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A grand turnout for race

A perfect morning for racing greeted 162 participants who showed up Saturday for AnimalSave’s Second Annual Run for the Animals 5K and 10K races in Nevada City.

A total of 124 participants were entered in the 5K and 38 in the 10K, including more than 50 with their dogs. The turnout was a whopping 65 percent increase over last year’s event, which drew 98 runners and walkers. There is no doubt that this year’s Grand Prix series, which included this race, was a major factor in the significant increase.

Reno’s Chris Badolato, won his fourth straight Grand Prix race, taking the 5K title in 17 minutes, 56 seconds. He now has a commanding lead in the 19-29 age group Grand Prix with 44 points, followed by Nevada City’s Nathan Alley with 25, who ran 22:37 to finish fourth in the 19-29 age group and 10th overall.



Oakland’s Conor Medley ran 21:48 to take second in the 19-29 age group and sixth overall, followed closely by Cedar Ridge’s Scott Siver in 21:54, who placed third in that age group and seventh overall.

Nevada City’s Clayton Peirce holds third place in the 19-29 Grand Prix with 24 points. Grass Valley’s Brian Kelly won that age group in the 10K in 48:36, good for seventh place overall.




Last year’s 5K winner, Nevada City’s Larry Defeyter finished second Saturday while running a faster time, crossing the line in 18:26 to win the 30-39 age group. He moved into a tie (33 points) for first-place in the 30-39 Grand Prix with Peter Lubbers, who was third in that age group and 11th overall in the 10K in 51:27.

Nevada City’s Sid Heaton, who was ninth overall in the 10K and second in the 30-39 age group in 49:18, holds third place in the 30-39 Grand Prix with 27 points.

Nevada City’s B.J. Lindholm ran a fast 20:42 to finish third overall in the 5K and second in the 30-39 age group. He is currently fourth in the 30-39 Grand Prix with 24 points.

Race Director Jean Shannon’s son, Peter, won the 30-39 age group in the 10K in 47:13 and fifth overall while running with his dog.

Grass Valley’s Danny Rodrigues finished fourth in the 5K in 21:15, only four seconds ahead of Thomas McAtee, also from Grass Valley, who ran 21:19.

Rodrigues won the 13-18 age group to shoot into first-place in the Grand Prix with 41 points, followed by Rough and Ready’s Austin Violette, who is second with 33 points. Grass Valley’s Tony Britton won that age group in the 10K in 59:44.

McAtee, who turns 13 this month, won the 9-12 age group and holds a huge lead in the Grand Prix with 44 points.

Grass Valley’s Steve Bond, in his first race since turning 50, passed 40-49 age group winner Dave Berreman near the end of the race to win the 50-59 age group by more than five minutes in 22:18 (eighth overall). Grass Valley’s Berreman ran 22:21 to finish ninth, 21 seconds ahead of Grass Valley’s Shawn Ryley, who was second in the 40-49 age group and 11th overall in 22:42. Bond holds second place in the 40-49 Grand Prix with 30 points, behind

Nevada City’s V. Neelakantan won the men’s 10K race (second overall behind overall winner Jennifer McSweeney) in 42:42, putting him solidly into first place in the Grand Prix with 41 points.

Grass Valley’s Harry Shields, with his 40-49 age group third place in the 10K in 48:26, good for sixth overall, moved into third place in the Grand Prix with 24 points.

Nevada City’s John Darlington finished 13th overall in the 5K in 23:10, winning the 60-69 age group and holding onto a Grand Prix tie with Yuba City’s Ken Gaal, who won that age group in the 10K in 48:50 (8th overall). Both have 33 points (three age group wins).

Darryl Beardall is currently third in the 60-69 Grand Prix with 28 points.

Penn Valley’s Jerily McCormick won the women’s 5K race, finishing 16th overall in 23:45. Her 40-49 age group win moved her into a second-place tie in the Grand Prix with Nevada City’s Michelle Homan, who was second in that age group in the 10K in 54:40 (20th overall). Each has 29 points.

