More than 2,000 runners raced through the beautiful red rocks of Sedona for the seventh annual Sedona Marathon on Feb. 4.
Brian Tinder of Flagstaff took an early lead and finished the marathon in first place with a time of 2:54:04. Hank Risley of Cedar Springs, Mich., took second with a time of 2:58:40, and Gary Krugger, also of Flagstaff, took third with a time of 3:12:03.
In the Women's Division, Lara Schick from Kutztown, Pa., took first with a time of 3:23:42. Current Sedona Marathon Women's Division course record-holder Sherry Christoff of Sedona took second, running 3:29:17. Lindsay Plas of Cottonwood was third with a time of 3:42:21.
In the half-marathon Men's Division, runners from Northern Arizona dominated. Teh overall winner was Trevor Johannsen from Grand Canyon with a time of 1:21:36, closely followed by Chino Valley runner J.P. Jackson, who had a time of 1:24:41. Dominic Tosi of Flagstaff was third in 1:25:20.
In the Women's Division, Randi Simon of Prescott Valley came in a full five minutes in front of her closest competitor with a time of 1:26:51. Simon is a returning runner; she was the overall women's division winner of the inaugural Sedona Marathon in 2006. She was followed Saturday by Kathleen Pryor of Phoenix, who had a time of 1:32:21 and Megan Vermaas of Lincoln, Neb., who time was 1:33:47.
Benjamin Belisle of South Jordan, Utah, won the men's division of the 10K with a time of 39:39. Second place was Lance Williams of Tuba City with a time of 41:02. Andrew Harrington of Flagstaff was third in 43:03.
The 10K Women's Division was taken by Tia Acetta of Tucson with a time of 40:14. Second place was Elyse James of Cornville with a time of 43:01. Twelve-year-old Allyson Arellano of Cottonwood placed third.
The 5K Men's Division's first place winner was Aaron Biah of Flagstaff, with a time of 18:09. Biah was followed by Brandon Snickers of Cornville, whose time was 18:26. Bryant Jenson of Flagstaff took third in 18:28.
In the women's division, Mykala Seresun of Sedona took first with a time of 19:38. Katherine Phillis of Tucson took second with a time of 20:06 and Eve Wilson of Sedona took third with a time of 21:18.
The seventh annual Sedona Marathon was produced by the Sedona Chamber of Commerce.