Wednesday, April 19, 2006

High noon for a tough half marathon

Fairfield's Arritola third at Robie Creek

On a cool day for a summit climb, Fairfield's Morgan Arritola, 19, ran into the elite class of the 13.1-mile Race to Robie Creek that started as always at High Noon on April's third Saturday.

The Sun Valley Junior Nordic ski team racer who has become one of the country's best cross-country skiers placed third of 971 women in the 29th annual half-marathon.

Arritola (1.39:24) was 70th overall of the 2,208 finishers and trailed only two women—first-time winner Amy Robillard, 26, of Boise, a former collegiate swimmer, and runner-up Lauri Thompson, 30, of Boise, who won the 2004 Robie Creek footrace.

Robillard's time in an event that bills itself "the toughest half marathon in the Northwest," was 1.29:12, placing her a heady 15th overall. Thompson was clocked in 1.30.23.

Saturday's first-time men's winner was Travis Armstrong, 29, of Boise in 1.17:07 ahead of 2003 Robie Creek men's king Alan Newton, 42, of Boise (1.18.52), last year's winner Patrick McCurry, 29, of Boise (1.19:35) and five-time champion Mike Carlson, 46, of Boise (1.21:24).

A maximum 2,400 runners paid $35 entry fees for the privilege of doing the steep 13.1-mile up-and-down course.

It starts at Fort Boise Community Center (elevation 2,725), hits the 4,797-foot Aldape Summit at the 8.5-mile point, and then descends to Robie Creek (elevation 3,065).

And if you can take it, you can swish down a shot of whiskey at the summit.

Fairfield's Arritola was one of 13 Blaine County and Camas County runners who took part in Saturday's run. Their class finishes, names, ages, times and overall finishes within gender are listed (chip times):

Women's 25-29: 69th of 174—Megan Thomas, 25, 2.24:23 (359th of 971).

Men's 25-29: 138th of 168—Jade Greenfield, 25, 2.29:25 (924th of 1,237).

Women's 30-34: 82nd of 150—Jennifer Emery Davidson, 33, 2.28:15 (413th).

Men's 30-34: 161st of 209—Mark Davidson, 33, 2.28:14 (916th).

Women's 40-44: 48th of 125—Mary Hall, 44, 2.25:25 (388th).

Women's 45-49: 4th of 101—Kathy Morell, 45, 1.55:52 (41st). 11th of 101—Bridget Cimino, 48, 2.02:31 (88th). 13th of 101—Kelly Bird, 45, 2.06:35 (130th). 17th of 101—Shari Kunz, 47, 2.10:18 (179th).

Men's 45-49: 23rd of 147—Kyle Kunz, 48, 1.55:48 (276th).

Women's 50-54: 7th of 62—Cathy Miller, 54, of Fairfield, 2.13:50 (222nd).

Men's 55-59: 45th of 62—Joe Yelda, 57, 3.00:10 (1,125th).

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