Silicon Valley Marathon
October 31, 1999
Race Report by Bob Dolphin
My wife Lenore and I took in another new marathon in California
made an annual trip there to visit friends and family. On
1999, I had the pleasure of running the 3rd Annual Silicon Valley
Marathon at San Jose. The marathon adventure began the day
our friends (and cheering section) from Sunnyvale, CA, Jim and
Smith, Lenore and I went to the Packet Picket Expo at the San Jose
State University Event Center Arena. There I picked up my running
number, timing shoe chip, race program, and goody bag. The Expo
well organized and had a lot to offer the visiting runners and
Being an alumnus of SJSU (class of 1958), it was great to be back
see how the university and city have changed. The only
that we saw were Richard Benyo, editor of one of my favorite
journals "Marathon and Beyond," and his wife Rhonda. We had met them at
recent Royal Victoria Marathon Expo.
The next day as we awaited the start of the marathon, the Smiths
Dolphins became acquainted with Trevor Lovoi, 15, of Saratoga,
first-time marathoner who was somewhat apprehensive. We gave him
tips and told him to enjoy his once-in-a-lifetime first marathon.
At 7:30 a.m. 1,664 runners left downtown San Jose and ran through
residential area to rural fields and technological industry
The course was flat with four minor overpass hills---mostly
with a few small loops in the turn-around areas. The weather was
pleasant at the start---clear and calm with the temperature in
However, it rose to the low 70's by late morning. This was
when there wasn't tree shade or a breeze. Water and other aid
available every mile, and this helped us to forge ahead to the
line at the same place where we had started.
The race was highly contested. Simon Sawe, 25, from Albuquerque,
ran a 2:20:25 to beat Grzegorz Olszowik, 33, of Clarendon
by only three seconds. Veronica Kanga, 26, of Kenya won the
race in a time of 2:46:05. Carolyn Collman, 32, of Tucson, AZ,
Palo Alto, CA, came in second with a respectable 2:48:47, a time
qualifies her to run in the US Olympic Trials next year.
Washington runners on hand were as follows:
3:00:48 - Lucien Brush, 42, Mercer Island
3:02:02 - Jaquel Davenport, 36, Spokane, 5th Female overall
3:13:56 - Chris Klemczyk, 32, Renton
3:30:13 - Torben Syberg, 30, Seattle
3:45:37 - Teresa Kennedy, 38, Yakima
3:46:13 - Richard Schneider, 59, Port Ludlow
3:50:14 - Gail Fast, 45, Yakima
After the race we talked with 15 year old Trevor Lovoi in the
and refreshment area. He was elated with his finish time of
and was planning his next marathon with the hope of improving his
My run went reasonably well. I walked the aid stations and drank
of water. I started out at an 8:30 pace and slowed to 10 minutes
final miles. I finished in 4:04:55 (9:21), 738 of 1,610
of 1,133 males, and first of four in the 70+M category with a
record for the age division.
In keeping with the Silicon Valley theme the plaques at the awards
ceremony were 8 1/2 x11 simulated printed circuit boards (pcb's) with
small engraved gold plate at the top and a clear plastic holder
5x7 picture in the middle. Those receiving awards had their
taken, and within ten minutes a print was available for mounting
the plaque. A novel idea!! Age class winners also received
that had similar pcb dials.
It was a great marathon, and I am tempted to return to run it
next year instead of going elsewhere within California.
Congratulations to our running friend Khalid Khannouchi, formerly
Morocco and his wife and coach, Sandra, for Khalid's outstanding
performance at the Chicago Marathon on Sunday, October 24, 1999.
won with a world record time of 2:05:42, averaging a 4:48 per
and improving the record time by 23 seconds!!! Moses Tanui of
came in second in 2:06:16., the third fastest time in marathon
Both marathoners had outstanding performances.
Written by Bob Dolphin