Plenty of impressive times at this year’s Classic |

Plenty of impressive times at this year’s Classic

Sunday morning’s third running of the Draft Horse Classic 5 and 10K races were won by comfortable margins.

Despite the abnormally cold weather, in the 40s at race time, and impending rain, there were 87 finishers in the 5K and 50 in the 10K. Race Director Ed Sylvester noted that they “dodged a bullet” as the rains came about an hour after the event was over.

Carole Judd organized the kids’ race, which had a turnout of 55 younger runners, setting a record high for this race.

Nevada City’s Larry Defeyter, who has consistently been in the top five in local races over the last few years, finally earned his first victory, cruising to the 5K finish line in 20 minutes, 30 seconds, which was 44 seconds ahead of second-place finisher Chris Mahurin of Grass Valley (21:14). Not far behind in third overall, and third in the 30-39 age group, was another regular local race top finisher, Nevada City’s B.J. Lindholm, in 21:14.

Last year this race, known then as the Clydesdale Classic, was not run due to insurance issues.

The year before, 2002, Defeyter finished fifth overall in 20:16. Since then, he finished second in Nevada City’s Run Through the Colors 5K in 2003 and then third at the Penn Valley Daffodil Run 5K earlier this year.

After being close to the front a number of races, Defeyter finally crossed the finish line in first place on Sunday.

Chris Mahurin, after finishing sixth in the Daffodil Run 5K this year, moved up to second place with a strong effort and faster time on a much hillier course.

B.J. Lindholm, after finishing in the top five in the Gold Country 5K in each of the last few years, and second at Nevada City’s Spring Run 5K this year, ran his fastest time locally this year for third place, moving up from eighth place in this race in 2002.

Another notable performance was turned in by Nevada City’s Al Shook. He traveled to run the Chevy’s Fresh Mex 5K in Sacramento on Saturday, winning the 60-64 age group on a moderately hilly course by over seven minutes in 22:09, and then the next day won the 60-69 age group at the Draft Horse Classic by more than eight minutes, in 23:12 on a very hilly course. Shook also finished in the top 10 overall, taking 8th place.

Nevada City’s John Darlington also ran the Chevy’s 5K and won the 55-59 age group by almost five minutes, in 21:43, despite being only months away from turning 60. I also ran the Chevy’s 5K, taking third place in the 45-49 age group in 20:45.

The women’s 5K was more closely contested with Alexis Horlick winning in 26:39 (and winning the 19-29 age group), followed by 12-and-under age group winner Sara Marshall in 26:52. Barb Frank was third in 27:44, winning the 40-49 age group.

Other performances of note included Grass Valley’s Nicholas Truslow in fifth place overall with a time of 23:03, which won the 13-18 age group. Jon Root, from Penn Valley, finished in the same time, winning the 50-59 age group, good for sixth overall.

Grass Valley’s Mick Janeway was a nine seconds back in seventh place (23:12), earning him second in the 50-59 age group, with Al Shook at the same time in eighth overall. Nevada City’s Drue Mathies, who was fifth overall at the Nevada City Spring Run 5K earlier this year, ran 24 seconds faster (23:20) and finished ninth overall, good enough for third in the 50-59 age group.

Thomas McAtee, from Grass Valley, won the 12 and under age group in 24:39, which earned him 11th overall. Nevada City’s Joel Wandro followed in 12th in 24:49, which won the 19-29 age group.

Nevada City’s David Heppe won the 40-49 age group in 28:55, finishing in the same time as Madison Heppe, who won the 70-and-over men’s race.

Maria Wirtz won the 30-39 age group in 29:49, with Jennifer Rousseve winning the 50-59 age group in 32:04. Nevada City’s own Gayle Lossman won the 60-69 age group in 36:09.

In the 10K race, Grass Valley’s Chuck Ross ran a fast time for this hilly course, finishing in 37:49 and winning the 30-39 age group. Nevada City’s Dan King, who finished second in the Gold Country half marathon in June this year, took second in the 10K in 38:44 and won the 40-49 age group. Penn Valley’s Brian Dell also recorded third in 39:55, while winning the 13-18 age group. Nevada City’s Martin Engel was not far behind, finishing fourth in 40:12, good for second in the 40-49 age group.

The next three runners came in shortly after, with Jesse Franchi fifth in 40:26 (first 19-29), Auburn’s Bill Capinski sixth in 40:30 (second in the 30-39 age group) and Grass Valley’s Robert Marrer seventh in 40:45, which won the 50-59 age group.

Shana Brown, from Colfax, finishing eighth overall, won the women’s 10K race and the 30-39 age group in 41:38. Sondra Olson took second place and won the 50-59 age group in 42:09, with Grass Valley’s Rose Asquith third in 44:26, which won the 40-49 age group. Penn Valley’s Lori Nelson was not far behind in fourth place in 44:49, good for second in the 40-49 age group.

Other notable finishers included Nevada City’s Tom Anderson, who ran 41:38 for ninth overall and second in the 50-59 age group and Grass Valley’s Gary Pierson, who was 11th overall and third in the 50-59 age group in 42:44.

Penn Valley’s Ken Soenen won the 60-69 age group in 47:38, good for 22nd overall, while Nevada City’s Mary McLean won the women’s 60-69 age group in 49:30 (29th overall).

Lynne Hurrell, from Grass Valley, won the women’s 70 and over age group in 56:15, with Nevada City’s Frank Quinn winning the same age group for men in 1:05:00.


Steve Bond is a competitive runner who writes columns and feature stories on running for The Union.

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