With its variable weather in
December, the Birch Bay Ghost Marathon can be inhospitable at times. Last year it was cold and rainy with a strong
headwind as I struggled through the last miles.
With possible bad weather in mind, Lenore called race director Scott Krell to tell him that she might not accompany me to the
race as a volunteer or spectator. He
encouraged her to come along on
Within the next hour Scott and his assistant, Mike Cartwright, set up a registration table to sign in the six of us who took the early start. Later there were14 marathoners and 3 half marathoners who took the regular start at
It was a bit cool when my five long-time friends and I started. The temperature was in the middle 30s and later reached 42 degrees. Because it was sunny, it seemed warmer. The sky was clear and calm, so this was the best weather that I could recall since I first ran this race in 1993.
It was a good day for a race at
I ran alone most of the time and enjoyed the conversations with Mike Cartwright who stopped periodically with the well-stocked mobile aid station that he operated from his vehicle. Then at the half-way aid station at Birch Bay Scott gave me hot soup and other provisions. In the second half most of the regular starters passed and some visited before going on.
As I ran by
Last year I ran/walked a in bad weather, so I concentrated on trying to run/walk under six hours in good weather. In the last 10K, I competed against the clock and tried to make my failing legs work with short rest walks. When I finally shuffled to the finish line, I found Lenore waiting for me as I completed my 417th marathon in , 19th of 21 marathon finishers.
Scott provided me with a chair by a heater and gave me a hot dog with all of the trimmings. It was great service! Ive participated in some large marathons where the food was gone before I finished, and no amenities were provided. Scott and Mike did a super job of taking care of all of our needs.
It had been a good marathon. Thanks to Scott and Mike for putting it on. Lenore and I hope to return next year for the December 2008 Birch Bay Ghost Marathon.
..Written by Bob Dolphin
Edited, Typed and Distributed by Lenore Dolphin
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3:18:10 Jamie Gifford, Overall Winner
3:30:41 Steven Duncan, Marathon Maniac (MM)
3:33:14 Tony Covarrubias, MM
3:33:50 Joseph Tompkins, MM
3:45:00 Kevin Babbitt, MM
4:01:30 Kurt Lauer, MM
4:09:59 Jess Mullen, First Woman, MM
4:10:20 Ron Fowler
4:14:24 Giles Barbeau, MM
4:25:00 Dave Dutton
4:25:00 Stan Nakashima
4:34:39 Dave England, MM
4:39:05 Kim Lobree
4:45:00 Meg Burtch
4:45:00 Anntionette McCormack
4:47:09 Monte Pascual, MM
4:50:32 Jim Boyd, MM
4;51:00 Susan Sisson
5:45:30 Bob Dolphin, MM
6:01:03 Russell Cheney
6:25:18 Max Welker (Race Walker)