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Runners tie in Kellermann 10K


More than 150 runners and walkers took tho the streets of Nevada City Aug. 17 for the Kellermann Batwa Challenge, raising money for the Kellermann Foundation as well as earning points in the Gold Country Grand Prix.

The seventh race on the Gold Country circuit saw a first for the 2013 season, with Devon Cloud, 15, and Larry Defeyter, 39, sharing the overall win in the 10K. Both runners crossed the finish line at the exact same time, 43 minutes, 6 seconds. Both runners earned 10 points in their respective grand prix age groups and both remain atop the standings in those age groups.

The first overall winner in the women’s 10K was Makie Ohler, 51, with a time of 44:38. Ohler has run in six of the seven Gold Country races and won her age group in each time she has competed.

In the 5K, the overall winner was Steven Tate of Wheatland with a time of 18:24. In the women’s 5K, Kelly Brown, 49, from Lewiston, Maine took first place overall with a time of 21:03.

Taking first in the 5K, 70-99 AG, was Lynne Hurrell, 79, with a time of 31:00. Hurrell has won her age group in all six races she has competed in this year. In the men’s 5K, 70-99 AG, Michael Airington placed first with a time of 33:20.

In the 60-69 AG, the women’s 5K winner was Genielle Odom in a time of 32:19. The men’s 5K winner in the 60-69 AG was John Odom in 29:07. John Odom trails Denis O’Halloran by 10 points in the GP standings.

In the 50-59 AG, the women’s 5K winner was Anne King with a time of 24:49. King trails Ohler in the GP standings by 14 points with four races left. In the 50-59 AG, the men’s 5K winner was Scott Brown with a time of 21:34.

In the men’s 5K, 40-49 AG, Rob Taylor was first (19:47) and extended his lead in the GP standings to 14 over Ben Thomas.

Taking the 5K top spot in the women’s 30-39 AG was Jennifer Maier in a time of 27:45. On the men’s side, the 5K, 30-39 AG, winner was Bjorn Jones with a time of 18:45. Jones trails Defeyter by only four points in the GP standings.

For the 19-29 AG women’s 5K, it was Amanda Bratton winning her fifth race of the season with a time of 22:33. Bratton leads her AG in the GP standings by 13 points over Jennifer Palmer.

In the women’s 5K, 15-18 AG, Kristina Cena took the top spot with a time of 28:44. In the men’s 5K, 15-18 AG, Peter McDowell was first with a time of 25:10.

Bonnie Brown was the first female in the 11-14 AG to finish the 5K, finishing with a time of 25:35. Kessler Baker was the first male to finish in the 11-14 AG, crossing the finish line in a time of 22:15.

Finally in the 5K, the women’s 1-10 AG winner was Hannah Fairchild with a time of 35:59. Fairchild leads her AG in the GP standings by one point over Riley Madigan. On the men’s side, Max Wright won the 5K, 1-10 AG, with a time of 24:30.

In the 10K, 70-99 AG, Bruce Hilger was the first to finish with a time of 60:47.

Mike Buzbee took the men’s 10K, 60-69 AG, with a time of 45:05. In the women’s 10K, 60-69 AG, Pam Clifton was first with a time of 59:47.

In the men’s 50-59 AG, the 10K winner was David Poirier in 44:59.

The women’s 10K, 40-49 AG, the winner was Ellen Wallace in 50:06. The men’s winner in the 10K, 40-49 AG, was Glenn Martinson with a time of 50:05.

Lisa Moeschler took the 10K, 30-39 AG, with a time of 50:27. Moeschler now trails GP leader Alexis LaCentra by eight points in the 30-39 AG.

Marnie McDowell took the 10K, 19-29 AG, with a time of 61:13. Holly Harrison won the 15-18 AG in the women’s 10K with a time of 54:21.

In the men’s 10K, 1-10 AG, Zachary Fairchild placed first in 91:21.

The Kellermann Foundation provides resources for sustainable development, health, education and spiritual outreach for the benefit of the Batwa Pygmies and adjacent communities, according to http:// kellermannfoundation.org.

When Dr. Scott Kellermann and his wife, Carol, left Nevada County and moved to Uganda 12 years ago to help the displaced Batwa Pygmies, they ran an open-air clinic. Since then, the Kellermanns have opened the Bwindi Community Hospital, which has 120 beds and is considered one of the most successful hospitals in Uganda.

With just four races left in the Gold Country Grand Prix runners will next get a shot to earn points at the Hunger 5K/10K Sept. 7 in Nevada City.


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