Cystic Fibrosis 5K sets course as 9th race in Gold Country Grand Prix
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What: Cystic Fibrosis 5K Run/Walk
When: Registration 7:45 a.m., Saturday
Where: Empire Mine, Grass Valley
Cost: $20 run, $15 walk
With just three races left in the Gold Country Grand Prix and several age groups mired in tight points races, the Cystic Fibrosis 5K run/walk offers a chance for competitors to improve their positions and at the same time support a good cause.
The Saturday race puts runners on course at the Empire Mine in Grass Valley, starting at 8:30 a.m.. Registration opens at 7:45 a.m. All proceeds from the event benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Cystic Fibrosis is a life-threatening genetic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system, according to MayoClinic.com. The money raised from the run will help support vital science.
Entering the 9th of 11 races, several age groups come into the event steeped in tight battles.
Ron Gross holds an 11-point margin over Darryl Beardall in the men’s 70 and over age group (AG). Michael Buzbee has the slightest of margins in the men’s 60-69 AG, leading Denis O’Halloran by one point, 52-51. In the men’s 50-59 AG, Steve Bond holds a seven-point lead over Robert Warner, with Phillip Desjardins only 11 points behind. Larry DeFeyter has a four-point edge over Bjorn Jones in the men’s 30-39 AG. In the women’s 30-39 AG, Alexis LaCentra is only two points ahead of Lisa Moeschler. Amanda Bratton holds the lead in the women’s 19-29 AG, leading Jennifer Palmer by six points. Hannah Fairchild leads the women’s 10 and under AG by 11 points. And Joe Bigley leads the men’s 10 and under AG by 13 points.
Runners get 10 points for a first-place finish in their AG, seven points for second, five points for third, four points for fourth, three points for fifth and one point thereafter.
A pair of age group winners have already clinched, with several others holding commanding leads as the grand prix starts to wind down.
Joshua Fairchild is atop the men’s 11-14 AG by 24 points. Holly Harrison leads the women’s 15-18 AG by 27 points. Devon Cloud has already wrapped up the men’s 11-14 AG with 63 points, 42 more than the next competitor. Ryan Meacher leads the men’s 19-29 AG by 20 points. Amanda Balser has control of the women’s 40-49 AG with a 15-point lead. Rob Taylor holds the lead in the men’s 40-49 AG by 21 points. Makie Ohler is 17 points ahead of the next runner in the women’s 50-59 AG. Genielle Odom leads the women’s 60-69 AG by 17 points. Lynne Hurrell has already clinched the women’s 70 and over AG with a 60-point lead.
For a full listing of the Gold Country Grand Prix standings visit http://www.nccn.net.
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