Thousands run in Seattle to fight juvenile diabetes

SEATTLE -- It was a race against time Sunday morning to end juvenile diabetes - and to beat the bridge.

About 11,000 runners turned out in Montlake for the 31st annual Nordstrom Beat the Bridge eight-kilometer athletic race and fundraiser.

Runners only had 20 minutes after starting at Husky Stadium to race across the University Bridge before it started going up - or risk being stranded on the other side.

"We thought we were way closer than that though, we heard the bells chiming, we were like, 'oh crap, run. run as fast as you can,'" runner Jen Imholt said.

The event includes a competitive 8k run and wheelchair race, as well as non-competitive 4-mile family walk, 1-mile fun run, and a diaper derby for toddlers.

The race has raised over $1 million for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's northwest chapter so far with a total of $1.5 million expected.

Jordan Horn of Seattle won the men's 8K in a time of 23 minutes, nine seconds; Lindsay Allen of Seattle won the women's 8K in 27:48 and Jose Aoriara of Glenoma, Wash. won the wheelchair 8K in 25:09.

Beat the Bridge has raised more than than $13 million since its inception in 1983. The event started when a group of nordstrom employees saw a colleague's young son receive a diagnosis of type one diabetes.