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California Marathon

Daniel Tapia (24) runs in the pack at the 10-mile mark of the California International Marathon on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012, in Fair Oaks, Calif. Tapia, a member of the Sacramento Running Association’s elite team went on to win the 30th California International Marathon. (AP Photo/The Sacramento Bee, Paul Kitagaki Jr.)

Castroville resident Daniel Tapia, a UC Santa Cruz alum, won the California International Marathon over the weekend, according to preliminary results.

Tapia crossed the finish line in 2 hours, 16 minutes, 29 seconds — with a 37-second lead over second-place finisher Tesfaye Alemayehu [Antioch]. Christopher Kipyego [Kenya] was third in 2:17:58.

Alisha Williams of Colorado Springs, Colo., won the women’s race in 2:34:57. Clara Peterson of San Anselmo took second [2:35:36] and Natalia Sergeeva [New York] took third [2:38:20].

LaSelva Beach’s Peter Stanger, 60, was the sole person from Santa Cruz County to place in the top 10 of an age division. He was seventh in the men’s 60-64 age group, finishing in 3:37:32.

Results included in this report are from Results at the time of this post were still considered preliminary.

Runners flood a bridge in Istanbul, Turkey, on Nov. 11, 2012, during the 34h Eurasia Marathon. (Antoinette Casselberry/Contributed)













As Antoinette Casselberry approached the end of her most recent marathon, organizers had already started to pack up and runners crossing the finish line were being given a paper that said ” no finish.”

“I thought there was going to be a battle with bloodshed,” Casselberry wrote in an email following the race, which was in Istanbul, Turkey, on Nov. 11. “People from all over the world finished after the road shut-down time looking for the medals and paper. The race promoters refused to be understanding and cooperative.”

Casselberry waited more than an hour — no food, water, or support services available — with some of the other runners until, finally, the longtime Bonny Doon resident got what she wanted: Proof.

A promoter returned with shirts and medals, and wrote down the remaining runners’ times by hand.

Mission accomplished.

Casselberry, who has been dedicated to the goal of running a marathon on every continent for years, could mark Asia off her list after having also finished 26.2-mile races in the United States [North America], Ireland [Europe], Australia, Antarctica and Madagascar [Africa] and Easter Island [South America] — sometimes going to creative lengths in order to create a marathon where there wasn’t one.

Although the 34th Eurasia Marathon website still shows a “DNF” after her name, Casselberry said she finished in about 5 hours, 50 minutes. And while the race was a tough one — few bathroom facilities were provided, and course workers only had water, sugar cubes, and apples on hand — she said she thoroughly enjoyed her trip to Turkey.

So what’s next? Casselberry, a Santa Cruz Track Club member, has already set a new goal of running a marathon in every state. She estimates she is 35-40 percent of attaining it after having completed The X-Country Marathon in the Everglades in Florida last weekend, where she finished in 6:58:45 for 22nd among women.

Three Questions with Antoinette Casselberry

Q: What was the best experience you had in fulfilling this goal?

A: My best experience with this goal is that I have met incredible people along the way and we have become life-long friends. One cannot help but learn incredible amounts about other people, places and ways of life.

Q: Which was your favorite marathon?

A: All of my marathons abroad were quite memorable. Antarctica was the most beautiful and the most difficult. I made really good friends on Easter Island. Istanbul touched my heart, tantalized my taste buds, and was a soulful experience.

Q: What kind of support have you had from family and friends?

A: If it was not for the support of family, friends, and my doctors at Santa Cruz Dental Group, none of this would have been possible. My bosses have been very patient and understanding of my goals.

Erik Edmonds competes in the Santa Barbara International Marathon on Nov. 10, 2012. Edmonds races in a “running” wheelchair. (Photo contributed by Erik Edmonds)

With just a couple weeks to prepare following surgeries that kept him on the couch for months over the summer, Santa Cruz resident Erik Edmonds — a paraplegic who competes in a special “running” wheelchair — finished the Santa Barbara International Marathon in 23rd place overall on Saturday.

Edmonds won the wheelchair division as the only entrant for the second straight year. He crossed the finish line after 26.2 miles in 2 hours, 57 minutes, 40.7 seconds — just a few minutes off his 2011 time of 2:53:21.5.

Edmonds, 32, lost the ability to walk when his spinal cord was damaged in a single-car accident in 2001 and is paralyzed from his upper-middle back down. He continues to suffer from neuropathic pain, which worsens when he is sedentary and makes him feel as though the left side of his body from his hip down is on fire.

In part in an effort to combat that pain and in part because of his competitive nature and drive, Edmonds has been competing in marathon and triathlon the past couple years and is itching to get back in the water for triathlon.

“I had 2 more ankle surgeries starting in June that kept me on my couch for almost 4 months.  It really sucked,” Edmonds wrote in an email.  “It looks like the surgeries went OK but I am still unable to go in the water.  So in the mean time I am cycling and running, waiting for the green light to get back in the ocean.”

Abraham Kogo of Kenya won the marathon in 2:23:09.7.

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