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Alemayehu, Conley Win at SACTOWN 10

April 09, 2013 By: John Blue Category: General Running News, Masters Runners, Road Races

Kim Conley on the way to the win (Photo by Sean Dulany/Freeplay Magazine)

Kim Conley on the way to the win (Photo by Sean Dulany/Freeplay Magazine)

By John Schumacher

Defending champion Tesfaye Alemayehu pushed hard from the start, daring anyone to stay with him in the third annual Credit Union SACTOWN Ten-Mile Run.

Olympian Kim Conley treated the race as a strength workout, taking a longer-term view as she prepares for an upcoming track season she hopes earns her a spot on the U.S. World Championship team.

Both strategies worked well on a mild, sunny Sunday morning, with Antioch’s Alemayehu and West Sacramento’s Conley winning individual titles in an event that serves as USA Track & Field’s Pacific Association 10-Mile Championship and helps raise money for Children’s Miracle Network.


Shamrock’n the Half Marathon

March 18, 2013 By: John Blue Category: General Running News, Masters Runners

shamrockOn Sunday morning, under perfect running conditions, more than 6,000 runners lined up at Raley’s Field in West Sacramento for the start of the 9th Annual Blue Diamond Shamrock’n Half Marathon.

Fresh off his win at the Napa Marathon, Kevin Pool, 30, of Folsom, bested all comers to win in a solid 1:08:23.

Coming in second was Ryan Delgado, 26, of San Francisco, with a time of 1:10:05, and Wesley Szehner, 25, of Sacramento, was third in 1:10:29.

The first woman was a speedy Chantelle Wilder, 27, of Los Gatos, who took it home in 1:17:15.


LA Marathon Update–Updated!

March 18, 2013 By: John Blue Category: General Running News, Masters Runners, Road Races

LA MarathonYou may have heard there was a marathon in Los Angeles, yesterday.

I only mention the LA Marathon in this Sacramento publication because a lot of locals run it.

There are a few interesting things to report:

Deena Kastor, running her first marathon as a masters runner, finished third in 2:32:38. She was bested by Aleksandra Duliba, 27, of Belarus, who finished first in 2:26:07, and Zemzem Ahmed, 28, of Ethiopia, who finished second in 2:30:31.

Kenyan men swept the top three positions. Erick Mose, 26, was the winner in 2:09:43. Mose was followed in by Julius Keter, 24, in 2:10:30, and Nicholas Chelimo, 30, who finished in 2:10:42.

The top local man appears to be Christopher Malenab, 33, of Sacramento, who finished in 3:12:14. Curt Casazza, 41, of Cameron Park, who finished in 2:55:34. (Editor’s note: Multiple people contacted me to let me know that Curt Casazza was the first local finisher. We apologize for the error. This is not to take anything away from Christopher Malenab who ran a 20+ minute PR and should be very proud of himself.)


Kevin Pool, Michelle Meyer Win at Napa

March 04, 2013 By: John Blue Category: General Running News, Masters Runners, Road Races

kevin crossing the finish lineOn Sunday, Folsom’s Kevin Pool was supposed to just be running a “training run” in advance of April’s Boston Marathon.

I’m curious at what point he decided to go ahead and push for the win at the 35th Annual Kaiser Permanente Napa Valley Marathon, because at some point he had to have decided to pass and then stay in front of all those other people out there on the course.

On the other hand, San Francisco’s Michelle Meyer, 25, had reportedly set a goal of running a fast time, and possibly earning the women’s win.

At the end of the day, both of them emerged victorious and were crowned Road Runners Club of America National Marathon Champions because the race served as the Road Runners Club of America’s 2013 National Marathon Championship.


Adventures in Hydrology: CIM 2012

December 03, 2012 By: John Blue Category: General Running News, Masters Runners, Road Races

Is it the steeplechase or a marathon? (Photo courtesy of Randy Wehner Photography)

When we look back on the California International Marathon of 2012, what will first spring to mind is the Atmospheric River.

Over my decades of running, I have experienced some pretty intense weather. My one run at Boston was in the infamous nor’easter of 2007.

I ran most of the stormy 2001 CIM before crapping out and slinking away in my wife’s car at mile 17.


St. Francis Girls Going to Nike XC Nationals

November 28, 2012 By: John Blue Category: Cross Country, High School

Now to Portland!

The St. Francis Girls took second place at the Division I State Cross Country meet (and was scored 2nd place in California Power Merge).

The team’s top finisher was Junior Lauren Larocco, who came in 16th with a 18:10.

St. Francis has been invited to race at Nike Cross Nationals in Portland, Oregon, and we’ve heard that they’ve accepted the invitation.


Tollefson, Pool, and Pina, Repeat at the Rebels XC Challenge

September 02, 2012 By: John Blue Category: Cross Country, General Running News, Masters Runners

Lindsay Tolefson on her way to the win. (Photo credit: Camron Shahmirzadi)

The Rebels XC Challenge kicked off the local adult cross country season yesterday in Granite Park, and competitors enjoyed picture-perfect weather and a challenging course.

The winding trails through Granite Park do not yield a particularly speedy course, but as typical for a PAUSATF cross country race the times were fast and the competition fierce.

The event stuck with the usual PA cross country format, with separate races for women, masters men, and open men, with the women running 5K and the men 7K.


Race for the Arts 5K

August 25, 2012 By: John Blue Category: General Running News, Masters Runners, Road Races

I fell in love with the Race for the Arts 5K when it was run downtown from Crocker Park and along the Sacramento River, on a Friday evening in late summer.

Over time, originally because of construction issues, the race was moved to Land Park–but still run in the evening.

Now, it’s just another Saturday morning 5K in Land Park, but still a good time and still a local favorite. The course is flat and shaded. There is plenty of grass to set up a team tent or run your kids around on after the event.

In today’s race, local speedster Kevin Pool ran alone for the win in 15:13. Following him in for 2nd and 3rd were Hector Miranda in 15:52, and Camron Shahmirzadi in 16:15.


SacTown 10 Delivers

April 01, 2012 By: John Blue Category: General Running News, Road Races

Tesfaye Alemayehu on his way to victory in 47:34. (SRN photo.)

There was a time in the not too distant past, where 60-minutes for a ten mile run was the demarcation line between serious and non-serious runners.  The local Buffalo Stampede 10 mile race would produce a bushel of sub-60 minute finishes, and the Stockton’s California 10 wouldn’t even give you a shirt unless you broke 60-minutes.

While local races still usually deliver a few speedy times, the crowd is pretty thin when you get under six minutes per mile.

As I’ve written before, a little prize money goes a long way. Now, with this year’s $15,000 prize purse and PAUSATF grand prix status, the Sactown 10 delivers as a serious, competitive race.


St Patrick’s Day Races

March 17, 2012 By: John Blue Category: Road Races

It looks like a bunch of folks decided to go to Davis and claim their 7 Km or 7 mile personal bests.

It seems like the real lucky part of the Lucky 7 races today was that the rain held off.

Results for all the races are here.



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