Cousins take run at half marathon

Can you run the Seattle Marathon in 12 hours?

  • Tuesday, December 9, 2008 4:37am
  • Sports

On short notice

Can you run the Seattle Marathon in 12 hours?

What are your plans in exactly 12 hours? Would you run a marathon with your family members? Would you figure out last-minute details the night before a statewide event? Crazy as it may sound, three local students, two of them aged 14 and one 16, decided to run the Seattle half marathon Nov. 29.

All three were pumped to run 13.1 miles with no training whatsoever. With a time of 2 hours, 12 minutes, Melissa Sanders, Troy Sanders and Julie Sanders made it to the finish line without the exhaustion hitting in until after the race. These three cousins came in 2,000th out of 15,000 people.

To run in the half marathon you have to be 14 years of age; to be able to run the full marathon of 26.2 miles you have to be 18.

“For being our first half marathon, the course we ran on was extremely difficult with all its ups and downs with the hills. It was a challenging course and probably not the best one to be our first,” Melissa Sanders said.

Since the three students were so young, they had certain guidelines they had to follow.

“We had rules,” Melissa said, “just us three who participated in it. Our rules were that we had to stick together throughout all 13.1 miles. We had to get water at every station; we could only take sips of water whenever we got it; we would push each other tremendously if someone fell behind; we would always remind each other to breathe in through the nose and out through the mouth.”

Along the course, there was a tunnel runners had to run through. It wasn’t too long – about a half mile – but it was long enough for runners to get separated from those they were running with.

“We all three made a goal to not stop the entire time we are on the trail, before the tunnel there was a water table so we slowed down to get some water in our bodies and rehydrate ourselves,” Julie Sanders said. “We make our way into the tunnel then all the sudden, before I know it, I’m lost in a world of confusion! I’m looking frantically all around me and I cannot see Troy or Missy anywhere!

“Since I couldn’t stop because our goal we made, I ran back and forth about four times through the tunnel looking for them. A 300-foot stretch and I could not find them anywhere! Finally after about five minutes I just decided to run to the other side of the tunnel, and what do you know? I find them!”

When asked, two days after the marathon, how they were doing, all responded, “My legs have never hurt more!”

Yvonne Sanders is an Enumclaw High School junior who writes for The Hornet, the school’s newspaper. She is the cousin of Melissa, Troy and Julie. She would like to pursue a career in journalism. In her spare time she likes to read, write and swim.

More in Sports

Girls climb in wrestling rankings, two on national list

Check out which female wrestlers from the Enumclaw, White River and Sumner-Bonney Lake school districts are ranking high in their leagues.

Local athletes score well in Special Olympic tournaments

The local three-member team earned a silver medal at the state bowling tournament, competing against teams from all across the state at Kenmore Lanes.

Spartan swimmers qualify for league, district meets

Sumner High coach Maari Bennett was nothing but positive following the Spartans’ Jan. 4 swim and dive meet.

WR girls slip past Fife, lock up another league title

The Hornets basketball team took down Fife 53-49 in the last game of the league season.

Fall will bring change for White River, SPSL 2A

Under the changes, the league will split into three divisions — Mountain, Sound, and another yet to be named. However, football will still be split into the two divisions the league is currently divided into.

Former Hornet Keenan Fagan an NAIA All-American

The former Hornet, who just completed his junior season at Rocky Mountain College, was named an NAIA first-team defensive back when All-America squads were announced by the American Football Coaches Association.

EHS students advance to state robotics competition

The Robo Knights – consisting of Nathan Erickson, Hailey Henken, Chloe Nemish, Billy Staley and Jacob Woodley – will represent EHS Feb. 11 at the ShoWare Center in Kent.

Winter season in full swing at Enumclaw High

The Hornets have participated in a pair of four-team gymnastics meets so far. They will compete again Wednesday hosting Federal Way, Kennedy Catholic and Mount Rainier at PEAK Gymnastics in Enumclaw.

White River wrestlers top foes

The White River High gymnasium was the place to be Dec. 6, as some of the state’s top wrestling teams – and a handful of highly-ranked individuals – gathered for a night of competition.

Panther pair sign with college programs

A pair of Bonney Lake High School seniors formalized their athletic futures during a Nov. 22 signing ceremony at the school.

Spartans: More victories in the works

Last year’s Sumner High girls basketball team didn’t experience the thrill of victory all that often, winning just five of 20 games, but a flock of returning players should help turn the tide.

WR: Girls still loaded with talent, boys replacing key players

The White River Hornet girls team never seem to need an overhaul, just some annual tinkering with quality, familiar parts.