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Two Runners From St. Helena Star in Wine Country Marathon on October 10 in Healdsburg

Sunday, October 10th, 2010 | Posted by

Juan Sanchez and Gregory Hunter, both of St. Helena, came up with top performances in the Wine Country Marathon on October 10 in Healdsburg.

Sanchez, who is 41, finished second in a time of 2:55.38 while 60-year-old Gregory Hunter was the 42nd of more than 200 runners to complete the 26.2-mile course. Hunter was timed  in 3:57.00.

Another 60-year-old Sonoma County resident also competed. Richard Brutt of Windsor checked in 155th. The oldest male runner in the marathon– 66-year-old Larry Wilson of San Mateo–was the 207th of 223 runners to cross the finish line.  He averaged 13:38 per mile.

The honor of being the oldest runner  to compete goes to  69-year-old Marisa Ellero from St. Clair Shores, Mich. In a remarkable performance, she completed the race in 5:28.51. She averaged 12:33 per mile, finished No. 178 and in front of 45 contestants.

The Wine Country Marathon is a qualifier for next year’s Boston Marathon. Rusty Ameter, 35 from Lincoln, took the gold medal in a time of 2:54.35. That was fast enough to defeat Sanchez by just over a minute. Ameter completed the distance averaging 6:40 per mile.

The race started and ended near Healdsburg City Hall. The course took the runners through Dry Creek and Alexander valleys.

The top female finisher was Kalani Cullison from Davis. The 32-year-old wound up eighth in a time of 3:15.39.

The top 10: Ameter, Sanchez, Tim Parker (48 of Los Gatos) 3:00.21, Pat Purdy (25 of San Francisco) 3:07.46, Agustin Rodriguez (28 of Chico) 3:12.53, Jason Wise (26 of Santa Rosa) 3:13.-1, Pat Widmer (49 of Bend) 3:14.07, Cullison, Dan Diloreto (27 of Reno) 3:17.35 and Andrew McWhorter (43 of Mill Valley) 3:19.47.

  • JoAnn Ellero

    Hello! My mother, Marisa Ellero from St. Clair Shores, Michigan, was actually the oldest runner in the marathon. She is 69 years old, and completed the race in 5 hours, 28 minutes (12:28 race pace). While Mr. Wilson had a great race, he is merely the oldest man in the race, not the oldest overall. Also, my mom bested his time by about a half hour! When reporting on races, note that age group results are given by gender, so you have to check both male and female race results! Thanks, JoAnn Ellero

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