Boutte, Violette victorious at Run for Friendship |

Boutte, Violette victorious at Run for Friendship

There was a very impressive turnout for last Saturday’s Run for Friendship with 85 finishing the 5K race, another 51 finishing the 10K, along with 54 walkers.

Considering August tends to be the hottest month of the year, 190 participants for this first-year event was an extremely healthy total. The races went smoothly thanks to the many volunteers and Race Director Shawn Ryley’s efforts.

The only noticeable negative was the courses were a little short due to a large truck blocking placement of the finish chute, leaving the 5K (3.1 miles) actually closer to 3.02 miles and the 10K similarly shorter.

There were a number of outstanding races, both overall and in age groups.

Austin Violette, in the lead pack of three runners in the 5K, came up with a blazing finish to pass previously undefeated (in four Grand Prix races this year) Larry Defeyter to win in 18 minutes, one second (to Larry’s 18:03).

Jeff Boutte, who challenged Austin with about a half mile to go, stayed strong to finish third in 18:10 and win the 40-49 age group (AG). Jeff stays undefeated in AG competition and leads his Grand Prix (GP) with 60 points.

Robert Warner, second in the 10K in 42:42, won the 40-49 AG and holds second in that AG with 51 points. Jeffrey Gail, third AG in the 10K in 45:55 (seventh overall), is third with 40 points. Oregon House’s Troy McNeill was second AG in the 10K in 44:34 (sixth).

Austin, with his first overall GP race victory, leads the 15-18 AG with 57 points. Jake Cena, second AG in the 5K in 21:06 (10th), is second in that AG with 40 points. Matt Manuel was third AG in 21:08 (12th).

Larry moves into a tie for first in the 30-39 AG with 50 points, remaining undefeated in AG competition. Mark Epperly, third AG in the 5K in 23:44 (27th), holds third in that AG with 35. Mill Valley’s Ben Duemler won the 10K and 30-39 AG in 41:05, while Troy Vahidi was second AG in 44:23 (fourth).

As impressive as Austin’s first GP race victory was, there was an equally outstanding win in the “women’s” race as 10-year-old Jamie Boutte, who normally runs a second or two behind older sister Jessica, without her sister in the race, ran the best race of her life to finish in 21:27 for her first overall victory. Jamie also leads her GP with 50 points, undefeated in her AG. Amelie Gartin, second AG in 38:46, moved into second in that GP with 34.

Amber Kinaston won the women’s 10K in 45:20 (sixth overall!) and remains undefeated in her 19-29 AG, moving into first in the GP with 40 points. Kristin Jenkins won that AG in the 5K in 26:51. Vanessa Williams, with her AG third in the 5K in 31:57, moved up into a third place tie in that GP with 21 points.

Jack Bordoni, from Los Altos, finished fourth in the 5K in 19:41, winning the 11-14 AG, with Zach Stoll second AG in 20:22 (sixth) and Cody Carlton third AG in 21:26 (14th). Kael Newton, with his ninth place finish in the 10K in 46:35, won the 11-14 AG and stays first in that GP with 54 points, followed by Zach with 48 in second and Cody with 44 in third.

Jack’s father, Jim, a National Class age graded runner, finished fifth in 20:06, winning the 50-59 AG. I took second in that AG in 20:44 (seventh) with Denis O’Halloran third AG (ninth) in 20:59. Yuba City’s Mike Buzbee, by winning the 50-59 AG in the 10K (third) in 44:09, remains first in that GP with 58 points, while I hold onto second with 54 and Denis stays third with 32.

John Fairchild ran the best race of his life, by far, cutting over two minutes off his best time to finish second in the 40-49 AG (eighth) in 20:55. Rodney Brown took third AG in 21:07 (11th).

Kevin Schleth ran 21:09 to win the 19-29 AG (13th) and move up into second in that GP with 32 points. Conor Medley, by winning that AG in the 10K in 46:27 (eighth), stays first in that AG with 42.

Breanne Mitchell remained undefeated in her AG, winning in 21:57 (17th overall, second female), leading her GP with 50 points.

Nadja Young-Warner, third female, won the 30-39 AG in 22:57 (23rd) to widen her lead in the GP with 52 points. Debi Fairchild, second AG in 23:39 (26th, fifth female) holds third in that GP with 33, just one behind Ariel Lovett, who was third AG in 24:46 (34 points).

Auburn’s Ann Downey won the 30-39 AG in the 10K in 46:36 (10th) and Tamara Zuromskis was second AG in 50:06 (16th, fourth female), putting her fourth in that GP with 30 points, only four out of second.

Kirsten Koch-Dawson was the fourth female in the 5K, winning the 40-49 AG in 23:24 (24th). Diana Wilburn, second AG in 24:06 (29th), holds onto first in that GP with 45 points. Heather Bullis, fifth AG in the 10K in 56:56, stays third in that GP with 29 points, only two out of second.

Judy Alberts won the 40-49 AG in the 10K in 48:20 (third female, 14th) in her first GP race this year, after winning the 40-49 GP last year. Jill Vahidi was second AG and fifth female in 50:34 (17th).

Battling to the finish, Gene Gilligan edged Drue Mathies for the victory in the 60-69 AG, 22:26 to 22:27 (19th and 20th). Drue holds first in that GP with 44 points. Frank Ribeiro won that AG in the 10K in 51:42 (18th) and, with 27 points, is only two out of third in the GP.

Therese Iknoian won the 50-59 AG in the 5K in 24:08 (30th), remaining undefeated in all seven races, leading that GP with a perfect 70 points. Mill Valley’s Maeve Burke won that AG in the 10K in 52:45, while Anne King was third AG in 57:33, keeping her second in the GP with 48 points. Nola Kinaston, second AG in 55:55, is three points out of third in that GP with 18.

Ron Gross won the 70 and over AG in the 5K in 25:37 to remain undefeated and lead the GP with 60 points, followed closely by Darryl Beardall, who won the 10K in 58:40, with 57. Reno’s Herb Ketzler, second AG in the 5K in 38:45, is third in that GP with 29.

Dori Anderson won the 11-14 AG in the 5K in 25:46, moving into second in that GP with 29 points.

Devon Cloud won the 10 and under AG in the 5K in 26:13 to hold first place in that GP with 44 points. In another photo finish, Callan Warner came flying down the last hill to edge Joshua Fairchild, 26:55 to 26:56. They are tied for second in that GP with 39 points.

Lynne Hurrell won the 70 and over AG in the 10K in 59:16, remaining undefeated in AG competition, leading her GP with 60 points.

Ronda Jensen won the 60-69 AG in the 5K in 27:10, remaining undefeated in her AG, leading that GP with 60 points. Elaine Sierra, second AG in 31:27 and Linda King, third AG in 36:23, are tied for third in that GP with 19 points. Marion Linden won that AG in the 10K in one hour 15:32 to remain second in that GP with 44.

Full race results and GP standings can be found on the Sierra TrailBlazers Web site:

See you at the Ghidotti Phoenix Run 5K this Saturday!

Steve Bond is a competitive runner who lives in Nevada City and regularly writes columns and feature stories about running for The Union. He may be reached via e-mail at

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