Weekend Race Report – June 27-28
Saturday June 27th was the inaugural Seattle Rock and Roll Marathon and Half Marathon. SAA had several runners participating, Dan MacLaren, Jan Frail, Linda Hilts, Mark Bostwick, Michelle and Mike Laporte, Jim Fox and myself, Amanda Hill all ran the half marathon. Tracey Marshall and James Copley ran the full marathon. It was a beautiful sunny 7:00AM start in Tukwila for this one way race. Along the scenic route we had cheer teams and live music at many spots. The marathoners and halfers stayed together until approx mile 9 where the full marathoners split and headed out over Lake Washington on a floating bridge. They joined the large half marathoners on course 2 miles later to hit the streets of downtown Seattle. The course had some hills but overall was very scenic, passing through beautiful neighbourhoods, along the lake, expressways and even through a tunnel. Race support was fantastic as expected from a group such as Rock and Roll. The finish was just outside of Qwest Stadium with streets lined by spectators. Just as Dan and I were heading down the last 250 meters, the winner of the marathon, Peter Omae, passed us on his way to the finish line. It was quite spectacular to watch him sprint as he won the marathon in the same amount of time as we did our half. Apparently 25,000 spots sold with 70% women participating. This was a fun race to participate in and highly recommended for next year. I hear some SAA members have already signed up. Check it out at http://www.rnrseattle.com/
Up in Whistler, Benji Chu ran the Comfortably Numb 25km ish Trail Race.Â The course winds trail through moss covered forest, gains elevation mostly in the first portion with the majority of course beingÂ undulating trail.Â The last portion of the race hasÂ most of the descent withÂ tricky sections near the finish. Nice work Benji!
Over in Nice France, we had George Tiller completing Ironman France. Now this race is difficult by itself, but George thought he’d make it a little tougher on himself by crashing his bike a week before the race and breaking a couple ribs and straining his abductor. Then 8 km into the bike portion of the race, George had another mishap as he tried to avoid a crowded narrow path and hit a concrete barrier. Although bruised and battered, he finished the race in great time. Well done George, now that’s perseverance!
Also on Sunday, but a little closer to home, we had a few SAA members running the Scotia Half Marathon. George Lau, Debbie Samsom, Susan Gelinas and Jim (I run a race everyday) Fox all hadÂ great races. Jim pulled out a PB for the Sunday race as he felt the 1/2 marathon the day before was the perfect warmup.