Chelan brothers double up to conquer Red Devil

Written on May 23rd, 2016 by , Category Events, News, Trail Running

Troy French, left, and another unidentified trail runner navigate Sand Creek during Sunday's Red Devil Trail Runs (Frank Cone photo)

By Steve Maher

CASHMERE — Talk about brotherly love.

Twin brothers from Chelan made sure Sunday the 2016 Red Devil Challenge Trail Runs race will be one to remember for years to come.

Cyrus Desmarais and Niles Desmarais ran the 25-kilometer race together, virtually step for step, and then joined hands and crossed the

The Desmarais brothers, left, and Barry Hodges pose for a photo after completing Sunday's 25K race.

finish line in a tie for first.

The 24-year-old brothers were each timed in 2 hours, 6 minutes and 36 seconds. Finishing third was Barry Hodges of Cashmere in 2:12.37.

East Wenatchee’s Sarah Barkley blazed to the women’s 25K title in 2:24:57, nearly 10 minutes faster than runner-up Laura Valaas of Wenatchee. Tove Pashkowski, of Fernie, B.C., was third in 2:48:06.

Taking the Red Devil men’s 10K race was Ryan Carrasco of Leavenworth in 44:21, followed by East Wenatchee’s Phil Hochwalt (45:04) and Cashmere’s Mac Fraley (47:25).

Yakima’s Katharine Martin was the women’s 10K champ in 57:35. Cashmere’s Jenny Fraley claimed the runner-up spot in 58:16. Third was Marci Lyon of East Wenatchee in 58:44.

A total of 192 runners registered for the event, which was held under party sunny skies and temperatures in the 50s and low 60s. The trails were muddy in spots — thanks to heavy rain on Friday night — which slowed the times of runners. For complete results, please click here.

Sarah Barkley flies through the creek bottoms on the way to her 25K women's title Sunday at Red Devil. (Frank Cone photo)

“I had such a great time running the Red Devil today,” runner Dan Gemeinhart posted on the RunWenatchee Facebook page. “My first trail run, and it was an absolute blast.”

About half of the participants came from outside the Wenatchee Valley, including trail runners from as far away as California, Idaho, Oregon, Alaska and British Columbia.

“We had no injuries to speak of and runners told me they were pleased with the event’s organization and with our volunteers,” said race director Joel Rhyner of RunWenatchee. “Many said they appreciated the challenge the two courses present. When they finished they could honestly say to themselves that they had ‘conquered the Red Devil.’”

For complete results, please click here.

Red Devil Challenge Trail Runs
Wenatchee National Forest, Cashmere
Sunday, May 22
Men’s 25 Kilometer
1. Cyrus Desmarais, Chelan, 2:06:36
1. Niles Desmarais, Chelan, 2:06:36
3. Barry Hodges, Cashmere, 2:12:37

Women’s 25 Kilometer
1. Sarah Barkley, East Wenatchee, 2:24:57
2. Laura Valaas, Wenatchee, 2:34:09
3. Tove Pashkowski, Fernie, B.C., 2:48:06

Men’s 10 Kilometer
1. Ryan Carrasco, Leavenworth, 44:21
2. Phil Hochwalt, East Wenatchee, 45:04
3. Mac Fraley, Cashmere, 47:25

Women’s 10 Kilometer
1. Katharine Martin, Yakima, 57:35
2. Jenny Fraley, Cashmere, 58:16
3. Marci Lyon, East Wenatchee, 58:44

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