10/26/10 2:17 pm Age: 5 yrs

Alumni Represent Well in Local Marathon


By: Becky St. Clair

Megan Lacey finishes first in inaugural race

Jon Solis, 2010 graduate, and Megan Lacey, 2007 graduate, placed first in the men's and women's categories, respectively, in the inaugural Walla Walla Marathon earlier this month.

On October 10, 2010, the city of Walla Walla, Wash., held the inaugural event of the Walla Walla Marathon.  College students, seasoned runners, and interested athletes of all ages participated.  The event was comprised of four races: A 10K, a half-marathon (13.1 miles), a full marathon (26.2 miles), and a kids marathon.  Start and finish lines were in Pioneer Park.

Megan Lacey, 2007 graduate of Walla Walla University’s department of English, was one of the many that participated, but she stood out from the crowd when she received first place in the female category with a half marathon finish time of 1:37:46. Her per-mile average was approximately 7:27.

“I’ve been waiting years for a race like this to come to town,” says Lacey excitedly.  “I live in Walla Walla and I love running, so I try to do as many local runs as I can.  This one was amazing, especially for an inaugural race.”

Lacey has done ten full marathons across the northwest, including races in Seattle, Wash., Portland, Ore., Yakima, Wash., and Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.  She also completed her first 50K (31.07 miles) ultramarathon last spring.  She has also competed in approximately ten half marathons, the most recent being in Missoula, Mont., in July.  Her favorite marathon event is the Bloomsday 12K in Spokane, Wash.  Her personal record is 53:54.

“My time in the Walla Walla marathon was my second best time ever,” says Lacey.  “I shaved a little more than two minutes off of my Missoula half-marathon time.”

Lacey was impressed with this inaugural marathon overall.  

“It was well-organized, friendly, flay and fun,” she says.  “It even had chip timing, which is unusual for a race of its size.  I expect this event is going to grow a lot.”

Her personal goals are to break 1:30 in the half marathon and run her first 50-mile ultramarathon in 2011.

“Of course, there’s also that elusive Boston Marathon qualification,” says Lacey with a smile.  “Like almost every runner, I’d love to run that one someday.”

Lacey wasn’t the only WWU representative in the marathon; Jonathan Solis, 2010 history graduate, finished in first place in the male category with a finish time of 1:28:48, or 6:46 per mile.  Ruwan Randeniya, an education graduate student at WWU, was the official marathon photographer.

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