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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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2009 Love ’em or Leave ’em 5K

With just under 2000 finishers, I think the 2009 Love ’em or Leave ’em 5K at Greenlake was the largest running of this event so far. Yet due to the new course (course map) that is primarily on the roads around Greenlake and the great job of the event staff there were no problems handling the larger crowds. Not only does this race have a fun and festive atmosphere, but thanks to the flat, certified course it also draws some very fast runners. If you are looking for a fast and fun early season 5K I would highly recommend the Love ’em or Leave ’em 5k.

Besides the individual age group and overall winners there was also a team competition. There were two runners per team and they were scored based on their combined time. Below are the winners of the team competition (full results).

Women under 79 (combined age)
1.   41:27 Just Friends  (team average 20:44)
      20:22    Veronica Sackett
      21:05    Laura Ruppert
Women masters (combined age over 80)
1.   37:52 Team BS  (team average 18:56)
      18:16    Sally Bergesen 
      19:36    Elizabeth Stahl
Men under 79 (combined age)
1.   32:51 Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Cupids (team average 16:26)
      16:11     Leif Kohler  
      16:40     Chris Tremonte
Men masters (combined age over 80)
1.   32:13 seattle running club (team average 16:07)
      15:29    Greg Crowther 
      16:44    Henry Wigglesworth
The individual winners ran some amazing times that will surely be showing up on the NW Runner Best Times List. Below are the top 5 men and women (full results).
Female overall results
1.  Heather Gallagher   18:00
2.  Sally Bergesen       18:16
3.  Christina Feliz        18:39
4.  Erica Pitman          19:00
5.  Karen Demartini      19:10

Male overall results

1.  Brett Winegar         15:03

2.  Greg Crowther        15:29

3.  Joe Darda              15:33

4.  Bruce Jackson       15:53

5.  Eddie Stickler        15:56

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Big Changes For The 2009 St. Patrick’s Day Dash

The 25th annual St. Patrick’s Day Dash will see some big changes to the course. The race that unofficially kicks off the start of the racing season has become famous for its fast, point to point course that runs along the Alaska Way Viaduct. However, due to extensive construction near Qwest and Safeco Fields as well as past troubles with shuttling people to the start line, the course will now be an out and back that starts and ends near the Seattle Center (course map). The new course will start in about the same place but instead of heading through the Battery Street Tunnel the south along the Viaduct you will now head north along Aurora Avenue and do an out and back.

The new course will be 3.8 miles. Since it is an out and back I’m not sure why they didn’t take the opportunity to make the race an even 4 miles. The new course doesn’t look like it will be near as fast as the old one was. But I figure I will wait till after I have run the race to decide what I think about the change. I did love that old course though.

There is some good news about the 2009 race. If you enter by January 1st you will save $10. So get your entry in now. Let me know what you think of the new course and I’ll see you at the 2009 St. Patrick’s Day Dash.


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Great Day of Racing at the PNTF XC Championships

About 300 meters into the Master's Men's and Women's 6K race.

Masters Men's and Women's 6K

On Sunday, November 2, 2008 the PNTF XC Championships were held at Lower Woodland Park in Seattle. The day consisted of a 4K comunity run, a 6K men’s and women’s masters race, a 6K open women’s race and a 10K open men’s race. The Lower Woodland Park course is a challenging 2K loop. While there are no large hills in the course, it is made up of constant ups and downs as well as some slick spots and a couple tight turns. Because of the constantly changing terrain you are never really able to get into a good rhythm, which makes for a difficult race. That being said, it is still a fun course that has a great, traditional XC feel to it. Especially on this day when the weather was perfect for racing.

Open men's 10K

Open men's 10K

There was a pretty good turn out this year for the meet with 90 runners in the combined masters men’s and women’s race, 21runners in the open women’s race and 47 runners in the open men’s race. However, there were only three clubs that fielded full teams to compete in the club competition. Hopefully, in the future more and more clubs will get involved in XC competition. In the club comptetion Club Northwest was the dominant team. Below are the top 10 finishers in each of the open and master’s races. Click here for full results. And for more race photos please check out the Northwest Running and Racing flickr.com site.

