Bend woman wins Eugene half


Bend resident Marci Klimek was the first female finisher Sunday in the Eugene Marathon half marathon race.

Klimek covered the 13.1-mile course in 1 hour, 17 minutes, 35 seconds. She defeated runner-up Bria Wetsch, of Portland, by 48 seconds, and was 30th overall of 3,710 finishers. Klimek, a former All-American runner at Linfield College in McMinnville, was the women's winner of the Portland Marathon this past October.

Additionally, Redmond's Jeanette Groesz won the women's half marathon 60-64 division with a time of 1:47:29, and Bend's Ian Sharman placed second in the men's 30-34 division and 22nd overall in 1:15:19.

Tony White, of Redmond, was the first Central Oregon marathon finisher. He took 46th overall and 17th in the men's 30-34 division in 2:52:39. Susan Barrows, of Bend, turned in the top marathon finish by a Central Oregon woman. She was 11th among women in 3:04:28 and third in the women's 35-39 division.

Craig Leon, of Eugene, placed first overall in the half marathon, in 1:05:35. Michael Wisniewski, of Corvallis, was the overall winner of the marathon in 2:20:42, while San Francisco's Allison Howard was the first female finisher in 2:53:08. For more information from the Eugene Marathon, including results, go to eugenemarathon.com.

— Bulletin staff report