Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Local runners tune up at Robie Creek, Boston

Tucker leads locals at Robie Creek 13.1-miler

Ketchum's Scott Tucker, 47, won his Men's 45-49 age class by six-and-a-half minutes Saturday during the 33rd annual Race to Robie Creek 13.1-mile half marathon staged on a very warm April day near Boise.

Tucker (1.32:04) finished 20th overall of 2,345 who completed a race called "the toughest half marathon in the Northwest." It starts at Fort Boise Community Center and climbs Aldape Summit before descending into Robie Creek north of Boise.

Winning his third Robie Creek, and second straight, was College of Idaho track and cross country coach Patrick McCurry, 33, of Caldwell in 1.21:26. He was a 37-second winner. First-time women's winner in 18th place overall was Kelsey Jones, 28, of Denver, Colo. in 1.31:40.

There were 1,240 men and 1,105 women finishing the course in times stretching from 1:21:26 to 5:35:37.

Two other podium winners among 20 Robie Creek runners from the Wood River Valley and Fairfield Saturday were Ketchum's Richard Feldman, 40, Bellevue's E.J. Harpham, 53, and Fairfield's Catherine Miller, 58. Just missing the podium was Cyndy Garvin, 57, of Bellevue.

Posting time improvements over last year's Robie Creek were Julie Cord 4:41 and Charles Anderson 4:32. Here are the local results starting with their overall finish placing:

20—Scott Tucker, 47, 1.32:04 (19th man, 1st 40-49). 25—Richard Feldman, 40, 1.33:04 (24th man, 3rd 40-44). 31—Chris Abbott, 35, 1.34:43 (wearing bib #1, 30th man, 6th 35-39). 85—Matthew Fredback, 30, 1.44:41 (81st man, 22nd 30-34). 256—Joanna Peters, 34, 1.55:43 (36th woman, 12th 30-34). 282—E.J. Harpham, 53, 1.57:08 (42nd woman, 3rd 50-54). 285—Julie Cord, 43, 1.57:12 (44th woman, 6th 40-44).

289—Jade Greenfield, 29, 1.57:18 (245th man, 46th 25-29). 298—Marian Lane, 44, 1.57:31 (45th woman, 7th 40-44). 305—Tizz Miller, 41, 1.57:42 (47th woman, 8th 40-44). 523—Charles Anderson, 56, 2.06:20 (427th man, 14th 55-59). 565—Daniel Pastick, 51, 2.08:02 (456th man, 25th 50-54).

881—Michael Cord, 44, 2.18:34 (649th man, 95th 40-44). 998—Catherine Miller, 58, 2.23:26 (295th woman, 3rd 55-59). 1083—Cyndy Garvin, 57, 2.26:03 (328th woman, 4th 55-59). 1348—Candice Smith, 32, 2.34:45 (468th woman, 111th 30-34). 1496—Nicole Kashino, 36, 2.40:15 (555th woman, 89th 35-39). 1604—Meagan Gittins, 28, 2.44:14 (602nd woman, 125th 25-29). 1797—Becca Schubert, 35, 2.53:56 (722nd woman, 112th 35-39). 1855—Robbie Miller, 60, 2.58:09 (1093rd man, 24th 60-64).

Mooney paces Idaho footracers in Boston

Boise's Cori Mooney, six-time Race to Robie Creek women's champ, was the fastest Idaho runner in Monday's 114th Boston Marathon from Hopkinton to Boston, Mass.

Elite Women's contestant Mooney, 36, a Caldwell runner who graduated from Boise State University, was the 38th woman and 586th overall finisher in 2.51:42.

Mooney is the women's Backcountry Run 16.5-mile course record holder for the Ketchum footrace, having clocked a 1.58:47 time in 2003. She finished her second Boston Marathon, and her fifth overall.

Setting a new course record Monday was men's winner Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot, 21, of Kenya in 2.05:52 for a $175,000 payday. He erased the 2006 record of unrelated Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot by 1:22 and ran the fastest marathon in history without a pacesetter.

The top American man in a new U.S. record was Ryan Hall, 27, fourth place in 2.08:41. He was seeking to break a 27-year American victory drought in the Boston. Women's winner was Teyba Erkesso of Ethiopia by three seconds in 2.26:11.

Among the 75 Gem State finishers in a field of 23,126 finishers (26,735 starters for a 97.5% finish rate) were five from the Wood River Valley.

They were, with numbers:

1594—Angenie McCleary, 33, of Ketchum 3.03:03 (102nd woman, 86th division). 6412—Joseph J. Wojcik Jr., 46, of Sun Valley 3.28:25 (5317th man, 874th division).

7913—Kristin Cassalia, 34, of Hailey 3.33:44 (1684th woman, 1276th division). 9444—Leigh Everitt, 43, of Sun Valley 3.38:55 (2420th woman, 389th division). 15127—Renee Perin, 41, of Ketchum 3.59:47 (5481th woman, 1084th division).

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