The theme for the 2009 edition of the Race to Robie Creek was The Blue Period, and while grinding through a 13.1 mile footrace billed as "the toughest half-marathon in Northwest" might not be considered art, it's a thing of beauty once you are done.
The race's 32nd annual edition started at Fort Boise Community Center and climbed up to Aldape Summit and down to Robie Creek Saturday, attracting 2,232 runners, including 20 from the Wood River Valley.
39-year old Brad Mitchell of Hailey won his age class (M35-39), finishing 11th overall in 1:26.19. 32-year-old Patrick McCurry of Caldwell captured the men's overall title in 1:18.31. Boise's Cori Mooney claimed a record sixth Robie championship in 1:26.14, finishing 14th overall.
Tiffany Larson of Ketchum ran to first in the women's master's category in 1:38.23. She was the fourth woman across the line and 44th overall. Bob Lowry (1:49.14) posted top ten class results with a fourth in men 50-54, and Heather Lyons (1:50.12) was fifth in women 30-34 and 24th in the women's overall. Kelly Bird took ninth in women 45-49 in 2:05.25. Tizz Miller finished in under two hours (1:57.26) to take 10th in women 40-44 and 61st in the women's overall.
M25-29: 13—Matt Fredback 1:40.47. W25-29: 61—Jess Kolkmann 2:15.43. 81—Carmen Zamzow 2:22.51. 95—Amber Kirtley 2:26.08. 106—Lindsey Smith 2:29.44. 157—Summer Smith 2:51.25. M30-34: 136—Todd Dunham 2:22.23. W30-34: 5—Heather Lyons 1:50.12. 33—Kristin Cassalia 2:05.29. 108—Becca Schubert 2:29.43. 162—Gretchen Goss 2:53.49. M35-39: 1—Brad Mitchell 1:26.19. W35-39: 101—Kathy Seitz 2:31.15. M40-44: 55—Michael Cord 2:08.02. W40-44: 10—Tizz Miller 1:57.26. 15—Julie Cord 2:01.53. W45-49: 9—Kelly Bird 2:05.25. M50-54: 4—Bob Lowry 1:49.14. M55-59: 22—Charles Anderson 2:10.52.