Smartville’s Inka Mimms won the 40-49 age group 10K and was the second woman finisher in 10th overall, running 49:43. Her age group victory boosted her into first-place in the 40-49 Grand Prix with 35 points.

Nevada City’s Jean Bystry was the second female finisher in the 5K in 24:03, good for second in the 40-49 age group and 17th overall.

Penn Valley’s amazing Mary McLean, at 66-years-old, was the third woman finisher in 25:02, winning her age group by more than six minutes. Her win moved her into sole possession of first place in the 60-69 Grand Prix with 33 points. It’s worth noting that her time gave her the best age/sex graded race of any runner in either race that day.

Grass Valley’s Elaine Sierra, who was second in that age group in the 5K in 31:38, is in second-place in the Grand Prix with 30 points, followed by Nevada City’s Marion Linden, with 19 points, who won that age group in the 10K in 76:54.

Grass Valley’s Jill Vahidi was the fourth female finisher in 26:16, winning the 30-39 age group, which moved her far in front in the Grand Prix with 31 points. Grass Valley’s Jennifer McSweeney, with her overall win in the 10K (after winning the women’s race at the Salmon Run 10K the week before) in 41:55 jumped into second place in the Grand Prix with 22 points, followed by Grass Valley’s Kirsten Koch, whose second place in the 5K in that age group in 26:45 (sixth woman overall) boosted her into third-place in the Grand Prix with 20 points.

Grass Valley’s Laura Rodrigues won the 13-18 age group for the fourth time in four tries, finishing fifth female in the 5K in 26:27 and giving her a commanding lead in the Grand Prix with 44 points.

Auburn’s Nichole Tintle, who won that age group in the 10K in 54:34, is in second-place in the Grand Prix with 33 points. Grass Valley’s Nicole Nicolai, who finished second in the 13-18 age group in the 5K in 31:30, is in third in the Grand Prix with 20 points.

Grass Valley’s Robert Marrer continued his 50-59 age group dominance, winning for the fourth time in four races, in 45:07, good for third overall in the 10K (second male finisher). He now has a comfortable lead in the Grand Prix over Grass Valley’s Phil Storms, 44 points to 30. Nevada City’s Rod Gillespie, second in the 50-59 age group in the 10K in 53:58, is third with 18 points.

Nevada City’s Carly Brush, unbeaten in the 19-29 age group in the three prior Grand Prix races this year, ran 52:04 to win once again, finishing as the third woman and 12th overall in the 10K. She stands alone in first in the Grand Prix with 44 points. Pamela Conavay, also from Nevada City, won that age group in the 5K in 29:35 and is second in the Grand Prix with 28 points. Grass Valley’s Amanda Jacobsen, who was third in that age group in the 10K, is third in the Grand Prix with 22 points.

Grass Valley’s Lynne Hurrell won the women’s 70-and-over age group in the 10K in 62:52 to further extend her Grand Prix lead. Maeve Burke won the 50-59 10K in 52:57, while Elan Goldman won the boys 9-12 age group in 71:40 and Herman Lubbers won the men’s 70-and-over age group in 77:53.

In the 5K, Rocky Lubbers won the 8-and-under age group in 32:44 and Herb Ketzler won the 70 and over age group in 38:29.

Grass Valley’s Pam Coon won the 50-59 age group in 27:45 and holds a huge lead in that age group in the Grand Prix with 44 points (four wins in four races).

Grass Valley’s Ashley Davies won the 9-12 age group in 29:24 and holds the lead in the Grand Prix, while Kate Berreman, another Grass Valley resident, won the 8 and under age group in 30:50 and has first place in the Grand Prix in that age group.

In the special “running with dogs” category, Nevada City’s Carl Bystry won in 23:26, with Grass Valley’s Paul Falvey second in 24:33 and Penn Valley’s Steve Konold third in 25:47.

Thanks to Race Director Jean Shannon for supplying results.


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