Thursday, July 23, 2015

Yakima River Canyon Marathon Race Review

                             YAKIMA RIVER CANYON MARATHON

The YRCM is a marathon created for runners. Seems obvious, but this race is small (274 finishers in 2015), personal and friendly, not like many large-scaled mega-marathons that are being offered today. Lenore and Bob Dolphin have been the Race Directors since the marathon’s inception 15 years ago.  

Bob, age 85, has over 500 marathons to his credit and he participated in Saturday’s race by walking 13 miles of the course. This is an awesome couple, beloved by all who know them in the running community.

The marathon is a point-to-point course, running through the entire 23 miles of the Yakima River Canyon. The marathon begins in Ellensburg and follows the Yakima River downstream to Selah, on a paved, very curvy, cambered roadway. The net elevation drops over 300 feet, but two major uphills (one over a mile long!) make hopes of a personal best out of reach for most runners. Since the road is closed to outside traffic, there are no spectators. But the enthusiastic support of the volunteers at the water stations  makes up for the lack of the cacophony of cheering, cowbells, and din at the larger races.  Sheer basalt rock cliffs line the canyon, which rise as much as 2,000 feet above the river that carved the canyon. Here is the densest concentration of falcons, eagles, and hawks in the state, much of the land managed by the Bureau of Land Management. The peace and tranquility of the rolling barren hills, basalt cliffs, and gently flowing Yakima River is interrupted only by an occasional train whistle on the tracks below. 

The weather this year was perfect for most runners, 47 degrees at the start in morning sunshine, clouding up mid-morning. There was often a tailwind, but occasionally a strong head or side wind coming up the canyon. 

Although the YRCM is a challenging race, it attracts some of the fastest distance runners in the Northwest (this year, participants hailed from 20 states and two Canadian provinces). Seventeen participants have finished all previous fourteen YRCMs. The marathon is a reunion race for the 100 Marathon Club North America members. Martin Rudow, recently retired editor/publisher of Northwest Runner Magazine, was the guest speaker at the pasta meal this year. An awards ceremony took place at 4:00 pm after the marathon. First time marathoners received special recognition. 

The first male Silver Strider was Tacoma’s Tony Phillippi, 53, at 3:04:24, second overall male. The first 50+ female was Mary Richards, 53, at 3:37:08, third female overall. Mary also holds the course record of 2:58:06, set in 2006. Sylvia Quinn, 78, Spokane, ran a fast time of 4:23:28, a World Class age-graded rating of 90.94%!

If running a marathon through the scenic wonders of a desert canyon sounds appealing, make some memories with this one. The women even get a rose at the finish, and the men, if they are lucky, get a hug from Lenore!
Judy Fisher and Bob Dolphin

By Judy Fisher

Go here to visit the Yakima River Canyon Marathon 

Friday, June 26, 2015

2015 Fall City Days Fun Run Video

Sights and Sounds from the start of the 2015 Fall City Days Fun Run. A 5k , 10k held in Fall City, WA on June 2015. View ALL the race day photos here! 

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Race day photos from the 2015 Tacoma City Marathon. Click here to view ALL the race day photos!
This race is held in Tacoma WA on May 3, 2015. Visit The Tacoma City Marathon and register to race!

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

2015 Family Support Center Mother's Day 5k Photos

Photos from the 1st annual Family Support Center of South Sound Mother's Day 5k.
May 10, 2015

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Saturday, May 9, 2015

2015 Tacoma City Marathon

Sights and Sounds from the 2015 Tacoma City Marathon. May 3, 2015

Monday, April 20, 2015

Desisa, Rotich Victorious at the 2015 Boston Marathon

 Scott Bush, Running USA Wire
 Running USA
 April 20, 2015
Ritzenhein (7th place), Linden (4th) lead the American charge;  Keflezighi is 8th

2015 Boston MarathonBOSTON (April 20, 2015) - Tight packs, cool temperatures and moderate early paces led to thrilling finishes Monday morning at the 119th running of the  Boston Marathon.
Early on, both the men’s and women’s races held over a dozen competitors among their lead packs. While athletes took turns leading each, ultimately it was the front running heroics of Americans Des Linden and Dathan Ritzenhein which drove onlookers into a frenzy.