As my wife Lenore made presentations to 100 Marathon Club North America members at our recent Yakima River Canyon Marathon (YRCM) on April 3, 2004, it occurred to me that I should mention these activities in our next newsletter.  We’re happy to report that 27 club members with a combined total of 5,513 marathons/ultras ran our fourth annual YRCM.


The primary recognition went to Ray Scharenbrock of south Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Ray had been greeted with a congratulations banner as he crossed the finish line to complete his 500th marathon!  At the awards ceremony/meal he was presented with a framed photograph of the Yakima River Canyon in recognition of this feat, and he was given his 500 pin.  Ray is the first runner to have completed eight marathon cycles of the 50 States and DC and is well on his way to be a nine-time finisher.  He has run marathons in many countries and on all seven continents.


Jose Nebrida of Chicago, Illinois, was on hand for his fourth YRCM and was the keynote speaker at the pre-race pasta feed.  Wearing patriotic running attire, he continued his quest to complete a second 50 States and DC cycle….this time carrying the American flag in response to the 9/11 attack.


Peter Butler, a megamarathoner from St. Paul, Minnesota, also completed his fourth YRCM.  Local 100 Marathon Club members who have run all four are Steve Barrick, Jim Boyd, Bob Dolphin, Ron Fowler, David Jones, Jim Kunz, and Mel Preedy of the Puget Sound area of Washington….and Jim Scheer from Vancouver, WA.


With three YRCM races to their credit are Dan Archambeau and Lois Brown of Sebring, Florida, Jack Swanson and Carol Dellinger of Spokane, WA, and Greg Judge of Renton, WA.  Coming the farthest distance to run his third one was Peter Graham, secretary of the 100 Marathon club United Kingdom.  He brought fellow club members Alan Morton of Twyn, Wales, and Raymond Hoyle of Watford, UK, with him.


Repeat members who had run the YRCM once before were:  Todd Byers, Long Beach California; Eb Engleman, Salem, Oregon; Evan Fagan, Victoria, BC; Virginia Farneman, Powell, Ohio; Janet Green. Courtenay, BC; Phil Little, Apopka, Florida; Henry Rueden, DePere, Wisconsin; and Ray Scharenbrock.


Running their first YRCM were Alan Morton, Mike Brooks and Brenton Floyd.  Alan is a long-time member of the original 100 Marathon Club United Kingdom.  He writes that he had a good time at Yakima and hopes to return.


Mike Brooks of Danville, Maine, will be running the Kiehl’s Badwater Ultramarathon on July 12, 2004.  He has a fine, illustrated website describing his running history and his plans for the Death Valley adventure.  He’ll be crewed by 50 Staters, Mike Smith, Andy Velazco, and Walt Prescott….plus a few other runners.  He encourages 100 Marathon Club members to log onto www.runningonthesun.org to learn about his plans and his favorite charity.


Brenton Floyd of Harrison, Tennessee, demonstrates that megamarathoning can be a young person’s sport, too.  He just celebrated his 19th birthday on April 7th.  As of April 10, 2004, he had run 210 marathons and ultramarathons. Brenton ran his first marathon when he was ten years old, accompanying his grandmother Betty Mae Burrell, a megamarathoning walker.  In 2003 he ran 52 marathons/ultras in 31 states.  This total includes nine 50 K’s and 17 weekend doubles!!  He is a 50 Stater who became the youngest state finisher at the age of 16.  He completed his 100th marathon the same year and his 200th last December.


After  running our YRCM he ran the Mt. Si 50K in the Seattle area the next day.  Then six days later he ran the Easter Marathon south of Olympia, WA….for three events in eight days.  We hope that he returns and brings his grandmother Betty Mae with him.


Betty Mae Burrell has walked many marathons in her career, but this has been interrupted by knee surgery in May 2002 and knee replacement in December 2002.  She can finish half marathons now, but it will be some time before she’ll be able to handle the marathon distance.  She spends a lot of time driving Brenton to his marathons.  What a team!


Congratulations to Carol Dellinger.  At age 41 she ran her 174th marathon at our race.   She is sponsored by GU products, Wigwam socks and Saucony as she runs 14 marathons per year.  She works at running expos and is a motivational speaker, a good spokesperson for our sport.


Del Scharffenberg of Portland, Oregon, e-mailed to let us know what he accomplished with his multi-sport interests in 2003.  He had 700 running miles and 9,000+ biking miles.  These were part of the two 50K runs, a 1,200K Paris-Brest-Paris bike ride and the National Cycle Cross Championships at Portland, OR.  In recent years he has won several Cross-Oregon bike races.  Congratulations, Del, on these successes.


