RICHLAND, Wash. -- Ian Sharman loves running ultra-marathons -- races that last 50 miles or more.
He's got one planned in New York in three weeks, so he wanted to use Sunday's Tri-Cities Marathon as a training run for that upcoming event.
And like he did in 2009, the Bend, Ore., man came out on top, winning the Tri-City event by covering the 26 miles, 385 yards in 2 hours, 35 minutes, and 17.677 seconds.
And even though Spokane Valley's Paul Young stayed within 2 minutes of Sharman, it was never really close.
"About 100 meters after the start I took the lead," said Sharman, who only ran the Tri-Cities Marathon one other time -- in 2009 -- and won it, too. "I knew how fast this course was. Usually there isn't anyone going this fast at the start."
At about the halfway point of the race -- roughly in Kennewick's Columbia Park -- Sharman knew he'd won the race.
"It was perfect conditions out there," said Sharman. "We got a little window of weather where it wasn't windy or rainy."
Young finished second at 2:43:28, while Trae Richardson of Eugene took third at 2:49:20.
Diane Newton of College Place, running her fourth marathon, took the lead for good in the second half of the race and held on for the women's victory.
Newton had a final time of 3:20:31.
Meghan Faulkenberry of Colbert finished second at 3:24:20, while Eugene's Bella Richardson was third at 3:26:13.
The course began at the Richland Shilo Inn, went over the Richland-Pasco bridge, and then ran along the shoreline.
Runners then went over the Blue Bridge into Columbia Park before they doubled back and ran along the shoreline down to the Cable Bridge.
From there, the crossed the bridge back into Pasco, then ran along the shoreline, heading west.
The course then went back over into Richland using the Volpentest Bridge once again, and runners eventually finished back at the Shilo.