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Record Showing for Sunriver Resort's Third Annual Run for Chocolate

Sunriver Welcomed Glorious Weather, Faster Times, and 340 Runners for 5K Charity Race

For Immediate Release                                                                                       

February 16, 2013

(Sunriver, Ore.) —Runners must love chocolate, based on the turnout for Sunriver Resort’s third annual Run for Chocolate 5K Run and Walk held today. The Resort welcomed 340 registrants and many more spectators to the pet-friendly race, which benefits the La Pine High School Athletic Department.

A love of chocolate may also be driving increasingly faster times, as this year’s fastest runner crossed the finished line more than a minute under last year’s winner. Top finishers for 2013 were Rick Floyd from Bend setting a 5:30 pace for a final time of 17:09, Jason Gulley of Bellingham, WA, with a time of 18:09 and Kenny Thisseu of Hillsboro in third place with a time of 18:39. The top female finishers included Bend locals Stasia Smith with a time of 20:47, Natalia Martin with a time for 22:13, and Colleen Sullivan with a time for 22:16.

Runners were treated to a chocolate aid station during the race, and enjoyed chocolate treats and signature race mugs immediately after crossing the finish line. Following their finish, racers made their way to the warmth of the Sunriver Resort Main Lodge, where they indulged at a chocolate fountain before enjoying a lively awards ceremony and taking in the Chocolate Vendor Showcase below.

“We want to thank all of our participants, sponsors, and volunteers," said Sunriver Resort Managing Director Tom O'Shea. "The Resort is thrilled to see the growth of this event over the past three years to become a mainstay for both guests and residents.”

The Month of Chocolate events are made possible by event sponsors Bend Broadband, Estancia Vineyards and Widmer Brother’s Brewing. For more information, visit or call 800-609-1589.

About Sunriver Resort: In an authentic setting rich with history, Sunriver Resort has served meeting attendees and families of every generation since 1968. The resort is integrated into an environment endowed with natural beauty and endless activities. Whether guests stay for a day, a week, or a lifetime, they’re sure to find adventure, discovery, relaxation, inspiration and ultimately, lasting and treasured memories. Sunriver is a signature property of the Destination Hotels & Resorts collection.


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Contact: Erin Martin


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