A record number of participants raced through the beautiful red rocks for the 9th Annual Sedona Marathon Event. Over 2,500 runners enjoyed this beautiful course; and the results are in.
The Full Marathon Men's Division was dominated by Flagstaff, Arizona runners. Thomas Rivers Puzey, age 29, came in first place with a time of 2:46:20. In second place with a time of 2:48:55 was Gary Krugger, age 28; followed by last year's champion Brian Tinder, age 34, with a final time of 2:55:29.
In the Full Marathon Women's Division, Randi Simon, age 39 from Prescott Valley came in first place with a time of 3:30:20. Jennifer Saarelaninen, age 37 from Salt Lake City, Utah came in second place with a time of 3:38:28. Megan Kiczek, age 29 from Pennsylvania, was hot on Jennifer's heals with a time of 3:38:43.
In the Half Marathon Men's Division, Arizona was well represented. Jonathan Hall, only 17 years old from Flagstaff, Arizona came in first place with a final time of 1:17:45. Nick Goodman from Fountain Hills, Arizona, age 35, finished second place with a time of 1:22:34; followed by John Bogen from Flagstaff, age 56, with a time of 1:26:00.
In the Women's Division, Michelle Grey age 27 from Flagstaff, Arizona came in first place with a time of 1:40:34. The second place finisher, Robin Marquis age 46 from Page, Arizona, came in with a final time of 1:42:07; followed by Cheyne Charlotte age 19 from Sun City, Arizona with a final time 1:42:46.
In the 10K Men's Division, Alvin Begay age 23 from Ganado, Arizona took the gold with a great time of 35:23. Aaron Biah age 21 from Flagstaff, Arizona came in second place with a time of 37:41. Joe Carver, age 32 came in third place with a time of 38:12, also from Flagstaff, Arizona.
In the 10K Woman's Division, first place was taken by 14 year old Allyson Arellano, last year's winner, from Cottonwood, Arizona with superb time of 41:21. Corrin Kalinich, age 17 came in second place with a final time of 44:35 from Flagstaff, Arizona. The third place finisher, Sedona resident Sherry Christoff age 52, finished at 45:12.
In the 5K Men's Division, young gentlemen ruled the roost. First place winner was Peyton Sventek, age 13 from Flagstaff, Arizona, with a time of 18:36. In second place was Sam Barton, age 16 from Bermuda Dunes, California with a final time of 19:24; immediately followed by Wren Cooperrider, age 14 from Flagstaff, Arizona at 19:47.
In the 5K Women's Division Valentina Nyhart, age 15 from Flagstaff, Arizona won with a fabulous time of 20:48. Povi Plank, a 13 year old Sedona resident came in second place with a time of 21:09. Christina Yancer, age 41 from Phoenix, Arizona, put up a very tough fight, however succumbed to third place with a time of 21:30
2,500 participants completed the Sedona Marathon Events: Full Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K.
Trail Runner Magazine ranked Sedona as the "Top 3 Most Beautiful Trail Running Cities in America". Sedona was also featured as January's "Rave Run" in Runner's World Magazine! It's no wonder the Sedona Marathon Event continues to expand, marking Sedona as one of the elite outdoor adventure capitals of America.
The 9th Annual Sedona Marathon Event is produced and directed by the Sedona Chamber of Commerce. Final results are at SedonaMarathon.com.
The 10th Annual Sedona Marathon Event will be held on January 31, 2015.