Auburn, Wenatchee runners triumph at Leavenworth

Written on Oct 6th, 2013 by , Category News

The Leavenworth Marathon and Half-Marathon course takes runners along the Wenatchee River.


By Steve Maher

LEAVENWORTH — Dominic Smargiassi captured the Leavenworth Oktoberfest Marathon on Saturday, covering the 26.2-mile course in a blistering 2 hours, 39 minutes and 55 seconds to win by nearly 10 minutes.

Marathoners head down Icicle River Road between miles 6 and 7 on Saturday.

Wenatchee’s Selina Danko defended her 2013 championship, taking home the women’s marathon title in 3:11:55.

Smargiassi, a former Washington State University runner from Auburn, took an early lead and never looked back to beat Stephen Mazurkiewicz of Richland (2:49:53) and Steve Geertgens of Seattle (2:49:54) under ideal running conditions — sunny skies, no wind and temperatures ranging from the low 40s to the high 50s. Last year’s men’s winner, John Heikkila, was fifth.

Likewise, Danko was nearly seven minutes faster than second-place women’s finisher, Kyla Roberts, who was clocked in 3:18:43.

In the event’s half-marathon, Dana Walters won the men’s title in 1:19:13 and Paige Pattillo came away with the women’s title in 1:23:16.

According to the official race results, 1,628 runners and walkers finished the two races. The half-marathon — with 1,425 finishers — was the more popular of the two.

For compete race results:

Leavenworth Oktoberfest Marathon
1. Dominic Smargiassi, 2:39:55
2. Stephen Mazurkiewicz, 2:49:53
3. Steve Geertgens, 2:49:54
4. Tim Slesk, 2:58:48
5. John Heikkila, 3:04:31

1. Selina Danko, 3:11:55
2. Kyla Roberts, 3:18:43
3. Megan Palmer, 3:27:22
4. Tracey Stinchfield, 3:27:23
5. Kate Lowe, 3:28:27

Leavenworth Oktoberfest Half-Marathon
1. Dana Walters, 1:19:13
2. Scott Traver, 1:20:16
3. Levi Larson, 1:22:26
4. Jackson Oliver, 1:23:18
5. Conrad Band, 1:23:34

1. Paige Pattillo, 1:23:16
2. Rosemary Allan, 1:28:39
3. Tiffany Albright, 1:33:44
4. Brianna Butler, 1:34:53
5. Amy Hite, 1:36:25

Volunteers dole out liquids at the main aid station at the Leavenworth Fish Hatchery.

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