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Inaugural AppleTree Marathon tests runners

Last chance event to qualify for Boston

The Columbian
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Runners endured downpours and wet conditions Sunday morning through Vancouver in the quest for a time worthy of the Boston Marathon.

Or just to check off the bucket list of completing a marathon.

Which ever was the case, 177 of 190 runners made it to the finish line on Officers Row at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site in the inaugural AppleTree Marathon.

Alex Baciu, 24, was the overall winner with a time of 2 hours, 55 minutes, 51 seconds.

He was followed in by Miles Traiser, 27, in 2:59:10, and Casey Kemp, 30, in 3:00:57.

The women’s winner was Ashley Althaus, 31, in 3:12:45. She was eighth overall.

Second among the women competitors was Della Giles, 42, in 3:21:30, good for 10th overall, and third was Katy Stine, 34, in 3:23:07, 11th overall.

This marathon was the last-chance opportunity to qualify for the 2019 Boston Marathon (or first opportunity for 2020).

The AppleTree Marathon also included a variety of other divisions including a half marathon that had 417 finishers.

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Alex Baciu celebrates after winning the inaugural Apple Tree Marathon in Vancouver on Sunday, September 16, 2018.
Inaugural AppleTree Marathon Photo Gallery

David Hopper, 49, won the half marathon in 1:24:23. Erin Skourtes, 37, was the women’s winner in 1:29:31, fourth overall.

The Police Activities League was able to raise more than $30,000 during the event.

Look for more coverage and results in Tuesday’s sports section.

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