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Couples Truffle Shuffle was sweet success

Valentine's Day is for friends, lovers, families, spouses ... and running.

Southern Oregon Runners hosted the annual Couples Truffle Shuffle Saturday morning at Griffin Creek Elementary School, a medley of events that included a 10K relay and 5K and 10K solo runs.

The relay had teams of husbands and wives, mothers and sons, fathers and sons, fathers and daughters, mothers and daughters, siblings and even a grandfather-grandaughter team.

More than 140 runners challenged the out-and-back course, which included a step climb to the turnaround. Relay participants each ran a 5K leg and exchanged places at the school's track. When the runners finished, they were rewarded with a Harry and David chocolate truffle.

The exchange zone saw some ambitious competition — and a few ambitious exchanges of affection. Arnie Abrams of Ashland wanted to send his wife, Mary, out on the course with a smooch, but he didn't realize his speed and whiffed completely, sending her out with more of an air kiss.

"I would have given her a big kiss but I didn't want to slow down," said Abrams.

For complete results visit www.sorunners.org.

Arnie Abrams of Ashland blows his wife, Mary, a kiss as they make the exchange in the Southern Oregon Runner's Couples Truffle Shuffle at Griffin Creek Elementary School on Valentine's Day. - Andy Atkinson