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For the week of May 9 through May 15, 2001

Runners finish Great Potato course in Boise

23rd annual Boise YMCA event

Twelve Wood River Valley runners were among 830 foot-racers finishing the 23rd annual Great Potato Marathon, half-marathon and 5-kilometer fun runs May 5 near Boise.

Finishing in the top three of their classes in the half-marathon were Erin Long, Jeff Ealey and Cyndy Garvin. Indeed, Garvin won her women’s 45-49 age class and finished 37th overall of 157 women.

In the 5-kilometer race, John Swyers won his class and Genie Swyers finished second.

The only 26-mile, 385-yard marathon finisher from this area was Hailey’s Greg Wilt, 37, who finished 36th overall of 218 marathoners and seventh in the men’s 35-39 age class with a finishing time of 3.29:09.

Overall marathon winner was Alex Pachev, 28, of Provo, Utah with a time of 2.37:36. The men’s runner-up was Blas Guerra, 36, of Ontario, Ore. in 2.44:59. In fifth overall, leading the women, was Jane Hewett, 31, of Juliaetta in 3.01:56.

In the half-marathon, there were eight locals among 298 finishers. Here are overall placings, names, ages and times:

23—Jeff Ealey, 39, of Hailey 1.33:43, 2nd 35-39. 70—Marty Smith, 46, of Ketchum, 1.47:37, 7th 45-49. 77—Emilie Pavlovich, 29, of Ketchum, 1.48:43, 5th 25-29 and the 16th woman. 82—Erin Long, 23, of Ketchum, 1.49:07, 2nd 20-24 and the 18th woman.

95—Heidi Smith, 44, of Ketchum, 1.50:51, 6th 40-44 and the 24th woman. 103—Christine Gould, 29, of Ketchum, 1.52:40, 7th 25-29 and the 30th woman. 114—Cyndy Garvin, 48, of Bellevue, 1.54:16, 1st 45-49 and the 37th woman. 115—Todd Carrier, 29, of Ketchum, 1.54:21, 10th 25-29.

There were 314 runners in the 5k event. John Swyers, 61, of Ketchum, won the men’s 60-69 age class in 20:32, good for 25th place overall. Kent Lyons, 49, of Hailey was 51st overall with a time of 23:05, 5th in 45-49.

And Genie Swyers placed second in the women’s 45-49 age class with a time of 26:27, the 31st woman and 114th overall.

Sponsoring the event was the Boise YMCA and Boise Y-Striders. For complete results, go to the Great Potato Web site




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