BELLINGHAM, Washington -- With a mild temperatures, overcast skies and a variety of terrain, Patrick Smyth and Maria Dalzot won this weekend’s USATF Half Marathon Trail Championships, Saturday, Oct.18, on a course featuring canopied forests and 1,600 feet of vertical gain at Lake Padden.
Smyth (Salt Lake City, Utah) handily won the men’s crown as the 28-year-old posted the fastest time in the event’s four-year history, crossing in 1:14:55. Smyth finished nearly three minutes ahead of Mario Mendoza (Bend, Oregon), who was second in 1:17:45. Andrew Benford (Flagstaff, Arizona) was third in 1:18:09, and Justin Houck (Mercer Island, Washington) was fourth in 1:18:47.
On the women's side, hometown favorite Maria Dalzot (Bellingham, Washington) ran a smart and strategic race, posting a personal best with her winning time of 1:32:13. Andrija Barker (Caldwell, Idaho) was second in 1:33:33 and Tori Tyler (Danville, California) was third in 1:33:53.
The masters women’s title went to 44-year-old Chris Lundy (Sausalito, California) in 1:34:36, while 40-year-old Ian Fraser (Port Townsend, Washington) finished in 1:27:42 and 20th overall to lead all masters men.
In this, the 5th year of the USA Trail Half Marathon Championships, more than 60 of the 210 finishers competed in the championships division. Complete results are available at this link. http://ultrasignup.com/results_event.aspx?did=27603#
Contributed by Nancy Hobbs, Mountain/Ultra/Trail (MUT) Sport Council