October 3, 1999
Race Report by Bob Dolphin
It's always an exciting adventure to run the Portland Marathon.
well-organized--a runner's event with every participant treated
elite runner. I first ran there in 1985, 50 this one was my 15th
consecutive Portland Marathon and I wouldn't have missed it for
world. At first, I improved my times from 3:20 and ran a 3:03 in
It's been slower since then, and this was my first Portland race
four hours. That's better than any of the alternatives (such as
retiring!) On race day I was the oldest competitor in my age
at 69 years, 11 months, and 30 days---which is to say it was a day
before I turned 70 and would move to another group. (Victoria
here I come next week!!
This year's race on October 3, 1999, was won by Matt Messner, 30,
Bothell, WA, in a time of 2:24:33. Close behind was Atsushi
of Japan with 2:26:30 and Jeff Terry, 36, of Birmingham, AL, with
2:29:28. There was an exciting race between the first and second
Kyra Slade, 32, of Pasadena, CA, won by only one second as she
with a time of 2:48:23 in only her second marathon! There may
been a different ending if Jennifer Burningham, 26, of Portland
gone off the course in mid-race. She had been leading before she
astray and then made up a lot of distance before the climactic
of losing by only a step or two.
At the end of the field were the slower runners and marathon
The oldest male participant was John Beeson of Lake Oswego, OR,
87 years of age and had a time of 7:32:35. The oldest female
was Peggy Lutz, 77, of Prineville, OR, with a 7:05:07 finish.
five recorded finishers were listed at an eleven hour time.
Running friends whom I saw at the Expo or on the course included
Jimmy Smith, Mike Lewis, Dennis Devis, Carol Dellinger, Mac
Marty Robbins, Mike Mettler, Rick Jensen, Judy Fischer (56,
3rd), and Roelif Laughlin (77, 7:09:27). Others who came by to
and share in the birthday cake at our table at the awards
Mel Preedy (3:38) and Sonia, Mike Dutton (29, 4:12:11), Russ Akers
(4:09:37) and Joyce, Max Jones (72, 3:34:31), Mike Wakabayashi
Terry Cliett (3:20:01) and Cindy and Travis, Fenny Roberts
racewalker, 6:32:18) and Larry, Marty Wanless, Martin Rudow, Ole
Bergset (Boise, ID, 2:58:18), Mike Mettler, Phil Weiser (43,
and Diana Anderson (62, 5:07:29).
My race went well, but slower than I wished. Three weeks ago at
Skagit Flats Marathon I had problems with my left calf, but these
problems didn't recur, and I ran 23 minutes faster at Portland to
finish in 4:15:47, 11th in the age class competition. It was my
opportunity to compete with some of my younger friends for a few
and to close out another fun decade of road racing.
At the award ceremony four of us at our table were honored for
combined total of 750 marathons/ultramarathons. Max Jones, 72,
Leeds, England, (holder of the UK record for lOOK male runners)
104; Mel Preedy, 66, of Ravensdale, WA, has run 190 and has
placed first in the age class for many of them; Russ Akers, 66, of
Place, WA, has completed 213 marathons, including 21 Portland
and my tally was 243 marathons/ultras since 1981.
Thanks to the Portland Marathon Group and their many volunteers
maintain their reputation as the best-organized marathon---and
to the awards committee for presenting plaques to the first 15
in every age group. Running injured and being the oldest person
the 65-69M division made me really appreciate this. My fifteen
record of placing in my age group isn't broken, and I treasure my
recent Portland Marathon plaque.
Written by Bob Dolphin