October 17, 2004
Race Report by Bob Dolphin
For the first time in three years I was able to run the Spokane Marathon
because it was held on an open weekend that didn't conflict with the dates
of the Royal Victoria Marathon. This was the reason for missing the 2002
and 2003 race. In 2001, I was injured. Lenore and I attended anyway that
year, but I was a spectator at the finish line. Prior to that, I had a
string going from the inaugural Spokane Marathon in 1996.
Then and now I am attracted by the beauty of the Spokane River Valley as
viewed from the marathon course. However, the correlation between beauty
and difficulty applies here as it does on most attractive courses.
Because of the many steep hills, this is a difficult course. If you've
run Bloomsday, you've been challenged by the half-mile Doomsday Hill which
is at Mile 22 of the marathon.
The race started at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday, October 17, 2004, in downtown
Spokane near Riverfront Park. Like the weather for the inaugural Spokane
Marathon, it rained and air temperatures were in the low 50's with a
Most of the field of 100 entrants sought shelter under building overhangs
and doorways before the marathon started. This provided an opportunity to
visit with some of the 15 Marathon Maniacs (MM) on hand and with other
friends as well.
As we ran beyond downtown Spokane, the rain abated temporarily. At that
time I had a chance to visit with Steve Moe, 60, of the Seattle area. He
told me that he was training to run the Bangkok Marathon in November. I
suggested that he run the Tri Cities Marathon on October 31, 2004, as a
training run before leaving for Thailand.
At about 10K into the race we ran on the paved Centennial Trail and had
our first view of the turbulent Spokane River several hundred feet below
in a narrow valley. It flowed by native Ponderosa pines, and
yellow-leafed black cottonwoods were located by its banks. The fall color
was striking. Yellow foliage of pink dogbane plants and red-purple
foliage of smooth sumac trees were conspicuous.
In a mile or so, a climb on a steep hill brought the runners to the
attractive campus of Spokane Falls Community College (SFCC) and then onto
the grounds of historic Fort George Wright. Shortly afterward, we were on
the Centennial Trail again on hills that were steep, but short.
At this place and for two miles, half marathon runners started running by
as they had by-passed the SFCC loop. In that group were Pat Quinn, 71, of
Spokane (1:56:21), Keith Wood, 75, of Seattle (1:56:58), and Phil Walchli,
49, of Hermiston, OR (2:06:40).
The combined field split in our 10th mile, and the marathoners continued
downstream away from Spokane while the half marathoners ran back to the
city. In this stretch, I ran alone and sometimes caught a glimpse of Jack
Swanson, 70, a good friend and fellow MM from Spokane Valley. During the
race he had a faster pace than I, but occasionally I would get close to
In the 15th mile of the course we crossed over the 7-mile Bridge to the
other side of the river and reversed direction to head back to Spokane.
We ran on a hilly two-lane, paved road (the Aubrey White Parkway). As we
approached Spokane, the Doomsday Hill awaited the runners. This hill
reguired brisk walking for me, but it went well. The last four miles to
the finish in Riverfront Park included some welcome downhill running. The
rain and wind increased in the latter miles, but it was tolerable.
I followed Jack to the finish line. He had a 4:45:24 for first place in
the 70+M division, and I finished in 4:46:00, 82nd of 96 finishers and 2nd
70+M. Ralph Riddick, 72, another Spokane friend, finished in our division
with a 5:36:09.
Congratulations to Sue Fauerbach, 57, for finishing first in the 55-59F
group with a 4:49:40.....in spite of a foot injury that was troubling her.
It was good to see Lenore, Jack and Gunhild Swanson at the finish line.
We moved quickly to the race recovery site at a nearby Irish
pub/restaurant. It was great to see the many MM's gathered there....Steve
Yee, Chris Warren, Tony Phillipi and others.
At the invitation of MM Chris Marr, we were transported to the Spokane
Club for showers and lunch. There were 12 of us at this delightful meal
to talk about marathoning and enjoy the fellowship of friends. Thanks to
Chris for his generosity. It was a pleasant surprise.
The race was won by Michael Berquist, 31, who received aid from an
accompanying bicyclist. His finishing time was 2:59:52. In second place
was MM Gregg Walchli, 42, (3:04:42) of Seattle whle Troy Nelson, 36, was
third with 3:05:14.
Lori Buratto, 34, was the first woman with a time of 3:12:28 (8th
overall). In second and third places were Susan Pevovar, 23 (3:26:47) and
MM Jennifer Yogi, 29, (3:37:50) of Seattle.
We were glad to be in Spokane again for the marathon and appreciated the
hospitality of our friend Bev Gibson during our visit.
It is timely to note that two runners we know have interrupted their
marathoning to serve in the military in a war zone. Henry Rueden of
DePere, Wisconsin, a 50 State & DC finisher and 100 Marathon Club North
America member, has volunteered for active duty and is now in Iraq. Sgt.
Eddie Hahn, U.S. Army, is also headed to Iraq. Prior to his departure, he
ran the Portland Marathon on October 3, 2004. We appreciate their service
and sacrifice and encourage our running friends to communicate with them
by letters and e-mails.
Written by Bob Dolphin
Partial Results - Spokane Marathon
2:17:00 (Unofficial), Jerry Martin, Greenacres
(1) 2:59:52 Michael Bergquist, 31,
(Not included in age division in official results)
(2) 3:04:42 Gregg Walchli, 42, Seattle, MM, First in Division
(3) 3:05:14 Troy Nelson, 36, 1st
(1F) 3:12:28 Lori Buratto, 34,
(Not included in age division in official results)
(2F) 3:26:47 Susan Pevovar, 23, 1st
(3F) 3:37:50 Jennifer Yogi, 29, Seattle, MM, 1st
3:16:29 Tony Phillippi, 43, Tacoma, MM
3:28:04 Robert Hester, 31, MM, 3rd
3:28:29 Kevin Carroll, 50, Spokane, 3rd
3:37:51 Chris Warren, 37, Renton, MM
3:39:40 Gunhild Swanson, 60, Spokane Valley, MM, 1st
3:42:20 Larry Carroll, 64, Spokane, 1st
3:42:30 Chris Marr, 50, Spokane, MM
3:46:21 Steve Yee, 45, Renton, MM, 3rd
3:52:13 Guy Yogi, 50, Seattle, MM
3:55:26 Steve Barrick, 42, Kent, MM
4:03:11 Bill Voiland, 56, Spokane
4:12:23 Heather Dutton, 18, Camano Island/Pullman, 2nd
4:20:11 Dave Dutton, 48, Camano Island
4:24:11 Steve Moe, 60, Seattle, 2nd
4:28:07 Dennis Spurlock, 42, Spokane, MM
4:45:24 Jack Swanson, 70, Spokane Valley, MM, 1st
4:46:00 Bob Dolphin, 75, Renton, MM, 2nd
4:49:40 Sue Fauerbach, 57, Renton, MM, 1st
5:02:11 Jonathan Eggleston, 33, Yakima
5:35:57 Janice (Kay) Moyer, 39, Wellpinit, 2nd
5:36:09 Ralph Riddick, 72, Spokane, 3rd