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Participation jumps again for Spring Run race

The 20th anniversary Nevada City Spring Run 5K and 10K races, held on a beautiful morning on Saturday at the Methodist Church at the top of Broad Street, once again had a dramatic increase in attendance.

The 2005 event had 102 runners and walkers, almost doubling the 2004 turnout. On Saturday, 78 runners finished the 5K, with another 41 in the 10K, along with 29 walkers, totaling 148 participants.

Reno’s Chris Badolato, who won last week’s Daffodil Run 5K in Penn Valley by almost two minutes, moved over to the 10K and won by more than two minutes, in 38 minutes, 14 seconds. Badolato holds first place in the 19-29 Gold Country Grand Prix.



Nevada City’s Larry Defeyter, who was second to Badolato in the Daffodil 5K, won the Spring Run 5K in 18:58, 10 seconds faster than his winning time in this race last year. He also took sole possession of first place in the Grand Prix in the 30-39 age group.

Women took second and third place overall in the 5K. Emmy Barr of Sacramento, in her first Nevada County race, ran 19:31 while winning the 30-39 age group and Nevada City’s Sara Freitas, who was second overall in this race last year, finished third overall in 20:17, while taking first place in the 40-49 age group.




Nevada City’s B.J. Lindholm finished fourth overall in 20:44, good for second in the 30-39 age group. Lindholm currently holds third place in the 30-39 Grand Prix, behind Peter Lubbers, who won that age group in the 10K in 54:50.

Grass Valley’s Danny Rodrigues finished fifth overall in 21:04 and won the 13-18 age group ahead of Rough and Ready’s Austin Violette, who ran 21:58 and finished ninth overall. Rodrigues moved into a first-place tie with Ari Shaeffer, who finished second in this age group in the 10K in 43:40 behind Sacramento’s Joe Krtil who was second overall in 40:22. Violette moved up into third place in the 13-18 Grand Prix.

Philip Storms of Grass Valley, who won the 50-59 age group at the Daffodil Run 5K last week, once again came away with the age group victory, running 21:13, good for sixth overall. Storms maintained his tie for first place in the Grand Prix in that age group with Grass Valley’s Robert Marrer, who won the 10K at Daffodil and again this week, running 45:38, good for seventh overall.

Grass Valley’s 12-year-old phenom, Thomas McAtee, who won his age group (9-12) at Daffodil, once again won, this time running 21:27, good for seventh overall. He holds sole possession of first place in the Grand Prix.

Nevada City’s Denis O’Halloran was 10 seconds behind in 21:37, which garnered him second-place in the very competitive 50-59 age group and eighth overall. O’Halloran won the 50-59 age group in last October’s Run Through the Colors 5K in Nevada City.

Grass Valley’s Steve Bond, in his 136th and final race in the 40-49 age group, won by more than three minutes while taking 10th place overall in 22:08. Bond moved into a tie for first place in the 40-49 Grand Prix with Nevada City’s V. Neelakantan, who finished second in that age group in the 10K to Nevada City’s Doug Reed, who has won this race numerous times.

Reed’s third overall in the 10K in 42:17, with Neelakantan fifth in 44:21, moved him into third place in the 40-49 Grand Prix.

Nevada City’s John Darlington, who won the 60-69 age group in the Daffodil Run 10K last week, won his age group in the 5K this race, running 22:52, good for 14th overall. Darlington is now all alone in first place in the 60-69 Grand Prix.

Jenny Horton of Nevada City finished second in the 30-39 age group (15th overall), and was the third woman finisher in 22:53. She now leads the 30-39 Grand Prix.

Grass Valley’s Jill Vahidi was the fourth woman finisher in 22:57, a mere four seconds behind Horton (16th overall) and third in that very competitive age group, which had three of the top four places in the women’s race.

Vahidi’s finish moved her into a second-place tie in the 30-39 Grand Prix with Rita Clipperton, who was the third woman finisher in the 10K in 54:41, second in her age group and 20th overall.

Smartville’s Ink Mims was the fifth woman finisher and second in the 40-49 age group in 23:14 (18th overall), moving her up into second in the Grand Prix, only one point behind Nevada City’s Michelle Homan, who won that age group in the 10K in 57:28 to take over first place.

Nathan Alley of Nevada City won the 19-29 age group in 23:30 (19th overall), boosting him into second place in that age group’s Grand Prix, five points behind Badolato and one point ahead of Nevada City’s Clayton Peirce, who finished second in this age group in the 10K in 44:28 (sixth overall).

Grass Valley’s Laura Rodrigues, who won the girls’ 13-18 age group at Daffodil last week, won yet again, this time finishing 23rd overall and seventh female in 24:46. With the win, she took over sole possession of first place in the Grand Prix in her age group.

Pam Coon, from Grass Valley, moved into the lead in the 50-59 Grand Prix by winning her age group in the 5K in 28:21 (39th overall). Nevada City’s Pamela Conavay won the 19-29 age group in 29:19, moving into second in the Grand Prix, while Ashley Davies won the 9-12 age group.

Grass Valley’s Lynne Hurrell once again won the 70-and-over age group, this time in 29:10, maintaining her dominance in her age group’s Grand Prix.

Grass Valley’s Elaine Sierra won the 60-69 age group in the 5K in 32:10 to maintain a first-place tie in the Grand Prix in that age group with Penn Valley’s Mary McLean, who won their age group in the 10K in 55:04.

Mike Baker won the 70-and-over age group in 32:28, while Emerson Helimuth won the 8 and under age group in 32:30.

Erin Noonan won the women’s 10K race by more than seven and a half minutes in 46:01, good for eighth overall and first in the 30-39 age group.

Ken Gaal, who was 12th overall, won the 60-69 age group in 48:43.

Nevada City’s Carly Brush was the second woman finisher in 19th overall, running 53:35. Her 19-29 age group win put her solidly into first place in the Grand Prix.

Erin Jensen was the fifth woman finisher, running 56:52, good for second place in the 19-29 age group. Judith Lancaster won the 50-59 age group in 1:02:50.


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