Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Pictures from the First Winthrop Road Marathon

I was lucky enough to volunteer at the first Winthrop Road Marathon at the end of September.  What a spectacular event put on by Rainshadow Running.  The race starts at the edge of the Pasayten Wilderness in the Okanogan National Forest and follows the Chewuch River to the town of Winthrop.  The course loses 1800 feet of elevation and only gains 250 feet, making it a potentially fast course, and is a Boston Marathon qualifier.  Finishers were treated to lunch at Carlos Mexican Restaurant in downtown Winthrop, a sheriff badge-shaped finisher's medal, massages by Alison Hanks LMP, ice cream vouchers from Sheri's Sweet Shop, and a beer at the finish line donated by the Old Schoolhouse Brewery.  Top age division winners received handmade mugs from a local artist.
Here are some pictures from the race:
finisher medals
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Some of my fellow volunteers
Kevin works on the pumpkin pies for the pre-race dinner

James and volunteers check in runners for the race the night before

pre-race dinner

lovely volunteers making pre-race dinner

in the kitchen, pre-race meal

James and Kevin prepare water for Aid stations

driving to the race, isn't it pretty?  Coming from Twisp

old Western town of Winthrop

 Winthrop, WA
Race Director James of Rainshadow Running talks with volunteers, morning of the race

 getting the timing right, James and Delores
 Rachael Jamison of Guerilla Running, doing the race timing
 Linda, Sara, Candice volunteering for the marathon
 James and Terry
 First finisher, James DeSalvo 2:39:11
 First female finisher, Jennifer Yogi, 3:10:34.39
 James congratulates Jennifer
 Alison Hanks, LMP gives post race massages
 Announcing the finishers

 Rosie of DSR (Go Whidbey Island!) finishing
 James and Rosie
DSR runners, from Whidbey Island, all ran the race except me.  Brandon, Kelly, and Rosie.

 Sara and Pablo enjoy Old Schoolhouse Brewery beer post race

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