October 17, 1999
Race Report by Bob Dolphin
The Bloomsday Road Runners Club did a great job of organizing the
Fourth Annual Spokane Festival of Races on Sunday, October 17,
This included the marathon, half marathon, and a 5 mile race.
started and finished at Riverside Park in downtown Spokane. With
beautiful scenery of the Spokane River in a deep, wooded valley
much of the race, the Spokane Marathon is a delightful experience
In the fourth running of this event over 300 runners participated
the half marathon and 121 started the marathon. There is room
more to get acquainted with this challenging marathon course.
Jerry Martin crossed the finish line in his wheelchair in
the first runner was Bryan Schultz, 38, of Spokane in a time of
(6:40). The first woman to finish and win the women 5 race was
Diezler, 37, of Valleyford, WA. Her time was 3:36:56 (8:17).
Our friend Mark Hartinger, 42, of Shoreline, WA, was fourth
second 40-44M with a time of 3:06:50. He has run here before and
the course. Mark was recovering from running the grueling, hot
Crest 100 Miles successfully two weeks previously and still ran
in this race, his 99th marathon/ultramarathon. Mark is a Marathon
Achiever (MA). Another MA, Steve Frederickson, 53, of Kent ran a
3:36:49 for 2nd 50-54M. He, too, was at the Angeles Crest in the
California mountains. Coincidentally, he was running his 99th
ultra at Spokane closing in on his 100th milestone, also.
Steve Pierce, MA, 37, of Coeur d' Alene, ID, ran a 3:35:51. He
25-30 marathons/ultras every year. This is more than anyone else
the Northwest---a remarkable achievement.
My running buddy, Mel Preedy, MA, 66, of Ravensdale, WA, has
192 marathons/ultras. He was first for the 65-69M runners with a
of 3:48:20. John Parrott, 67, of Spokane, came in second with a
of 4:10:30. Longtime friend, Russ Akers, MA, 66, of College
was third in the division with a 4:23:03. Dave Vent, MA, 63, of
ran a 5:13:37 and was first in the 60-64M division. Dave belongs
the 50 States and DC Club and has run marathons in all the states,
Washington, D.C., and all the Canadian provinces. His total
148 (or more) marathons/ultras.
As in so many of my marathons, I had a good first half (2 hours)
struggling second half to finish in 4:17:48 for an age class
believe that I am the first 70 year old to run this marathon.
race was my 200th 26.2 marathon. I have also completed 45 ultras
usually add the two figures for my megamarathoning count.
It was nice seeing marathoners Gunhild and Jack Swanson
at the marathon. Both are injured and have had to put
hold. In spite of her foot injury, Gunhild ran the 5 mile race
placed first in the 55-59F division with a time of 36:40. Seeing
at the finish line was a welcome sight as I wrapped up my run.
At the end of my Victoria Marathon article I had a "JEERS, CHEERS"
section. Lenore was a volunteer at the finish line in Spokane and
provided comments for these categories.
JEERS: to the many turkeys of the half marathon who crossed the
finish line and came through the finishers' chute
and to the only turkey who crossed the finish line for
the marathon, came through the chute, and then expected
a finisher's medal for cheating!! Turkeys need to realize that they're really thieves who are taking what
the legitimate runners are paying for--aid on the course,
police protection, ambulance availability etc.
CHEERS: to the local high school cross country track teams who
were willing volunteers at the aid stations and to the
ones from Rogers High School who worked at the finish
line with Lenore. She has nothing but positive comments
about this great group of young people.
CHEERS: to the Bloomsday Road Runners Club for donating around
$4,000.00 in 1998 for support of the high school cross
country track teams, for providing perfect weather for
the race, and for making this a "gem of a marathon."
Written by Bob Dolphin