Community sports in brief

Published Dec 4, 2012 at 04:00AM

Running

• Central Oregonian excels in marathon: Bend’s Marci (Klimek) Gage placed fifth among women and 42nd overall on Sunday in the California International Marathon.

In wet and windy conditions, Gage, 25, covered the 26.2-mile course from Folsom to Sacramento in 2 hours, 39 minutes, 20 seconds. Alisha Williams, of Colorado Springs, Colo., finished first in 2:34:58, defeating runner-up Clara Peterson, of San Anselmo, Calif., by 38 seconds. Daniel Tapia, of Castroville, Calif., was the first male finisher in 2:16:30.

For Gage, the time was a marathon personal best by more than seven minutes. A little over a year ago, the Linfield College graduate ran a time of 2:46:28 in her marathon debut, the 2011 Portland Marathon, where she won the women’s division.

• Bend runner second in ultramarathon: Stephanie Howe, of Bend, took second place among women in the North Face Endurance Challenge Championships on Saturday near San Francisco. Howe finished the 50-mile trail race — staged in rainy conditions — in 6 hours, 41 minutes, 36 seconds, just over two minutes behind Swedish runner Emelie Forsberg, who won in 6:39:18. France’s Maud Gobert (6:46:13) took third place. Spain’s Miguel Heras was the men’s winner in 5:33:16.

Snow sports

• Local organization receives grant: The Bend Endurance Academy has been awarded a $150 grant from KIDS in the GAME.

The grant will be used to help support the academy’s nordic youth and nordic development teams, for skiers ages 7 to 11 and 11 to 18, respectively. The teams introduce youths to cross-country skiing, and the grant will be used to support six participants with financial need.

For more information about the academy, go to bendenduranceacademy.org or contact Ben Husaby at 541-678-3865. For more about KIDS in the GAME, go to kidsinthegame.org.

—Bulletin staff reports