Masters Men 6K
1    Michael Lynes                 Club Northwest               20:08.76
2    Tony Young                    Club Northwest               20:18.75     
3    Michael Smith                  Club Northwest               21:10.76       
4    Kevin McGinnis               Club Northwest               21:17.43       
5    Paul Abdalla                     Club Northwest               21:18.71     
6    Tony Hawkes                   Eastside Runners             21:18.71     
7    Joseph Sheeran                 Eastside Runners             21:20.96     
8    Keefer Whan                     Club Northwest               21:21.42       
9    Carl Winter                       Club Northwest               21:26.60       
10  Bob Brennand                   Club Northwest               21:30.21     
Masters Women 6K
1    Alysun Deckert                 Seattle Running Club         23:03.55      
2    Susan Empey                    Club Northwest               23:34.69       
3    Alyssa Tower                    Club Northwest               23:45.93     
4    Sally Bergsen                     Oiselle                            23:48.30       
5    Laurie Porter                     Club Northwest               23:55.65     
6    Susan Pappalardo              Eastside Runners             24:12.74      
7    Amber Cruzan                   Seattle Running Club        24:28.67      
8   Christina Ashby                  Club Northwest               24:32.75     
9   Regina Joyce                      Club Northwest               24:52.80      
10 Mary Hanna                       Seattle Running Club        24:54.44
Open Women 6K
1  Vanessa Hunter                    Club Northwest               21:52.30                 
2   Laure Mathews-Grossbard  Club Northwest               23:00.10                 
3   Kristi Houk                          Club Northwest               23:10.00                 
4   Lia Slemons                         Club Northwest              23:13.00                 
5   Marlene Farrell                    Seattle Running Club       23:18.00                  
6   Megan Johnson                    Club Northwest              23:37.00                 
7   Trish Steidl                           Seattle Running Club      23:40.00                  
8   Rose Wetzel                         Club Northwest             23:57.00                 
9   Susan Ashlock                      Eastside Runners           24:01.00                 
10 Sayaka Yoshinaga                Unattached                    25:18.00
Open Men 10K
1   Joseph Gray                          Club Northwest             31:50.00                 
2   Mark Mandi                          Club Northwest             31:56.00                 
3   Jon Murray                            Eastside Runners           32:06.00                 
4   Uli Steidl                               Seattle Running Club      32:55.00                 
5   Mike Sayenko                       Club Northwest             33:13.00                 
6   Angelo Baca                          Unattached                    33:26.00                  
7   Jeremy Park                          Club Northwest             33:41.00                 
8   Destry Johnson                      Seattle Running Club      33:42.00                 
9   Scott Halliday                        Club Northwest             33:43.00                 
10 Steve Dekoker                       Brooks ID                    33:54.00 

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PNTF XC Championships – November 2

I just wanted to remind everyone that the PNTF XC Championships will be held at “upper” Lower Woodland Park in Seattle on November 2, 2008. This is always a great meet. The open women and masters men and women all run 6K, while the open men run a 10K. The course is very spectator friendly consisting of a 2K loop. However, it is deceptively difficult (at least I think it is). While there are no giant hills in the course you do seem to always be going up or down a hill. Plus, there typically are a couple of slippery spots, so its not a bad idea to wear spikes for this one. This race tends to consist of a fairly small but fast group of runners. But hopefully with XC Club Nationals being in Spokane this December there will be more people running XC this year so there will be a bigger turnout to the PNTF race. Eventhough this is a tough race with some stiff competition, I always have a great time doing it. Here is the schedule of races for November 2.

9:30     Community 4K
10:00   Masters Men/Women 6K
10:45   Open Women 6K
11:30   Open Men 10K
For more information check out the Club Northwest website, and a PDF of the entry form.

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