2009 Henry Weinhard’s St. Patrick’s Day Dash

Over 7,000 participant braved the snow, rain and cold to take part in the 2009 St. Patrick’s Day Dash in downtown Seattle. This year’s event had a completely new (well not quite, the start was still the same) course. Instead of running on the Viaduct, runners now did an out and back on Aurora (Hwy 99). I have to admit, I really was not excited about the new course. But after running it I didn’t think it was that bad.

Basically, the new course is uphill on the way out. Then you turn around and run down hill back to the finish. The course is still an odd length, so really can’t compare you time to other races. I guess that gives the race a kind of XC feel, in that your time isn’t really important instead its all about the competition. And this race always brings out a lot of good runners so you can count on a lot of competition. I would love to hear what other runners thought of the new course, if you ran this year’s race and want to share your thoughts please leave me a comment.

Here are the results for the top 10 men and women (full results).

       Men’s top 10 

 1. Mark Mandi    19:14
2.   Jesse William   19:53
3.   Joshua Ricardi   19:56
4.   Bruce Jackson   19:59
5.   Tahoma Khalsa   20:00
6.   Steve Dekoker   20:07
7.   Tony Young   20:15
8.   Nick Hird   20:18
9.   Jim Jurcevich   20:30
10.   Mario Farioli   20:41

      Women’s Top 10

1.   Lauren Matthews   22:35
2.   Sally Bergesen   22:58
3.   Rose Wetzel   23:03
4.   Lyudmila Vasilyeva   23:29
5.   Jeanine Stewart   23:31
6.   Diane Lacki   23:34
7.   Amy-Eloise Neale   23:50
8.     Jodie Isomura   23:55
9.   Regina Joyce   24:02
10.   Shelly Hack   24:21
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