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Seattle runner with local ties wins trip to Everest Marathon

ENDURANCE SPORTS — Former Spokane runner Delaney Nye of Seattle had his name drawn yesterday for a grand prize featuring a trip to a world of hurt — to Nepal for the 2014 Everest Marathon.

Nye learned today that he is the winner of the Ultimate Trail Race Contest, sponsored by Trail Runner, Mammut and One World Trekking.  The huge prize package includes: 

  • Roundtrip airfare to Kathmandu in May,
  • 19 nights in Nepal including hotels and full-service tented camping in the Himalayas,
  • Entry into the 2014 Everest Marathon,
  • Trekking opportunities,
  • A Mammut trail-running gear prize package and more.

Nye entered at the last minute after reading about the contest in a Trail Runner magazine he bought at Auntie's Bookstore last week. He was visiting Spokane to take care of his young niece while his sister, Adrian Rogers, was preparing for the birth of her second child. 

On Dec. 7, he finished 10th in the Death Valley Trail Marathon in 3:48:50.

Now he'll have to think a lot higher.

The Everest Marathon on May 29, 2014, is billed as the world's highest ultra extreme marathon. The race, which will start at elevation 17,600 feet at the base of the Khumbu Icefall, celebrates the anniversary of the first successful ascent of Mount Everest, completed by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay in 1953.

Pasco mom chases suspected burglar

PASCO, Wash. (AP) — A suspected teen burglar in Pasco took on the wrong opponent in a foot chase.

Kim Robison didn't stop to think when her sister pointed at an intruder wearing a black, hooded jacket jumping from the second floor of her home and fleeing down the sidewalk Monday. Instead, the 29-year-old mother of two just ran after him.

Robison has run a couple of half-marathons, she said, “but I'd always lost my momentum in the winter.”

Not this year. She set a goal this winter of running 1,000 miles, which means she has to run about 19 miles each week.

“If he hadn't had a little jump on me, I think I would've caught up with him,” she said.

Robison ran four miles Monday morning, then went to lunch with her sister and their young children, only to return home for a coupon.

Robison went through the garage to get into the house, but froze when she discovered shards of glass on the laundry room floor. She backed out of the garage, hollering at her sister to corral the kids in the car.

“I asked her, 'Should I go inside?'” Robison said. “She told me, 'No, call your husband.'”

But Robison couldn't resist taking a peek through a window on the other corner of the house first.

As she came back around toward the garage, her sister yelled, “There he is!”

An intruder had broken out a screen from the second-floor window, jumped off the roof and was now darting down the sidewalk. When Robison first saw him, he was about four houses away.

She took off after the suspect.

“I was running after him like a crazy woman,” she said, laughing. “I was yelling at him, 'I see you! I'm going to get you!'”

Robison ended the chase when the intruder turned away from the neighborhood street onto a secluded path, then stopped to dial 911 as her sister had done minutes earlier. She told the emergency dispatcher the suspect's location, and police made an arrest while she was still on the phone.

Police have not identified the suspect, who is a minor.

As the adrenaline was wearing off Monday afternoon, Robison said she surprised herself during and after the chase.

“I thought I'd be scared or maybe cry,” she said. “But I'm proud that I defended my home.”

Information from: Tri-City Herald, http://www.tri-cityherald.com

Noon: Next Time, Mascara Runs Alone

A strange affliction seems to have overcome many of my 40-ish friends. It began with vague murmurs about cholesterol and too-snug jeans. Soon, discussion became peppered with talk of morning walks and gym memberships. And suddenly, marathons were being mentioned as casually as lunch plans. Seemingly overnight, these folks took to wearing expensive Saucony or Asics running shoes and talking about doing the “Peak Performance in Portland” or the “Bellingham Bay.” When they talk about “Leavenworth Oktoberfest,” they aren’t talking about beer-drinking. Much. When a friend recently posted on her Facebook page, “Just ran 3.5 miles,” I asked, “Who was chasing you?/Cindy Hval, SR Washington Voices. More here. (SR file photo for illustrative purposes by Christopher Anderson)

Question: Do You enjoy running?

Bring on Boston!

Their hearts beat rapidly.  Their fingers rest on the “start/stop” button on their watches.  Their minds are whizzing all over the place.  Their double-knotted running shoes toe the line.  Bang!  The gun is shot, and their legs power through the beginning strides.  Their shorts swish.  Their feet pound the ground.  A sea of committed runners set into motion a tsunami of history.

They are the heroes of the running world.  They are the runners who have beat the odds in order the chase their dreams.They are the selected runners whose achievements, times, and performances in previous marathons have qualified them for perhaps the biggest moment in their lives: running in the Boston Marathon. 

For Kara Goucher, a track-and-field champ gone marathon pro, there’s a goal much larger than herself associated with winning gold in Boston.  For the former NCAA champ, winning gold at this epic race will mean becoming the first American woman since 1985 to do so.  Although this will be only her second marathon, Kara has the heart of a champion that will take her straight to the top.  In 2007, she placed third in the 10,000 meters at the World Outdoor Championships and also beat world-renowned British runner Paula Radcliffe in a half-marathon.  Just last year, Kara competed in the 5,000 and 10,000 meters at the Olympic Games and qualified for the Boston Marathon by placing third at the New York City with the fastest time ever posted by a debut marathoner.

Stay tuned in for more Boston Marathon news—the long-awaited, anticipated running of the 113th annual Boston Marathon will begin tomorrow!