Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Arnot among leaders in Catalina Island marathon

Avalon 26.2-miler

     The women’s record holder of Mt. Everest summits, Ketchum’s Melissa Arnot, 30, picked up her pace Saturday, March 15 during the Catalina Island Conservancy Marathon 26.2-mile run in California.

     Arnot placed 32nd of 481 marathon runners and fifth of 204 women at 4.02:16, good for a pace of 9:14 per mile.

     She won the Women’s 30-34 age class and improved her finishing time of 2013 by 14 minutes and 44 seconds. Last year she finished as the ninth female and 55th overall.

     Repeating as women’s winner was Stephanie Wurtz, 31, of Manitou Springs, Co. in 3.24:00, fourth overall. Men’s winner was Garret Bean, 31, of San Francisco, Ca. in 3.03:43.

     The hilly and challenging point-to-point off-road marathon from Two Harbors to Avalon on the island of Catalina off the coast of Los Angeles featured 4,310 feet of elevation gain and spectacular views.

     Arnot’s husband, last year’s Sun Valley Suns co-captain Jon Duval, 35, of Ketchum finished 34th overall in Saturday’s marathon in 4.05:34, placing fourth in the Men’s 35-39 class and the 29th man in a 9:22 pace.

     His father, 69-year-old Lou Duval of Winchester, Ma., finished Saturday’s 26-miler in 5.13:13, good for fifth place in the Men’s 65-69 class and 199th place overall. He was just 13 seconds behind last year’s time.

     Most of the marathon finishers were Californians, but another Idaho finisher was Annelies Ware, 44, of Ketchum in 5.10:31, fifth in Women’s 40-44, 182nd overall and the 61st woman, a pace of 11:51 per mile.

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