Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Capital City Marathon Race Report

Capital City Marathon Race Report by Bob Dolphin

May 15, 2011

On Sunday, May 15, 2011, the Capital City Marathon at Olympia, Washington, celebrated its 30th anniversary with a lot of enthusiasm.  All marathon entrants were given a polyester jacket that had three zippered pockets.  On the front was an embroidered running figure with the wording of “30 Years 1981-2011, Capital City Marathon, May 15, 2011, Olympia, WA.”  The same design was also used on a tote bag that was given to the runners. 

Because I had run 26 of the 29 Capital City Marathons continuously since 1985, this occasion meant a lot to me.  Shortly after I moved to Yakima from Nevada, Iowa, this race was one of my first Northwest marathons.

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The day before the marathon Lenore and I went to packet pickup at the Sylvester Park Race Headquarters.  It’s located at the start/finish lines and across the street from the Governor Hotel where we stayed for two nights.

At the park we met with Denny Brooks of www.ontherunevents.com who has been the webmaster for our Yakima River Canyon Marathon website for eleven years.  We gave him the updates for our March 31, 2012, event, and then we visited with running friends Jim Scheer, Patrick & Unha Lee, Diana “Slug” Robinson and others.

We enjoyed our traditional carbo-loading meal that evening at a nearby Olive Garden with our “adopted” grandson Michael Dutton and others.  The Capital City Marathon 16 years ago had been Michael’s first marathon, and he and I looked forward to the next day’s race for his 17th consecutive Capital City Marathon and my 27th.

The next morning I had breakfast at the hotel and visited briefly with long-time friend Bill Torsen before crossing the park to the starting line.  At 7:00 a.m. about 360 runners began the race in a steady rain that lasted until mid-afternoon.  The air temperature that started at 43 degrees rose to 53 degrees as time passed.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Tacoma City Marathon Race Report

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Tacoma City Marathon Race Report by Bob Dolphin

May 1, 2011

The fifth anniversary of the Tacoma City Marathon took place at Tacoma, Washington, on Sunday, May 1, 2011.  Marathon Maniac (MM) Tony Phillippi, the co-director with Paul Morrison of the Bonney Lake Fleet Feet Sports store, their associates and the sponsors are to be commended.  In addition to the marathon, this successful event includes a half marathon, marathon relay, a 5K race and a kids’ race.

On Friday, two days before the marathon, Lenore and I drove from our Renton home to Tacoma where we checked in at the Hotel Murano, the Race Headquarters.  We then went to the Health & Fitness Expo/Packet Pickup in the hotel for a short visit with Tony at his booth for the Tacoma City Marathon Association.  A major function of the Association is directing six races in the Tacoma area during the year, including the Tacoma City Marathon.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Walking Slows Progression of Alzheimer's

RSNA News Release

CHICAGO — Walking may slow cognitive decline in adults with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and Alzheimer's disease, as well as in healthy adults, according to a study presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).

"We found that walking five miles per week protects the brain structure over 10 years in people with Alzheimer's and MCI, especially in areas of the brain's key memory and learning centers," said Cyrus Raji, Ph.D., from the Department of Radiology at the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania. "We also found that these people had a slower decline in memory loss over five years."

Alzheimer's disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disease that slowly destroys memory and cognitive skills. According to the National Institute on Aging, between 2.4 million and 5.1 million Americans have Alzheimer's disease. Based on current population trends, that number is expected to increase significantly over the next decade.

In cases of MCI, a person has cognitive or memory problems exceeding typical age-related memory loss, but not yet as severe as those found in Alzheimer's disease. About half of the people with MCI progress to Alzheimer's disease.

"Because a cure for Alzheimer's is not yet a reality, we hope to find ways of alleviating disease progression or symptoms in people who are already cognitively impaired," Dr. Raji said.
For the ongoing 20-year study, Dr. Raji and colleagues analyzed the relationship between physical activity and brain structure in 426 people, including 299 healthy adults (mean age 78), and 127 cognitively impaired adults (mean age 81), including 83 adults with MCI and 44 adults with Alzheimer's dementia.

