East Wenatchee runner takes first Horse Lake 25K

Written on Apr 28th, 2019 by , Category Training

WENATCHEE — Wearing a distinctive plaid shirt and sandals as she traversed the trails in the Wenatchee Foothills, East Wenatchee’s Anja Goetzinger captured the women’s inaugural Horse Lake 25K Trail Run on Saturday.

Goetzinger finished the race, held in sunny yet blustery conditions, in 2 hours, 2 minutes and 46 seconds. Leavenworth’s Marlene Farrell was second in 2:07:23. Goetzinger opened up an early lead on Farrell, a previous three-time winner at Horse Lake, and increased it as the race progressed. Natalie Smith of Seattle was third in 2:17:09.

Anja Goetzinger takes an early lead over Isaiah Ray in the Horse Lake 25K on Saturday in the Wenatchee Foothills. Goetzinger won the women’s race, while Ray captured the men’s race and took home the overall 25K title.

She also came within 37 seconds of claiming the overall 25K title. Isaiah Ray of Eagle Point, Alaska, claimed the men’s 25K in 2:02:10, holding off Seattle’s Connor Smith, who came in at 2:03:21, and Leavenworth’s Walter Thorn, who finished in 2:05:17.

It was the first year that RunWenatchee, organizers of the Horse Lake Trail Runs, had offered the 25K distance. Runners afterwards said they were impressed with the course.

The men’s 7-Mile Race was marked by a closer finish with Wenatchee’s John Scarafiotti taking first in a course-record 50 minutes and 58 seconds. Wenatchee’s Dane Peterson was 30 seconds off the pace, finishing in 51:28, and Auburn’s Kerry Farrell was third in 51:36. The previous course record (51:03) was set by Wenatchee’s Chad McBride in 2017

Jenny Copson of Leavenworth captured the women’s 7-Miler in 59:35, followed by Wenatchee’s Alanna Peterson in 1:01:59 and East Wenatchee’s Marisol Woodward in 1:02:37.

Kent’s Sarah Benson not only won the women’s 5-Mile Race but also the overall 5-Mile Race title, covering the course in a blistering 41:05. East Wenatchee’s Maggie Rivera was second in the women’s race in 44:40. Wenatchee’s Lauren Miller was third in 48:03.

East Wenatchee’s Cory Feil took home the men’s 5-Mile Race crown, winning in 42:54. Wenatchee’s Evan Depue was second in 44:22 and East Wenatchee’s Josh Pieratt was third in 46:32. Feil also won the Horse Lake 5-Miler in 2016.

The seventh-annual Horse Lake Trail Runs were held under sunny skies, with wind gusts of 30 mph-plus. The event, held on the sprawling Horse Lake Reserve owned by the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust, saw 204 people register. The event serves as a fundraiser for the Land Trust, with proceeds being used to build and maintain trails in the Wenatchee Foothills.

For complete results: 25K; 7-Mile; 5-Mile

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