MarathonDeSalvoJames DeSalvo, Winthrop, crosses the Chewuch River Bridge en route to a second place finish at last Sunday’s 26.2-mile Winthrop Marathon. Photo by Mike Maltais



On a day that appeared to be ready-made for runners, nearly 200 took to local roads for the fourth annual 26.2-mile Winthrop Marathon and 13.1-mile Half Marathon last Sunday (June 9).

Both courses are certified by USA Track and Field. They begin north of town and end on Riverside Avenue. Full marathoners numbering 102 strong left the starting line at the Andrews Creek Bridge on West Chewuch Road at 8 a.m., and 84 half-marathoners departed just north of the Eightmile Sno-Park at 10 a.m.

Shortly after 9 a.m., Marcel McArthur of Wenatchee crossed the Chewuch River bridge and ended up the overall marathon winner in a time of 2 hours, 43 minutes, 11.1 seconds.

Winthrop resident James DeSalvo finished second, mere minutes behind McArthur in a time of 2:48:12.7. Winthrop’s Chris Hogness came in 54th in the marathon and his time of 4:15:28.9 placed him seventh among men aged 50-59.

Robert Hoekman of Mazama was 71st overall and first among men over 70 with a time of 4:51:12.8. Casey Barten of Bellingham was the overall winner of the half marathon in 1:19:55.5.

Among the four local runners who completed the half, Laura Larsen of Mazama was fifth overall and first in the 20-29 age group with a time of 1:41:46.9. Mazama’s Bo Thrasher placed ninth overall and first out of 14 runners aged 40-49 with her time of 1:50:56.4.

Bill McAdow of Winthrop finished 27th overall and eighth in the 30-39-age bracket in 1:51:05.7.

Laura Ruud, Winthrop, crossed the half’s finish line in 39th place with a time of 2:34:27.7, good for sixth place among 50-59 year olds.

Complete results for both the Winthrop Marathon and Half Marathon can be viewed online at