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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Eggleston, Bekele Win Dick's Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon

Event record 18,000 participants at third edition in City of Bridges
By Karen Fredette

PITTSBURGH - (May 15, 2011) - With a temperature in the 60s, and a drizzle that didn't dampen runners' spirits, the 3rd running of the Dick's Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh Half Marathon and the FedEx Ground Pittsburgh Marathon Relay was underway. The City of Bridges hosted an event record field of 18,000 registered participants as well as cheering crowds all along the marathon route.

Men's champion Jeffrey Eggleston was the elite rabbit, hired to set the pace for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials Qualifying "A" standard of 2 hours, 19 minutes. The role kept him in the second pack through most of the race. At mile 18, his role as rabbit was complete, and the Flagstaff, Arizona resident moved ahead to join the leaders, a pack comprised exclusively of Kenyans and Ethiopians, including Isaac Birir, David Rutoh, Teklu Deneke and Tariku Bokain. At mile 25, the 26-year-old American made his decisive move, pulling away to finish 29 seconds in front of Rutoh, with a time of 2 hours, 16 minutes, 40 seconds.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Wenatchee Marathon Race Report

Wenatchee Marathon Race Report - April 16, 2011, by Bob Dolphin

After completing marathon #482 at our Yakima River Canyon Marathon on April 2, 2011, I began working on my goal of running #500 at next year’s marathon in the Canyon on March 31, 2012. 

I enjoyed running the Wenatchee Marathon two years ago, so I chose that race on April 16, 2011, as the first of the 17 I need to reach this goal.  Because of my sciatica injury, I registered as a walker and was automatically added to the 6:30 a.m. early start list.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Rampage at the RAC !

Experience a 5k race with obstacles that will challenge you to the Xtreme!  Crawl through a mud pit, scale a cargo net, run up a hill of sand, careen down a giant slip and slide, high step through a field of tires, crawl through a giant tunnel, weave through a web of ropes, jump over fire and more!  (Obstacles subject to change.)

Saturday, October 8, 2011, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Regional Athletic Complex, 8345 Steilacoom Road SE

Cost: $40 through September 1; $55 September 2 - 22
Registration Deadline: September 23, or when filled.
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Monday, May 16, 2011

Morroco's Harroufi Wins 100th Zazzle Bay to Breakers

Lineth Chepkurui repeats title in women's race as event marks a century  
From Bay to Breakers 

SAN FRANCISCO (May 15, 2011) - Ridouane Harroufi of Morocco won the 100th Zazzle Bay to Breakers 12K in 34 minutes, 26 seconds, becoming his country's first athlete to ever win the race in its century of existence. 

Harroufi is the first non-Kenyan male to win in 20 years. Lineth Chepkurui of Kenya, the returning female winner and world record holder in the Women's Division, again finished first in the Women's Division with a time of 39:12.

Harroufi and Chepkurui were also the first male and female to cross the summit at Hayes Street Hill.

The first Americans to finish was Jason Hartmann, 30, of Boulder, Colo., who edged out fan favorite Meb Keflezighi for sixth place in 35:28. Olympian Keflezighi was seventh in 35:34.  The last time an American man won the race was Ed Eyestone's 1986 victory. 

Komon Smashes Record for $45,000 Payday at UAE Healthy Kidney 10K

Course record bonus will be raised to $30,000 in 2012 
by NYRR 

NEW YORK (May 14, 2011) - Leonard Patrick Komon of Kenya strengthened his position as the hottest distance runner on the planet when he defeated one of the finest 10K fields ever assembled and broke the Central Park 10K record at the UAE Healthy Kidney 10K.  Komon's time of 27:35 took seven seconds off Ethiopian Gebre Gebremariam's winning 27:42 from last year and earned him a $20,000-course record
 bonus, which, added to the $25,000 winner's purse, made Komon's payday the highest for the winner of any non-marathon race in the United States.

