Nicole DeWitt of Vernonia finished the marathon in 3:27:34.
The Vernonia Marathon and Half Marathon took place on Sunday, April 12. The Marathon runners started at Cedar Ridge and traveled along the Banks-Vernonia State Trail. Half Marathon runners started at Stub Stewart State Park. All runners finished at the Banks High School.
Nicole DeWitt of Vernonia finished the Marathon in 3:27:34, the 24th finisher overall and 4th among women and qualified for the Boston Marathon. Jennifer Draeger also completed the marathon in a time of 3:58:34 good for 67th place out of 147 runners.
Top Vernonia finishers in the Half Marathon included Derek Handegard who finished 19th with a time of 1:30:02; Tim Becken, 22nd, 1:30:37; Nicole Miller, 185th, 2:02:37; Andrea Grant, 186th, 2:03:03 and Rebecca Scotto, 233rd, 2:10:07. 453 total runners completed the Half Marathon.
On April 13, 2013 over 400 runners all over the U.S. descended on Vernonia for the Vernonia Marathon and Half Marathon, organized by the Oregon Road Runners Club. The race began at Cedar Ridge Conference Center and proceeded down the Banks- Vernonia Linear Trail.
The big this year was Vernonia High School senior Nathan Fleck who was running his first marathon; against 103 other finishers Fleck placed 4th overall with a time of 3:05:26 and took 1st place in the Men’s Under 20 age group. Jennifer Draeger of Vernonia finished 40th overall with a time of 4:00:30 and finished 2nd in the Woman’s 30-34 age group.
In the Half Marathon, competing against 333 runners, Derek Handegard of Vernonia finished 8th overall with a time of 1:34:30 and took 1st in the Men’s 40-44 age group. Other notable Vernonia finishers were Sam Potter with a time of 1:46:01, Don Shulte with a time of 1:57:28, and Kellie Murray with a time of 2:00:31. Other Vernonia finishers were Rebecca Scotto, Maria Lemay, Kellie Shulte and Jeana Gump.