Congratulations, also, to Tom Detore of Unadilla, Nebraska, for reaching a personal goal of running a Boston Marathon qualifying time.  After 18 years of trying Tom at age 56 achieved his goal at the Blue Angel Marathon at Pensacola, Florida, on February 28, 2004.  He finished in 3:40 to qualify and was only two minutes over his PR time.  Dieting and increasing his weekly running mileage to 65-75 miles really paid off.  To celebrate, Tom drove to New Orleans, Louisiana, to run the Mardi Gras Marathon for his weekend double.


Gina Moore of Dallas, Texas, ran in an interesting inaugural marathon.  The event that she enjoyed was the MORE Marathon (sponsored by More magazine) held in Central Park in New York City.  This was the first-ever women-only marathon in the world.  Since the magazine targets “mature” women, the entrants were restricted to women over the age of 40.  The course was a five-mile loop through the park that finished at the Tavern by the Green Tavern, like the original New York Marathon.


Also participating in the MORE Marathon was one of our newest members, 81 year old Helen Klein, of Rancho Cordova, California.  We had the pleasure of hearing her speak and meeting her in person at the Napa Valley Marathon on March 7, 2004.  Her time at Napa was 4:45:42, and two weeks later in New York she ran a 4:49:25 in 25 mile per hour winds!  Then she was scheduled to run the American River 50 on April 3, 2004.


Helen and her husband Norman were early directors of the Napa Valley Marathon and also directors of the Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run for many years.


Her accomplishments are amazing:  First marathon – 2/17/80 with a total to date of 66;  First ultra – 4/25/81 with a total to date of 138.  She has race on 6 continents, completed an Ironman triathlon, run 105+ miles in a 24 hour track race, 280 miles in a 5 day run, 1989 Grand Slam, Angeles Crest, 340, 354.9 and 373 miles in 6 day races, ECO-Challenge Utah finisher, PR of 4:07:22, 4:31:32 CA International Marathon on 12/8/02…..and this is only a small portion of her resume!


We’re honored to have this remarkable athlete and her husband as new members.  Helen wrote that she and Norman are extremely busy as they coach a middle school track and field team four days a week, and she has several races scheduled.  “We’re on the go until bedtime every day.  I can’t complain, it keeps me healthy.”


Andrew Kotulski is running well after recovering from a near-fatal illness while in Moscow, Russia, at the time of the September 11, 2001, attack by terrorists.  After the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon 2003 he had completed 511 marathons in 35 countries.  He ranks Boston, New York and Athens (Greece) as his favorite marathons.  Keep it up, Andy!


2003 was an interesting year for Don Lang of Glendale, California.  Congratulations to him for running his 350th marathon at Seattle in November.  It was his fourth visit to his home state of Washington, and I had the pleasure of seeing him at three of the races (San Juan Island, Port Angeles and Seattle).  He also ran three marathons in Hawaii (Kauai, Hilo and Honolulu).  In 2003 Don ran 23 marathons and four ultras for a 27 event total.  At the end of the year his count was at 352, including 35 ultramarathons.


Hal Copeland, 84, of Richland, Washington, is still running and racing in the Tri-Cities area, but he didn’t add any marathons to his 106 total in 2003.  However, he is training for a marathon by running 6-7 miles a day for six times per week.  That’s more than many of us do.  In winter when the snow gets deep, he substitutes cross-country skiing to keep his mileage up.


Tom Adair of Alpharetta, Georgia, had a good year in 2003.  He ran 16 marathons including four ultras.  This brought his career total to 147 (125 marathons and 22 ultras).


Wally Herman of Ottawa, Ontario, sent us his impressive list of the marathons/ultras he has run in 97 countries around the world.  That’s more than any other known runner.  His first marathon was in Canada over 28 years ago on October 11, 1975.  His latest new country in his total of 630+ marathons/ultras was Liechtenstein on June 14, 2003.


Big Dave Carter of Bedford Beds, United Kingdom, runs his marathons wearing a jester’s costume.  A picture of him in his distinctive garb appears on page 44 of the Marine Corps Marathon program for the October 26, 2003, race.


Since our last newsletter, we have welcomed the following new members:  Lois Brown, Sebring, Florida; Lawrence Macon, San Antonio, Texas; Steve Barrick, Kent, Washington; Jack Brooks, St. Albans, United Kingdom; Greg Walchli, Seattle, Washington; John Zeliznikow, Australia; Steve Kruse, Platte City, Missouri; Helen and Norman Klein, Rancho Cordova, California.


We celebrated the third anniversary of the 100 Marathon Club North America on April 3, 2004, with a membership total of 137 (plus 10 wanabes).  We extend an invitation to all of you to come run with Dick Beardsley at our FIFTH Annual Yakima River Canyon Marathon on April 2, 2005.



Bob and Lenore Dolphin

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Renton, WA 98056


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