Stevick , Pullins win the 2011 Capital City Marathon

OLYMPIA, Wa. - (May 15, 2011) - Sunday marked the 30th Capital City Marathon held in Olympia WA. Jesse Stevick from Olympia won the Marathon with a finish time of 2:33:13. Sabine Pullins from Joint Base Lewis-McChord won the woman's division with a finish time of 3:14:10. This is Stevick's fifth win in six years at the Capital City Marathon.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Hesch, Marley Win Santa Barbara Wine Country Half Marathon

Race record 2,401 finishers at 5th edition in beautiful Santa Ynez Valley

SOLVANG, Calif. - (May 7, 2011) - Late entries Christian Hesch and Tiffanie Marleyled a strong elite field of runners at the 5th Santa Barbara Wine Country Half Marathon on Saturday morning. Hesch from Hollywood, CA set the pace from the start and cruised to victory in a time of 1 hour, 6 minutes, 53 seconds, defeating runner-upBryant Jensen from Ogden, UT by seven seconds with Mark Batres of Rowland Heights, CA third.

In the women's race, Marley of Lake Hughes, CA held off 2008 race winner and Masters ace Susan Loken, 47, from Phoenix, AZ in 1:22:23 to 1:22:47. Both Hesch and Marley had won their only other previous Wine Country Half Marathon (Healdsburg), and this time the race champions took home a 3L bottle of wine, a Ball Watch and $500 cash. Second place finishers received $300 in cash and magnum of wine and third place took home $200 and a magnum of wine. The top three in each age group also won a bottle of wine.

Professional Fields Set for USA 1 Mile Road Championships

Men's defending champion David Torrence faces top challengers including Ryan Hall; women's national championship race a toss-up

ST. PAUL, Minn. - (May 10, 2011) - Talented men's and women's fields will race to become the country's champion road miler at the USA 1 Mile Road Championships held in conjunction with Thursday's 7th Medtronic TC 1 Mile in downtown Minneapolis. Aspiring Olympic athletes will race for $22,500 in prize money with $4000 to each national champion plus a pair of $10,000 time bonuses.

In the men's race, a pack of hungry contenders - including an unlikely challenger - seek to dethrone two-time USA champion David Torrence of Oakland, California, the only athlete to break the four-minute barrier on the Nicollet Mall course. In women's competition, thanks to a late scratch by defending champion Anna Pierce, a new USA Champion will emerge from a talented field eager for glory at the sport's signature distance.

Yakima River Canyon Marathon

2011 Race Report by Bob Dolphin
April 2, 2011

When I awoke just before 4:00 a.m. on race day, April 2, 2011, I was excited as I anticipated walking the Yakima River Canyon Marathon (YRCM) as an early starter for the first time. For our marathon early starts are reserved for those runners and walkers who do not anticipate finishing the course in seven hours from the regular 8:00 a.m. start.

Lenore and I left at 4:45 a.m. and were accompanied by Gilbert Barrera of San Antonio, Texas. He was staying next door with his daughter Rosie Rifa and had planned to be a volunteer at Aid Station #11 manned by the Rifa family. Instead, he changed his plans and chose to compete in his second YRCM as a walker.
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We arrived at the Selah Civic Center before 5:00 a.m. to meet with other early starters for our drive to Ellensburg. Joining Gilbert and me in our Subaru Outback (purchased from our sponsor, Stewart Subaru of Yakima!) were Eugene DeFronzo of Chesire, Connectictut, Elaine Koga-Kennelly and her husband Paul Kennelly from Newman Lake (near Spokane) and Frank Bartocci of Rochester, Minnesota.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Flying Pig Marathon Boasts Record Field for 13th Running

O'Connor, McDonaugh and James, Robillard win marathon and half-marathon titles; more than 30,000 runners and walkers in Cincinnati
By Jackie Reau, Game Day Communications

CINCINNATI - (May 1, 2011) - A record weekend registration of more than 30,000 runners and walkers highlighted the 13th running of the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon powered by P&G. The two-day total of 30,408 participants included 5,083 for the marathon, 12,155 for the half-marathon and 3,044 for the relays, all running on Sunday.

The winner of the men's division of the Marathon was 24-year-old Kieran O'Connor from New York, New York in a personal best time of 2 hours, 28 minutes, 2 seconds. O'Connor, a 2009 graduate of the University of Notre Dame, won the Pig in only his second marathon ever. His first was the 2010 ING New York City Marathon, where he was the 13th American to finish. O'Connor, who is now in graduate studies at New York University, took the lead early and never was challenged.

