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Run for your life: Alberts remains unbeaten

The Twin Cities Church inaugural Run for the Community 5K and 10K races, held last Saturday in Grass Valley, were deemed extremely successful by all involved.

Many positive comments were heard about how well organized these races were, especially for a first-time event, with race organizer John Fairchild giving credit to race directors Rex Calvert and Angela Ford.

The courses were well-marked, with sufficient water stations for the hot day and volunteers giving good directions (including one pointing out a potential dip hazard in one of the fields).

There were 60 finishers on a very hilly 10K course, along with another 83 runners and 45 walkers in the 5K, totaling 188 participants.

Grass Valley’s Judy Alberts won the women’s 10K by more than three minutes, in 48 minutes, 50 seconds (eighth overall), to remain the only undefeated runner in this year’s Grand Prix series. She now is in second in the 40-49 GP with 40 points to Smartville’s Inka Mims (44), who was second in the women’s 10K in 52:10 (12th) and in that age group (AG). Nevada City’s Anne King won the 40-49 AG in the 5K in 26:12.

Pete Lubbers, from Oregon House, who won the Daffodil and Spring Run 10Ks in April, won his third 10K GP race, running 44:19 on what many deemed the second toughest local race course (after the Salmon Run).

As has been the case all year, the 30-39 AG, led by Lubbers, dominated with six in the top 11 in the 10K. Dixon’s Greg Ngo was second overall in 44:45, followed by Nevada City’s Dean Garcia (fourth, 46:37), Eric Struble (seventh, 48:37) and Mike Newsom (10th, 50:17), and Penn Valley’s Jeremy Swart (11th, 51:07).

Lubbers now has a commanding lead in the GP with 47 points, with Ngo second (31). Nevada City’s Sid Heaton, with an AG victory in the 5K (21:09, third overall), moves into fourth in that GP with 22 points. Nevada City’s B.J. Lindholm, in his first race since getting married last month, finished fourth overall and second in the 30-39 AG in 21:23. Grass Valley’s Shawn Vandervolt was third 30-39 AG in 22:31 (10th overall).

Brandon Nied, of Reno High School, won the 5K in 17:57, a blazingly fast time on a slow course due to hills and terrain.

Reno’s Chris Badolato finished second in the 5K in 18:46 and remained undefeated in his 20-29 AG, leading that GP with 40 points. Oakland’s Conor Medley closed the gap in the battle for second in that AG by winning the AG in the 10K in 54:38. Grass Valley’s Brian Kelly was second AG in 56:01, leaving him with 33 points to Medley’s 27.

Five runners finished in a span of only eight seconds in the 5K, accounting for fifth through ninth places in that race.

Grass Valley’s Shawn Ryley, with a powerful finishing kick, ran 21:40 to win the 40-49 AG and remain two points behind Nevada City’s V. Neelakantan (40 to 38), who was third in the 10K in 45:19 and remains undefeated in his AG. Grass Valley’s Michael Hodgson, favoring a strained calf muscle, was second 40-49 AG in the 5K (ninth overall) in 21:48 and Paul Falvey third in 25:01 (13th overall).

Nevada City’s Denis O’Halloran was three seconds behind Ryley in 21:43 (sixth overall). He won the 50-59 AG while I took second in 21:46 (eighth) to remain in first place in the GP with 37 points. Grass Valley’s Larry Mason, third in the 50-59 AG in the 10K in 52:49 (14th), remains second in the GP with 34 points, while Grass Valley’s Ted White, second AG in the 10K in 52:40 (13th), holds third with 22 points.

Yuba City’s Mike Buzbee, who won the 50-59 AG in the 10K in 48:21 (sixth) is fourth in the 50-59 GP with 20 points. Nevada City’s Jim Primrose was third 50-59 AG in the 5K in 25:11 (14th).

Nevada City’s Kael Newton continues to impress, winning the 12 and under AG in the 5K by almost four minutes with a very strong finish in 21:45 (seventh). He is second in his GP with 39 points behind Sean Lubbers, who won that AG in the 10K in 69:44 (48 points).

The Boutte sisters, from Grass Valley, won the 13-15 and 12-and-under age groups in the 5K. Jessica was the first female finisher in the 5K, running 23:04 (11th overall) to win her AG by over five minutes, while younger sister Jamie ran 24:07 (12th) to finish second female and win her AG by over three minutes. Both are first place in their GP competitions with 30 points.

Penn Valley’s Mary McLean remains undefeated in the 60-69 AG, winning by almost five minutes in 25:26 (15th overall and third female). Her win boosted her into first place in the GP with 40 points. Nevada City’s Marion Linden, with her AG second place in the 10K in 81:13 is one point behind with 39. Grass Valley’s Elaine Sierra, who won that AG in the 10K in 78:36, is now in third in that GP with 20 points.

Truckee’s Kim Williams was fourth woman in the 5K, winning the 50-59 AG in 25:38 while remaining in second in the GP with 27 points behind Auburn’s Angie Williams, who was fourth in that AG in 27:58, but holds first in the GP with 38 points. Grass Valley’s Therese Iknoian was fifth woman in the 5K and second in the 50-59 AG in 26:08, now fourth in that GP with 17 points. Meadow Vista’s Carolyn Schroeder won that AG in the 10K in 64:13.

Nevada City’s Carly Brush, third woman in the 10K and winner of the 20-29 AG in 56:36, holds first in the GP with 43 points. Rough and Ready’s Jennifer Entz was second in that AG in the 5K in 27:26, while Nevada City’s Cassie Barr was third in 28:00. They hold second and third in the GP, with 33 and 24 points, respectively. Jennifer Maier (not in the GP) won that AG in 27:19. Ariel Lovett, also of Rough and Ready, was fifth female in the 10K and second in the 20-29 AG in 57:43.

Auburn’s Nichole Tintle was fourth female in the 10K and winner of the 16-19 AG in 57:15. She is undefeated in the GP, leading with 40 points.

Rough and Ready’s Austin Violette won the 13-15 AG in the 10K in 49:44 (ninth) and is also undefeated in his GP with 40 points. Nevada City’s Nicholas Primrose won that AG in the 5K, for the second race in a row, in 27:11, to move into third in the GP with 25 points.

Yuba City’s Ken Gaal won the 60-69 AG in the 10K in 53:22, while Nevada City’s John Darlington won that AG in the 5K in 26:02. Both are undefeated in that AG and are tied for first in the GP with 40 points.

Grass Valley’s Heather Bullis won the 30-39 AG in the 10K in 60:10 to move within one point of first in the GP with 33 points. Grass Valley’s Kate Strolle won that AG in the 5K in 31:00.

Grass Valley’s Lynne Hurrell and Santa Rosa’s Darryl Beardall remain undefeated in the 70-and-over AG with wins in the 10K in 70:20 and 60:18, respectively. They have huge leads in their GP races with 50 points. Nevada City’s Vince Alcantar won that AG in the 5K in 37:06.

Complete results and Grand Prix standings can be found online, when updated, at


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

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