|Santa Fe's Ben Fletcher|
In general, we saw a lot of people and that's partly because we saw a 30% increase in finishers from last year's race. I know we had more Girls on the Run participants (105 ladies in pink!), and we had an increase of more than 50% in our 19-under age groups. Terrific momentum we'll see if we can carry into next year.
Alright then, let's break down our finisher's list:
In the 5K, Santa Fean Ben Fletcher defended his title, winning his fourth career Run Around championship in a swift 16min 58sec; Los Alamos' Roy Collins ran runner-up (19:26), and Santa Fean Eduardo Ochoa ran third in (20:24). Local Marianne Kos claimed the championship platter in the women's overall in a time of 21:33. She was chased home by Santa Fe's Katie Gordon in second (22:11), and Taylor Bacon in third (22:22). Taylor, incidentally, ran to two state championships and a runner-up last week for Desert Academy at the NM State Track & Field Championships. Outstanding that she could make it out to compete at the Run Around as an encore. Masters champions were Marianne and Pena Blanca's Tino Pacheco (21:19).
Over in the 10K, a trio of locals lead by Francisco Romero swept the podium spots, Romero claiming this year's title in 37min 56sec, Gray Lloyd runner-up (38:19), and Antonio Lopez in third (38:43). Albuquerque runner Ruth Senior (an All-American while at UNM) ran to the women's overall in (40:09), followed by defending champion Liz Lopez of Santa Fe in second (43:56), and Santa Fe's Medora Allison in third (47:55). Masters champions were Ted Romero of Los Alamos in (40:16) and Santa Fe's Laura Bacon (50:27). The Bacon family taking names it seems.
Luminaries and Names of Note
There are of course several hundred other names in the results' lists and I thought I should pull a few out to highlight the credentialed athletes and other names of note: The one collegiate All-American, Ruth Senior; Several prior NM state champions including Taylor Bacon (5K), Antonio Lopez (10K), Kiara Glover (5K), and Maria Prentice[Moriarity] (10K); 2:25 marathoner Ben Fletcher; Champion area marathoner Marianne Kos; Top area marathoner Amanda Cola; Long-time area greats Chris Chavez, Alice Temple, Vince Hesch, Ted Freeman, Ted Williams, and Ed Scott. We even see a few representatives from the city making it count, including City Director of Public Works Isaac Pino and city attorney Geno Zamora. And of course the many Striders Club members, graduates of our Running 101 program, and several runners that came up from Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Espanola, and as far away as Highlands Ranch, CO.
Terrific run by everyone. We hope to see you out again next May!
Max was photographing the event and has uploaded his images to the Striders Smug Mug page where you can browse and purchase photos of the race - and several other area races from the last year. Max is awesome and you should definitely give him a high-five if you see him out. You're awesome Max!