Campos, Woodward Win Big Sur International Marathon

More than 3,200 finishers over tougher out-and-back course at 26th edition; nearly 7,000 finish from six event races
By Julie Armstrong, BSIM

CARMEL, Calif. - (May 1, 2011) - The beautiful and daunting Big Sur International Marathon proved even tougher to 3,218 marathon finishers on Sunday due to a modified out-and-back course necessitated by the collapse of California's Highway One last month. At the 26th Presentation, veteran runners of the scenic course all commented on the difficulty of the run which increased the number of hills and overall climb from 1,700 feet to 2,400 feet.

A tight race between Italy's Hermann Achmueller, 40, and Mario Mendoza, 25, from Bend, OR, took place through 24 miles, with Monterey County's own Jesus Campos, 26, trailing in third position by over a minute at mile 17. Achmueller made a strong move at mile 24 and dropped Mendoza, commenting later "I thought that move had won the race."

As Mendoza faded to 4th, Campos, 26, caught and passed Achmueller just before Mile 25 with a strong move that carried him to an impressive win by 2-plus minutes over Achmueller. Campos finished first in 2 hours, 31 minutes, 54 seconds, capping an incredible six year run at Big Sur that saw him finish, 5th, 4th, 2nd, 4th, 6th and now race champion.

Kellum, Riativa Capture Country Music Marathon Crowns

Maag, Horst half-marathon titlists; country stars, celebrities, 30,000 participate in Nashville's running celebration at 12th edition
By Amana Miyamae, Competitor Group

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - (April 30, 2011) - On a cool Saturday morning that grew into a sunny Nashville afternoon, more than 30,000 runners toed the start line for the 12th Country Music Marathon & ½ Marathon presented by Nissan.

American Idol star Danny Gokey kicked off the event by performing the national anthem for thousands of spectators and inspiring the runners moments before the starting gun. The Weather Channel's Stephanie Abrams, Survivor "Gabon" contestant Marcus Lehman and country music star Jimmy Olander of Diamond Rio all participated in the half-marathon. Great American Country host Suzanne Alexander also completed the 13.1-mile distance.


Contact: Don Kardong, Race Director—(509) 838-1579

Mekonnin and Ndirangu Blast the Final Downhill to Win

Spokane, Washington—Withdrawal from the field of last year's winners Peter Kirui and Lineth Chepkurui opened up both men's and women's races in the final days before the race, but it would take until the final downhill slope for two runners to seize the opportunity and surge to victory in the 35th running of the Lilac Bloomsday Run. Misiker Mekonnin of Ethiopia and Simon Ndirangu of Kenya were both new to the Bloomsday course, but both had a clear enough notion of where the finish line was to outsprint and outlean all contenders in two hotly contested races.

A field of 56,460 signed up for this year's Bloomsday, and as an early morning fog quickly burned off it left the throng to gather under clear, sunny, chilly skies. Temperature at the start was near 40 degrees, and there was little wind to bother the racers, starting with the elite women's contest. Misiker Mekonnin had plenty of company throughout most of the women's race, as a tactical pace kept a large pack together through early miles of 5:17, 5:13, and, on the mostly uphill third mile, 5:39. Kenya's Jelliah Tinega and Wude Ayalew Yimer of Ethiopia moved into the lead briefly toward the top of Cemetery Hill near the three-mile point, but neither move was decisive enough to break up a pack of 10.

That group was still together at the base of Doomsday Hill, just shy of five miles, but the normally challenging ascent left only two runners struggling, with eight still together at the top. A half-mile later one runner faded, but a modest 33:56 10K time

Sunday, May 1, 2011

2011 Tacoma City Marathon Results

Tacoma WA - (May 1, 2011)  Blue skies and sunshine greeted over 1,700 runners in downtown Tacoma this morning for the 5th annual Tacoma City Marathon. Michael Lynes won the marathon with a time of 2:40:39.

Male Participants
1.     Michael Lynes         2:40:39
2.     Edwin Vega         2:44:16
3.     Gilbert Ondusko     2:55:05
4.     Roger Mueller Jr     3:00:28
5.     Tim Campbell         3:03:50
Female Participants
1.     Merita Trohimovich     3:15:25
2.     Josie Jacques-Maynes     3:16:57
3.     Leanna Fischer         3:26:13
4.     Ericha Hager         3:27:16
5.     Christy Paul         3:29:14

Look here for Full Results!

2011 Race Day Photos here!