Pear Blossom runners ready for weather

Medford, Ore. — 4500 people will be lacing up their sneakers for Saturday morning’s Pear Blossom Run, and it promises to be a chilly one. But runners we spoke with say they’re ready for whatever mother nature has in store.

“Fingers crossed that we have a good day tomorrow,” Rogue Valley YMCA, Executive Director, Brad Russell says.

The wind may be whipping, but that’s not stopping thousands of people from grabbing their bibs for the Pear Blossom Run this weekend.

“If you train for it,” runner Stan Goodell says, “you’re ready for it.”

“It’s a good time,” participant Bob Vaughn says.

Vaughn and Goodell should know, they’ve both been participating for decades.

“I don’t know exactly but at least 30 of ’em,” Goodell says.

Stan’s been logging miles for the last 52 years. Bob, got bitten by the running bug a little later in life.

“I’ve been running since I was 60,” he says.

Now 77, Bob continues to run the same race he did first at 60; the 10-miler. Over the years,  he and Stan have encountered a variety of conditions.

“I’ve had rain, snow, sleet, hail, hot, very hot days, very cold, days,” Goodell says, “been through it all.”

That’s why the slight chance of a few flakes Saturday morning isn’t too daunting, though organizers say it would be unusual.

“It would be out of the ordinary to have snow on Pear Blossom morning,” Russell says.

And while the impending inclement weather has impacted registration numbers a bit, for the die hards even cold, wet weather can’t dampen their spirits.

“Whatever they bring, whatever comes on I’m ready,” Goodell says,

Proceeds from the Pear Blossom Run allow low-income children and their families to be a part of the YMCA’s programs. The first runners take off at 7 a.m.

Kristin Hosfelt anchors NBC5 News weeknights at 5, 6 and 11. Originally from the Bay Area, Kristin earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Broadcast Journalism from San Jose State University.

She came to KOBI-TV/NBC5 from Bangor, Maine where she was the evening news anchor. Kristin has won multiple journalism awards including Best Feature Reporting in the State of Maine. In 2017, her investigation on lead pipes in Medford’s water system was named Best News Series by the Oregon Association of Broadcasters.

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