Jesse McChesney didn’t follow his plan for Sunday’s Vancouver Lake Half Marathon. But that didn’t keep the 26-year-old from the result he was after.Despite running the first few miles significantly quicker than planned, the Vancouver resident reached the finish line on schedule, finishing in 1 hour, 9 minutes and 44 seconds to win the 13.1-mile race for a second time. McChesney and three of his training partners were the first four to cross the finish line at Vancouver Lake Park, but only McChesney broke the targeted 70-minute barrier.“I hit the time that I wanted, but I think if we had gone out a little more conservative, then I could have picked it up more on the second half,” McChesney said. “But I’m still happy with it.”There were plenty of happy faces among the hundreds of runners and walkers. The flagship annual event staged by the Clark County Running Club to fund its scholarship program, the Vancouver Lake Half Marathon is a race with a reputation for testing participants’ resolve with wind, rain and sometimes snow. Sunday’s conditions for the 24th edition of the January race would have been welcomed by runners any time of year.The sunshine helped get Susie Scott to the race.“I was tired this morning waking up, but I thought ‘I have to do it. It’s so great outside,’” Scott said.The 27-year-old Portland woman got it done in 1:24:45 and was the first female to the finish line.Race organizer Russ Zornick predicted that McChesney and training partners Ahrlin Bauman and Oscar Bauman of Vancouver were prepared to run fast. They started faster than planned. Jesse McChesney, who took first place, runs in annual Vancouver Lake Half Marathon on Sunday.
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