Tri-Cities Marathon : Ron Hayden's interview

13 Apr 2008 23:57
Jean-Loup Fenaux
Focus on a race

Here is a brief interview I made with Ron Hayden. Ron has been the director of the Tri-Cities Marathon for the past ten years. Being a runner himself, he has always tried to make the marathon a race ‘for the runners’, giving individuals all the attention they need.
The Tri-Cities Marathon may be a smaller marathon, it definitely is a friendly place to run.

Richland River view
Photo by nicora

Hello Ron, on October 26th, you’ll be organizing the Tri-Cities Marathon. Can you tell us where it is located?
The Tri-Cities Marathon starts in Richland Washington and runs through Pasco and Kennewick also.

How old is the marathon? Why was it created in the first place?
This is the 28th annual race. It was created in 1980 because South-Eastern Washington did not have a marathon.

What kind of route have you set up for the runners? How would you describe it?
The course runs through all three of the Tri-Cities and is run entirely along the Mighty Columbia River. The course crosses the river four times across three bridges. The course is flat except for the rises and drops associated with crossing the bridges.

How many runners do you expect on Sunday morning? What type of runners do you plan to attract?
150+ runners. Most of our runners come from Washington State. We get some from Oregon, Idaho, and BC also.

Do you organize other races during the Week-End? If so, on what distances?
In addition to the full marathon we have a marathon team relay. Up to four individuals can make up a team. We split the course into four segments and the runners exchange at the pre-established transition points which are about each 6.55 mile points.

At that time of the year, what kind of weather can we expect?
Weather is usually 445-55 degrees with light variable winds. WE have it at this time of year because the weather is usually perfect running weather.

Have you planned festivities around the marathon?
We have an award ceremony after the marathon usually held at the finish line area.

The marathon finished, what advice would you give a runner who has never been to Richland before? A good restaurant, a fancy sightseeing?
Shilo inn is our sponsor hotel. We start and finish in their parking lot – so stay there. They usually have a pasta dinner for the runners the night before.

In a single sentence, what would you tell the readers of 42k195 to make them register for the Tri-Cities Marathon?
With our marathon having relatively small numbers it allows me to cater to individual runners needs and questions. The entire course is very spectator friendly so family members can get to many points of the race during your run to cheer you on. Our volunteers make it happen!!!

Thank you Ron.

If you need more information :

Tri-Cities Rivers & Wine Marathon and Relay