November 28, 1999
Race Report by Bob Dolphin
The Seattle Marathon weekend turned out to be a busy and exciting
for Lenore and me. It started on Friday with nine hours of
as supervisors for number pickup at registration1 continued with
Salem, Oregon, runners as our Saturday night house guests, and
with Sunday's running of the marathon for me and over seven hours
volunteering at the finish line for Lenore.
Soon after we arrived at the Seattle Westin on Friday, Denny
presented us with look-alike black, fleece vests with "Dolphin
Team't and a silver dolphin on the front and his logo,
on the back. What a pleasant surprise! We'll wear these vests
Then it was time for a fun day of meeting runners, answering
and helping where we were needed. I was stumped by inquiries
weather for race day. I would reply that it is raining now, and
rained big time for the last two marathons. A rainy Seattle
is the norm, and one should be pleasantly surprised if it doesn't
during the race.
When I arose on race day, opened the door, and peered into the
morning darkness, I looked up and saw stars gleaming betweeen the
clouds. The streets were dry, and the air temperature was in the
forties. Hey, we were going to run in nearly ideal conditions!
At 8:15 a.m. on November 28, 1999, a quiet Sunday morning, the
started the marathon at the Seattle Center near the Space Needle.
the end of the race it became sunny, and the air temperature
600 F. It was good running all of the way.
Kudos to the race director, board of directors, and volunteers for
putting on a classy event. This was the second year with a new
that is more cosmopolitan and scenic than earlier courses. It has
changes and improvements over last year. Most of the concrete
were eliminated along with a long, steep hill in the last mile.
at the end of the race when the Space Needle comes into view, the
runs to it and the finish area by a direct route---rather than the
circuitous route of last year.
And kudos to the SRI Chinmoy group who manned an aid station and
personally cheered my through their area. They sponsor good
the Seattle area throughout the year, so it was great that they
their time to this race, too.
The winner of the 1999 Seattle Marathon was Uli Steidl, 27, of
Germany, a graduate chemistry student at the University of
At first, he was going to be a "rabbit" for a friend but then
to enter the race as a real competitor. He won in a time of
He was followed by Paul Kodania (2:33:20) and Trond Ingvaldsen
The first woman to finish was Rebecca Gallaher, 25, of Silverdale
who won the women's race with a time of 2:54:22. The next two
were Natalie Butler (3:10:00) and Christina Carrigan (3:11:22).
Fellow Marathon Achievers on hand were: Chris Ralph, Judy Fisher,
Rebecca Wallick, Lynn Yarnall, Cheri Gillis, Glenn Tachiyama, Eb
mann, Bruce Katter (1st, 65-69M), Mel Preedy (2nd 65-69M), Ron
Steve Frederickson, Steve Pierce (running his 199th marathon),
Bohlman, and Russ Akers.
Some of the Marathon Achievers had run the Seward Park 50K Race
Seattle the day before. Cheri, Chris, Rebecca, Lynn, Ron and
Pierce ran these back-to-back races---a remarkable endurance
Dave Olsho and his wife Lynne Werner were two more runners who
these two events.
Other running friends and acquaintances participated in Sunday's
too. Among those who completed the Half Marathon were Larry
Salem houseguest, who ran a personal best, Courtney Jones from
and Gunhild Swanson, a great marathoner from Spokane who is
from an injury. Those who completed the marathon were: Herb
Diana Anderson, Todd Byers, Terry Cliett, Ron Fowler, Ed Galiger,
Giesbrecht, Ed Hansen, Davey Jones, Richard Ketchum, Jim Kunz,
Pribnow, Fenny Roberts (our other Salem houseguest), Carole
Phil Weiser, Diane Wilcox, Ken Bonner, and Ole Bergset.
Rick Worley, 52, from Kingwood, Texas, was here to run his 188th
marathon in 152 consecutive weekends. He'll complete his
marathons" at #200 on January 16, 2000, at the Houston Marathon.
and I will travel to Houston to participate in this big event.
Lenore was excited to be able to put a finisher's medal on a 43
old Spokane runner who looked great as she completed her first
ever---the Seattle Marathon!! Lori (Lehmbecker) Kory grew up in
as Lenore 5 next-door neighbor!
I enjoyed my run across and alongside Lake Washington, making a
around Seward Park, and then heading back to the Seattle Center.
up in the field in the latter miles but dropped off of a 9:00
15 miles. With the Seattle skyline in view and only two miles to
leg cramps became a problem, and I lost a few minutes. I
4:00:35 (9:11) in 830th position of about 2,000 finishers and 1st
runner in the 70+M category.
My finishing time was my best in
1999 by a minute. When I crossed the line, my favorite finish
volunteer, Lenore, placed a finisher's medal around my neck. She
at all three races and stayed until the finishing chute was
Our weekend was a great success!! This marathon had been my 16th
consecutive Seattle Marathon---the one that was the most
At future races look for the "Dolphin Marathon Team" in their
Written by Bob Dolphin