concerned citizens who just heard about our need and stepped up to the plate.

Race Timing:

Bruce and Mary Stephens, Timberhill Harriers


Mike Parker, "Voice of the Beavers"

Race Starter:

Diana Simpson, Benton County Sheriff

Race Registration:

Five Star Sports, Corvallis

Event Music:

Fred Towne, Dick Theis, Diane Theis, Mike Thenell, Marion Thenell, Tas Thenell, and Seth Bernstein

Event Publicity:

Cheryl McLean, ImPrint Services
Chris White, webmaster
Corvallis Gazette-Times

Event Equipment & Set-up:

Allied Waste of Corvallis
Five Star Sports
Jess Lewis
John Marchel and the crew from Stover Evey & Jackson
OSU Athletics

Race Safety:

Tom Henke, EMT, Albany Fire Department
Benton County Amateur Radio Emergency Service
Officer Ben Harvey, Corvallis Police Department
Officer Jim Luebke, Albany Police Department

Flowers for Walkers:

Stargazers Florist

Food, Water, and Decoration Donors:

Fred Meyer
Gorilla Grams
Noah's Bagels
Pepsi Cola of Corvallis

Prize Donors:

Added Touches Salon & Day Spa
Aspire Design Salon
The Bartholomaus Family in memory of Jill Bartholomaus Dierkus
Burst's Candy
the Dirty Dog
Downtown Corvallis Association
Eola Hills Winery
Fitness Over 50
Five Star Sports
The Gables
Garland Nursery
A.C. Gilbert's Discovery Village
Heritage Mall
Michael's Landing
OSU Football Team
Pappa's Pizza
Retreat Day Spa & Salon
Train House Bed & Breakfast
Wildfire Restaurant

And a big "Thank You" to our 2007 Sponsors from the Board, Staff and Clients of the Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence

Gazette-Times Allied Waste of Corvallis
Corvallis Clinic Insights Now
Stover, Evey, and Jackson, Inc. Town & Country Realty
ENDEX Engineering HMK Consulting Samaritian OBGYN
Evanite Fiber Corporation Umpqua bank Squirrels Tavern
Griffin & Reynolds, LLP Windermere Realty Powell Construction
Blackledge Furniture Co Albany Police The Dirty Dog

Community Builder Sponsors