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More than 400 People Run Through the Yakima River Canyon

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SELAH, Wash.--It was a beautiful day for a jog or a 26 mile marathon, depending on who you are.

Strong winds made the 26 miles from Ellensburg to Selah even more challenging for  the runners participating in the "13th Annual Yakima River Canyon Marathon."

"You know I'm happy, I'm overwhelmed," said Chuck Engle, the first place winner overall. "There's a euphoria that you get especially today because it was so challenging with that headwind."

Lenore Dolphin and her husband Bob have been putting on the marathon since 2001. Lenore and participants said every year is like one big family reunion.

"It's a big community," said Engle. "I mean it really brings literally the whole world together."

"It's like a little community," said Jaime Lopez "Everybody comes and supports themselves, especially right now you can hear everybody yelling even though you don't really know the person."

More than 400 runners from all over the country and even the world competed Saturday. Business owners said having a couple extra hundred people in the region gives our economy a nice boost. Several local hotels said they're at 80 percent capacity.

"I walked around downtown and checked out a couple of shops that were open and I had a good time," said Engle.

"That's why the race has this wonderful reputation because the locals have just been really great," said Lenore Dolphin. "Make people feel welcome."

The event is sponsored by the Yakima Hardcore Runners Club.