Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Local racers complete the Race to Robie Creek

Angenie McCleary finishes fourth overall

Despite evidence to the contrary, not all Americans are turning into couch potatoes.

More than 2,200 Idaho spuds finished the 30th annual Race to Robie Creek half-marathon in Boise Saturday, giving the clicker a rest for at least one day.

Of course, participants' legs might have felt like mashed potatoes after finishing the 13.1 mile course, which climbs about 8.5 punishing miles before a 4-mile plus downhill which is almost as hard on the gams.

Boise runner Cori Mooney captured a record-tying fourth title Saturday, winning the women's race in 1:27.01. Mooney tied the record for overall wins set by Marilyn Grisham, but still owns the course's fastest mark of 1:23.52 set in 1998.

28-year old Angenie McCleary of Ketchum finished fourth overall and second in her age group in 1:40.48. Jamie Harding was 46th overall and 10th in her age group in 1:57.15.

The men's winner was 28-year old Patrick McCurry of Meridian with a blistering time of 1:18.05. McCurry, a 1995 graduate of Bishop Kelly High School, was 29 seconds in front of runner-up Jeremy Kirk of Mountain Home.

Local men in the mix were Keith Booth of Hailey. Booth completed the course in 1:55.53 to finish 232nd in the men's overall and 49th in his age class. John Gorham of Ketchum was 413th overall and 118th in his age class with a time of 2:06.08. Hailey's Dave Keir was 611th out of 1,215 men, and 118th in his class with a time of 2:17.12.

In the women's division, 1,067 racers finished the course. Belying her less-than-blazing speed on the soccer pitch, Tizz Miller of Bellevue was 106th overall and 24th in her age class with a time of 2:06.06. Chalk it up to grim determination.

Gadrie Edmunds of Hailey (231st overall/42nd age class) clocked in at 2:17.12; Gretchen Gorham (270th/69th) 2:20.51; Kristin Syms (371st/52nd) 2:29.39; Nicole Brown (380th/53rd) 2:30.12; Gretchen Goss (105th/577th) 2:46.42; Mackenzie Dennard (1003rd/172nd) 3:57.40; and Andrea Palm (1004th/173rd) 3:57.40.

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