Ruth Perkins of Puyallup torched the women’s field Sunday at the Mercer Island Half Marathon.
Perkins, the reigning Tacoma City Marathon and Sound to Narrows champ, finished the 13.1-mile race in 1 hour, 17 minutes, 37 seconds. She was nearly eight minutes faster than the second place woman, Seattle University cross country coach and 3-time Seattle Marathon champ Trisha Steidl.
Perkins' time was faster than all but 13 of the men.
John Ricardi of Seattle won the men’s race in 1:08:30. The field for Sunday’s half marathon included 2,028 runners. Another 1,814 people combined to participate in the half marathon walk and 10- and 5-kilometer races.