Badolato keeps up perfect run in Grand Prix
Chris Badolato made it three-for-three in the Gold Country Grand Prix running series Sunday when he ran to first-place overall in the seventh annual Spring Salmon Run 10K run and walk.
Badolato, 28, of Reno, covered the highly challenging trail course in a time of 49 minutes, 36 seconds to outdistance a record field of 84 participants in the event hosted by the Sierra Friends Center. Badolato previously won the Penn Valley Daffodil Run 5K and Nevada City Spring Run 10K, the first two stops on the Gold Country Grand Prix tour.
He was two minutes off the course record held by Dan King.
Jennifer McSweeney finished second overall and first in the women’s 30-39 age group with a 52:14 effort. Sara Freitas of Nevada City wasn’t far behind in 52:55, good for third place overall and first in the women’s 40-48 division.
Clayton Peirce of Nevada City finished fourth overall and second in the men’s 20-28 division with a time of 53:03.
Robert Marrer of Grass Valley was fifth overall and first in the men’s 50-59 division with a time of 54:51, not far ahead of Nevada City’s V. Neelakantan in 55:25. Phil Storms of Grass Valley was seventh overall (57:21) and Mike Buzbee eighth (58:24), good for second and third respectively in the men’s 50-59 age group.
Marrer has been the winner in his age group in each of the Grand Prix 10K events so far and he now leads Storms in the men’s 50-59 division’s overall standings. Neelakantan now leads the men’s 40-49 standings.
Dan Rodrigues of Grass Valley ran 59:07 to finish ninth overall and first in the men’s 18-and-under age group. Rounding out the top 10, Harry Shields ran 1:00:02, good for second-place in the men’s 40-49 age group.
Karin Whitham finished 14th overall (1:02:28), Inka Mims 17th (1:03:49) and Jill Vahidi 21st (1:05:21) to round out the top five women.
Ken Gaal finished 13th overall and first in the men’s 60-69 age group (1:02:02) and Herman Lubbers, 71, ran 1:07:14 to finish 24th overall and first in the men’s 70-79 age group. Lynne Hurrell was first in the women’s 70-79 division and 57th overall in 1:22:55. They were the two oldest entrants and 8-year-old Rocky Lubbers (1:46:05) was the youngest.
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