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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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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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