Hebert sets record at POW marathon

Douglas runner breaks mark set by brother-in-law

Posted: Tuesday, June 01, 2004

Kyle Hebert of Douglas broke the course record in the Fifth Annual Prince of Wales International Marathon held Saturday on Prince of Wales Island.

And he kept the mark in the family.

Hebert won Saturday's 26.2-mile marathon in 2 hours, 59 minutes, 30 seconds to break by just eight seconds the record set last year by his brother-in-law, Aaron Prussian of Thorne Bay.

"I wasn't really conscious of it until the last 200 yards," Hebert said. "I looked at my watch and I didn't know what the record was, only that it was just under 3 (hours). So I picked it up a bit."

Hebert finished nearly 14 minutes ahead of runner-up Herv Ibarra of Craig, who posted a time of 3:13:12. Hebert said he was happy for his performance this weekend, because it made up for his slow time of 3:58:58 posted on a very hot day in April at the Boston Marathon.

"That was kind of one reason I did the race," Hebert said about Boston, where he thought his time had been as slow as 4:56. "I feel better about my training. It's hard to go to Boston and be unlucky with the weather.

"This was more in line with what I'd been training for, cooler temperatures and open roads that are not so densely populated. I decided to take advantage of it since I was all trained up."

The Prince of Wales International Marathon's course starts in Hollis and then does a circle route of the island with a visit to Klawock before it finishes in Craig.

"It's a pretty rolling course, with about Mile 6 a pretty steep couple of hills," Hebert said. "After that it's a roller-coaster.

"But the conditions I was running in were great. It was overcast and cool for three-quarters of the time. The last quarter of the race it did start to rain and the wind kicked up near the coast, but I didn't get caught as much as some of the other runners."

Susan Doherty of Ketchikan was the top female runner and third overall with a time of 3:15:42. Doherty's time was faster than the top female time in the past two runnings of the marathon, but results weren't posted on the marathon's Web site from the first two races to confirm whether or not it was a women's course record.

Jack Schwarte of Salem, Ore., took fourth place overall in 3:20:32, while Sitka's Paul Columb rounded out the top-five finishers with a 3:21:28.

Rounding out the top-10 finishers were Bill Elberson of Ward Cove in sixth place (3:23:19), Douglas Riemer of Juneau in seventh (3:30:14), Adam Cooley of Sitka in eighth (3:30:31), Jered Johnson of Seattle, Wash., in ninth (3:33:03) and Tani Stenfjord of Petersburg in 10th place (3:33:09).

Stenfjord was the second female finisher in the race, while Sheila Beardsley of Craig and Jean Jackson of Klawock tied for third among women in 3:57:33 and they were part of a three-way tie for 17th place overall (with Lewis Hiatt of Craig).

There were 40 finishers in the marathon. The only other Juneau runners were Kathi Riemer in 3:58:18 for 20th overall and fifth place among women, and Michael Dombrowski in 4:13:44 for 26th overall. Mary Emerick of Sitka was the only other finisher from the northern half of the Southeast Panhandle, finishing in 4:13:29 for 25th place overall and eighth among women.

Results weren't available for the team portion of the marathon, where runners could run in groups of two, four or eight.

But Hebert said Prussian and his wife, K.K., set a course record for the two-man marathon of about 2:56 (Hebert didn't know the seconds). The team, called K to A, broke the record of 3:05:49 set in 2002 by Hebert and K.K. Prussian when they ran as a team called K to K.



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