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With 117 entries in three distances this year's race has largest field since 2000

PHOTO COURTESY OF JOHN WAGNER - Brandon Brasher receives a high five as he crosses the finish line in first place at the Eastern Oregon Half Marathon.The 2018 Eastern Oregon Half Marathon may not have been the fastest race in history, but it certainly was successful.

The race up the John Day River from Service Creek to Spray is one of the oldest continuously running half marathons in the country.

Since 2000, entrants in the race have dwindled. However, last year saw something of a resurgence, and this year featured the largest contingents of runners since 2000.

Between the half marathon, 5K and 10K races, 117 runners and walkers hit the pavement for the race, with Prineville's Brendon Brasher coming out on top with a time of 1:23:39.

The 42-year-old's time didn't come close to the course record, but that's not a surprise as the record has stood since 1975.

Brasher broke away from a small front-running pack, gradually pulling away to win by nearly five minutes.

Timothy Vandervlugt, 53, came away with second in 1:28:34. Myk Rose finished third in 1:30:13.

He was followed by Prineville's Tyler and Kelly Lawson, who finished fourth and fifth in 1:34:00 and 1:37:00, respectively.

The run gives Tyler, 18, bragging rights over his father, Kelly, 49, at least until their next race.

The first woman runner across the finish line was Kelly Reynolds, 39, who finished sixth overall with a time of 1:38:20.

Rounding out the top 10 were Ryan Starr, 30, in 1:38:43; James Blanchard, 48, in 1:40:44; Amy Holcomb, 38, in 1:41:27; and Eric Mulligan, 46, in 1:41:51. Fourteen-year-old Colin Hughes was the youngest male in the race, finishing 17th with a time of 1:52:11. The youngest girl in the race was 13-year-old Peyton Engdahl, who placed 46th in 2:37:45.

The oldest runners to finish the half marathon were 70-year-old Stanley Winther and Michael Holstun. Winther finished 29th overall with a time of 2:05:02, while Holstun was 37th in 2:15:24.

All told, 49 runners finished the course, with Franklin Questel finishing 48th with a time of 2:48:08, while Tripp Andre was the last runner to complete the course in 2:56:41.

Eight walkers also completed the half-marathon race, with 33-year-old James Sanford coming out on top of a spirited race with a time of 2:39:29. Kurt Schnabel, also 33, was just behind with a time of 2:39:30.

Also locked in a tight race were Elizabeth and Miranda Hoodenpyl, who finished third and fourth with nearly identical times of 3:02:27.065 and 3:02:27.479.

Even the race for last was close, with Jeanne Berretta taking seventh in 4:00:38, while Mary K. Maley was eighth in 4:00:39.

The oldest person to enter any of the race categories was 73-year-old James Wilson, who walked the course in 3:58:44, to place sixth overall.

The 10K race was won by 26-year-old Kirk Fatland, who finished in 43:32, outkicking 36-year-old Jonathan Santos, who finished second with a time of 43:33.

Alisa Jeffries, 38, finished third overall with a time PHOTO COURTESY OF JOHN WAGNER - Kelly Lawson, center, and James Blanchard, right, both of Prineville, follow another runner up the John Day River during last Saturday's Eastern Oregon Half Marathon. Lawson finished in fifth place with a time of 1:34:00, while Blanchard was eighth in 1:40:44. of 43:36.

Gary Purpura, 68, whose half marathon course record of 1:06:34 has stood for 43 years, raced in the 10K this year, taking ninth overall with a time of 1:00:41.

Just like the race for first in the 10K was close, so was the race for last. Elizabeth Hills finished 17th with a time of 1:42:19, while Tracy Jendritza was 18th in 1:42:20.

The final race contested on Saturday was the 5K race, which saw Maia Vandervlugt, 16, defeat a field of 33 runners to win in a time of 23:06. Andy Nelson, 49, finished second in 23:37, while 12-year-old Kinley Wigle was third in 23:39.

A pair of 6-year-olds were the youngest participants in the race, with Matthew Yunker placing 24th in 44:05, while Luke Miller was 28th with a time of 45:54.

Seven-year-old Maddie Reynolds brought up the rear, completing the race with a time of 48:15.

