The Skyview High School Marching Band took top band honors Saturday night at the Portland General Electric/SOLVE Starlight Parade, winning the sweepstakes award.Four other Clark County bands and one individual also won awards.Union High School took first place in the category of out-of-state bands with 100 or more members. Mountain View High took second place and Heritage High took third in that category.Hudson’s Bay High School won the category of out-of-state bands with 99 or fewer members.Kaleb Kallappa, 22, of Vancouver won the wheelchair division of the Legacy Health Starlight Run.The parade and run were in downtown Portland.
Fairbanks annual Equinox Marathon is Saturday. A hilly, mostly off road course and wet, cool weather make the race a challenge, but a few participants in this year’s event are battling a much tougher foe.Photo: Dan BrossDownload AudioFairbanks runner Caroline Brown’s son has a rare genetic disorder that’s robbing his hearing and sight. Brown is part of a group of runners taking on this year’s Equinox Marathon in support of developing treatments and even a cure for Usher Syndrome.Brown and several other members of the Usher Syndrome Coalition are participating in the Equinox Marathon as part of the first ever Usher Syndrome Awareness Day, and what they’re calling “Own the Equinox”.Marco Steffan is running tomorrow’s marathon, guiding a friend from Boston who has Usher syndrome.Steffan and Brown are taking sponsorships and donations in hope of raising fifty thousand dollars for Usher syndrome research.