Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Arritola captures her first Robie Creek 13.1-miler

The 36th running near Boise

    Ketchum’s Morgan Arritola, 26, known for her hill climbing prowess as an Olympian in Nordic skiing and as a world champion in competitive running, won her first Race to Robie Creek 13.1-mile footrace Saturday near Boise.
    Arritola was fifth overall out of 2,346 Robie Creek finishers up the challenging 2,100-foot Aldape Summit climb and ended up eighth overall with a final time of 1.27:29. She was the first woman among the 1,043 female finishers.
    Saturday’s women’s runner-up, 37-year-old Lauri Thompson of Boise, was 4:39 behind Arritola with a time of 1.32:08 in the 36th running of the Robie. Former Robie queen Tiffany Larson, 46, was the third woman, 35th overall, in 1.34:35.
    Among her achievements in endurance sports: Last Sept. 2, Arritola led the U.S. women to the team gold medal at the World Mountain Running Association world championships on a 5.5-mile course with 2,500 vertical feet of elevation gain at Ponte di Legno, Italy.
    Only twice before had Arritola finished Robie Creek, which calls itself the “the toughest half marathon in the Northwest.” The run starts at Fort Boise Community Center and climbs Aldape Summit before descending into Robie Creek near Boise.
    Arritola’s previous finishes were both as the third-place overall woman behind the runner-up, who was Lauri Thompson. In 2006 as a 19-year-old, Arritola was 70th overall and nine minutes behind Thompson with a time of 1.39:24. In 2007, Arritola (1.35:36) placed third behind runner-up Thompson (1.33:28).
    Saturday’s dominant men’s winner was former University of Idaho runner Markus Geiger, 24, in 1.14:17. He won by six minutes over Eric Fitzpatrick, 21, 1.20:25. Other Wood River Valley age-class podium finishers Saturday included:
    Richard Feldman, 43, of Ketchum with a third place in Men’s 40-44 and 16th place overall in 1.30:18; Bellevue’s EJ Harpham, 56, with a second place in Women’s 55-59 at 2.04:14, good for 695th overall; and Bellevue’s Cyndy Garvin, 60, with third place in Women’s 60-64 at 2.22:40, 1,334th. Harpham improved her time by six minutes over last year’s Robie.
    Other locals ranked by their overall finishes, with name, age, time and age class result:
    78—Matt Fredback, 33, 1.39:53 (14th 30-34), a 4:32 time improvement over last year. 145—Travis Vandenburgh, 37, 1.44:40 (33rd 35-39). 166—Hannes Achhorner, 34, 1.45:56 (37th 30-34). 242—David Gundy, 34, 1.49:45 (51st 30-34). 292—Kate Whitcomb, 32, 1.52:03 (5th 30-34). 352—Cortney Vandenburgh, 33, 1.54:20 (9th 30-34). 398—Tizz Miller, 44, 1.55:44 (10th 40-44), a 9:35 time improvement.
    509—Nicole Kashino, 39, 1.58:48 (21st 35-39), a 38:25 time improvement. 531—Daniel Pastick, 54, 1.59:29 (24th 50-54). 552—Earl Mayne, 30, 99th 30-34, 2.00:05. 558—Nic Nottingham, 29, 2.00:11 (60th 25-29). 1571—Cathy Miller, 61, 2.30:55 (6th 60-64), a 4:40 time improvement. 1825—Susan Gundy, 58, 2.42:41 (19th 55-59).

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