Running

Eastern Oregon Half Marathon

Saturday, May 26

At Spray

Half marathon—1. Brandon Brasher, 1:23:39. 2. Timothy Vandervlugt, 1:28:34. 3. Myk Rose, 1:30:13. 4. Tler Lawson, 1:34:00. 5. Kelly Lawson, 1:37:00. 6. Kelly Reynolds, 1:38:20. 7. Ryan Starr, 1:38:43. 8. James Blanchard, 1:40.44. 9. Amy Holcomb, 1:41:27. 10. Eric Mulligan, 1:41:51. 11. Clifford Banister, 1:43:55. 12. Hannah Fatland, 1:47:05. 13. Bob Yunker, 1:47:44. 14. Daniel Bachhuber, 1:48:29. 15. Avery Grossardt, 1:50:03. 16. Kevin Walter, 1:50:49. 17. Colin Hughes, 1:52:11. 18. Kristin Wigle, 1:52:13. 19. Alaina Lemmon, 1:55:13. 20. Andrea Holmquist, 1:55:36. 21. Tucker Holstun, 1:58:40. 22. Rosemary Gainse, 1:58:53. 23. Daniel Wilk, 1:59:12. 24. Kaely Maltman, 2:02:53. 25. Kim Shepard, 2:02:54. 26. Sharla Andresen, 2:03:01. 27. Tess Andresen, 2:04:35. 28. Amanda Questel, 2:05:02. 29. Stanley Winther, 2:05:19. 30. Zachary Clark, 2:08:16. 31. Brad Wahrlich, 2:09:23. 33. Mollie Carter, 2:10:16. 34. Dean Griffith, 2:11:31. 35. Lisa Perez, 2:12:57. 36. Darryl Houghtelling, 2:14:55. 37. Michael Holstun, 2:15:24. 38. Bridget Landreth, 2:17:49. 39. Duncan Landreth, 2:17:50. 40. Jennifer Brady, 2:18:50. 41. Bryan Mears, 2:23:14. 42. Terri Sleight, 2:24:33. 43. Jordan Flikkema, 2:27:00. 44. Amalia Sletmoe, 2:32:13. 45. Michael Warren, 2:33:45. 46. Peyton Engdahl, 2:37:45. 47. Jenni Engdahl, 2:41:11. 48. Franklin Questel, 2:48:08. 49. Tripp Andre, 2:56:41.

Half marathon walk—1. James Sanford, 2:39:29. 2. Kurt Schnabel, 2:39:30. 3. Elizabeth Hoodenpyl, 3:02:27. 4. Miranda Hoodenpyl, 3:02:27. 5. Darla Wilson, 3:58:44. 6. James Wilson, 3:58:44. 7. Jeanne Berretta, 4:00:38. 8. Mary K. Maley, 4:00:39.

10K—1. Kirk Fatland, 43:32. 2. Jonathan Santos, 43:33. 3. Alisa Jeffries, 43:36. 4. Mike Barron, 48:16. 5. Jill Banister, 53:06. 6. Drew Livesey, 53:10. 7. Liz Evans, 59:48. 8. Tatsuro Ogisu, 1:00:41. 9. Gary Purpura, 1:01:13. 10. Kelsey Menolascina, 1:01:56. 11. Sally Menolascina, 1:02:52. 12. Michelle Yunker, 1:12:39. 13. Dave Presto, 1:28:42. 14. Kirsten Griffith, 1:41:31. 15. Wendy Domreis, 1:42:16. 16. Sandra Wanek, 1:42:16. 17. Elizabeth Hills, 1:42:19. 18. Tracy Jendritza, 1:42:20..

5K—1. Maia Vandervlugt, 23:06. 2. Andy Nelson, 23:37. 3. Kinley Wigle, 23:39.4. Grace Gaines, 23:47. 5. Nicholas Jeffries, 24:01. 6. Steve Hargett, 25:31. 7. Chase Hargett, 25:39. 8. Megan Gerfen, 25:44. 9. Michael Hensley, 27:36. 10. Todd Andresen, 28:25. 11. Bill Worth, 28:39. 12. Jenica Bishop, 28:54. 13. Jennifer Worth, 30:11. 14. Charity McSperitt, 30:58. 15. Luke Reynolds, 31:07. 16. Kelly Johnson, 31:41. 17. Nathan Halcomb, 32:32. 18. Ima Link, 33:18. 19. Tayler Wigle, 33:18. 20. Deena Merriman, 33:32. 21. Josiah Yunker, 33:40. 22. Corey Brady, 38:50. 23. Erin Hyde, 42:21. 24. Matthew Yunker, 44:06. 25. Kayla Miller, 45:53. 26. Rachelle Grossandt, 45:53. 27. Allison Thomas, 45:53.28. Luke Miller, 45:54. 29. Nolan Wright, 46:29. 30. Abigail Andresen, 48:29. 31. Kate Schimmoller, 48:09. 31. Brennan Holcomb, 48:12. 33. Maddie Reynolds, 48:15.

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