Aptos’ Marc Erik Lowe won for the second straight year and and Soquel’s Michelle Kern dominated the women’s field in the Jingle Bell Rock Toys for Tots 5-kilometer race at the San Lorenzo River Levee in Santa Cruz over the weekend.
Lowe crossed the finish line in 18 minutes, 59.6 seconds to defend his title. He was followed by Kern, who crossed the finish line in 19:34.1 for the women’s title and second place overall. Chris Anderson was second among men and third overall [20:13.8], and Josh Mader was third among men and fifth overall [20:20.3].
Kern was followed by Abbey Meck, who placed second among women and fourth overall [20:14], and Margaret Ellis took third among women and seventh overall [20:36.4].
Results included in this report are from Finishline Productions.
Santa Cruz resident Stefano Profumo and Aptos resident Olivia Berhan won the men’s and women’s divisions of the Santa Cruz Turkey Trot 10-kilometer race at West Cliff Drive on Saturday.
Profumo, 34, crossed the finish line in 35:40 with a 5:45 per-mile pace. Santa Cruz’s Julian Sunn, 27, followed just 10 seconds later to take second, and Christopher Ratliff, 42, rounded out the top three in 35:57.
Berhan, 12, was the top female finisher, completing the race in 45:30 for the win and 31st place overall. Aptos’ Polly Feyereisn, 34, took second [46:20], and Woodside’s Erika Kikuchi, 34, placed third [47:10].
Fifteen-year-old Javier Azona of Hollister won the 5k, which was run in conjunction with the 10k, in 17:44, and Soquel’s Michelle Kern was the women’s winner in 19:25. Kern, 48, was ninth overall.
The race is an annual event hosted by the Santa Cruz Track Club. Results are from the Santa Cruz Track Club website.
Oakland resident Caitlin Smith won the Dirt Inspires Trail Half Marathon with a sizable lead and Michelle Kern was the top finisher from Santa Cruz County at Nisene Marks State Park in Aptos on Sunday.
Smith finished the hilly women’s race in 1 hour, 34 minutes, 57.4 seconds, while runner-up Janelle Stevens of Mission, Kan., crossed the finish line in 1:46:22.2. Kern, a Soquel resident, rounded out the top three in 1:50:18.
In the Dirt Inspires 4-miler, the leaderboard was packed with Santa Cruz County runners: Santa Cruz’s Hallie Carl won in 29:56, Capitola’s Jessica Caldeira was second in 30:08.6 and Watsonville’s Meredith Hawkins placed third in 30:08.6.
In the Dirt Inspires 8-miler, San Francisco’s Sara Tanza won [1:03:46.6], Pleasanton’s Carrie Rassmussen was second [1:08:30.6], and Santa Cruz’s Emily Coonerty placed third [1:11:40.6].
A small selection of men braved the event. Monterey’s William Fleming won the men’s division of the 8-miler in 1:50:32.3 out of two entrants, and Mountain View’s Stephen Boesch won the 4-miler in 28:33.1, also out of two entrants.
The results included in this report are from Finishlineproduction.com.