For several years, the Windermere Marathon has attracted a significant field of runners. The flat course frequently gives veteran runners a new personal record, and it’s the perfect start to the summer race season. But this year’s race is extra special for Spokane’s Javier Pita.

“Running on the Centennial Trail with the river to the side made for spectacular views, and finishing in the iconic Riverfront Park is always special,” says Pita. “If you’re from out of town then you get to see the beauty that Spokane has to offer, and if you live here, well, then this race makes you feel right at home with all the support you get along the way.” Pita won the marathon with a time of 2:52, almost three minutes ahead of second place. Although this wasn’t a PR for him, this was his very first marathon victory. Sadly, he just announced he is relocating to California to be with family. Pita has been a common fixture at most Flying Irish events, and he will be sorely missed. //