Run for Your Life: Freedom Run fundraiser race a success |

Run for Your Life: Freedom Run fundraiser race a success

Freedom Run fundraiser race a success

The inaugural Freedom Run 5K race, held on the fields, trails and hills behind Nevada Union High School on July 4, was successful in raising funds for the NU cross country and track teams.

One hundred fifty nine finishers took on three major uphills and enjoyed a fast downhill and lap on the track at the end of the race on the hottest day of the year (to that point). Many participants commented on how well organized the event was, and how well marked the course was, with thanks going to Ken Newton and Gene Gilligan, respectively, for their hard work.

Andrew Primrose, after winning the Habitat 5K 11 days before, once again was the first runner across the finish, this time in 18 minutes, 14 seconds on a slow course due to the hills (and heat). He was followed by Cody Hood, second overall and in the 16-19 age group (AG) in 18:47.

Gilligan, who would know, being the coach of the boys cross country team at NU, told me after the Habitat race that he thinks Primrose was the best cross country runner to ever come out of NU.

Justin Boutte, thanks to the top two not participating in the Grand Prix (GP), finished third in the 16-19 AG and still scored ten first place points, which boosted him into a tie for first in that AG in his GP with 20 points after having run only two races. He finished fourth overall in 19:46.

His father and two sisters all won their age groups. Jeff was sixth overall and won the 40-49 AG in 20:10, while Jessica, fourth female finisher, won the 13-15 AG in 24:16 (36th) and Jaime won the 12 and under AG in 26:04 (55th). Both Jessica and Jaime are undefeated in their GPs and lead with 50 points. Jeff, having run only two races, is undefeated and has 20 points, only five points out of third place.

Larry Defeyter led the strong 30-39 AG, with five in the top 15, finishing third overall in 19:19 and remaining undefeated in his AG. The others were Dixon’s Greg Ngo, fifth in 19:54, followed by Pete Lubbers, eighth in 20:28, Sid Heaton, 13th in 21:04 and Mike Newsom, 15th in 21:36. Jeremy Swart, sixth in that AG and 20th overall, ran 22:23.

Lubbers leads the 30-30 GP with 62 points, with Defeyter moving back into second with 50, followed by Ngo with 48 and Heaton in fourth with 32.

Judy Alberts showed her strength on the uphills (I should know as she passed me going up all three hills!) and speed, winning the women’s 5K and 40-49 AG in 22:24 (21st). Amazingly, despite being undefeated in all six GP races she’s run, she remains in second in the GP to Smartville’s Inka Mims, who has run one more race and was second in the women’s 5K and in the same AG in 23:15 (26th). Kirsten Koch was fifth woman in 24:40, and third in the 40-49 AG (39th). Mims leads that GP with 61 points, Alberts has 60 and Koch is third with 46.

Auburn’s Nichole Tintle, third female and first in the 16-19 AG in 23:52 (32nd), is undefeated and leads that GP with 50 points. Laura Rodrigues, who was second to Tintle in last year’s GP competition, was second in that AG in 25:36 (seventh female, 46th).

V. Neelakantan finished second in the 40-49 AG by only six seconds, in 20:16 (7th overall), but remains comfortably in first in the GP with 57 points. Shawn Ryley was fourth in that AG in 22:04 (18th) and holds second in the GP with 48 points. Robert Warner was fifth in 22:19 (19th) and holds third place in the GP with 25 points. Jeff Langford, of Lebanon, Ohio, a non-GP runner, was third in that AG in 20:56 (11th).

Austin Violette won the 13-15 AG in 20:29 (9th overall) and is undefeated in five AG races, leading that GP with 50 points. Danny Heinz was six seconds back in 20:35, good for second in that AG and tenth overall, boosting him to fifth in the GP with 14 points. Ryan Cain, 12th overall and third in that AG in 20:59, holds fourth in the GP with 15 points.

Travis Randall finished 14th in 21:29 (fourth in the 16-19 AG).

Meadow Vista’s always impressive Zach Stoll ran away with the 12 and under AG win, finishing in 21:47 (16th). Kael Newton was second in that AG in 23:18 (27th), followed by Sam Dykstra in third in 23:30 (29th) and Sean Lubbers in fourth in 29:18 (81st).

Lubbers leads that GP with 58 points, followed closely by Newton with 56, Stoll, undefeated with 40, and Dykstra in fourth with 32 points.

Yuba City’s Mike Buzbee won the 50-59 AG in 21:57 (17th) and is undefeated in four races in AG competition. I was second in that AG in 22:31 (22nd), followed by Larry Mason, third in 23:25 (28th). I hold first in that GP with 54 points, with Mason second with 46 and Buzbee third with 40.

Jon Dorfman won the 20-29 AG in 22:59 (24th).

John Darlington won the 60-69 AG in 23:36 (30th) to break the season long tie for first in the GP with Yuba City’s Ken Gaal, who was second in that AG in 24:10 (35th). Darlington now leads, 60 points to 57. Ron Gross, fourth AG in 28:20, is third in that GP with 43 points.

Ariel Lovett was the sixth female finisher in 25:31 (45th), winning the 20-29 AG and boosting herself into second in that GP with 39 points. Cassie Barr finished second in that AG in 29:54 and moved up into fourth in that GP with 31 points.

Sue Piscatella and Carol Zebrowski were the eighth and ninth women finishers and fourth and fifth in the 40-49 AG in 25:38 (47th) and 25:45 (49th), respectively.

Therese Iknoian,10th woman finisher, won the 50-59 AG in 25:57 (51st) and is in second in that GP with 37 points, only eight out of first. Meadow Vista’s Carolyn Schroeder was second AG in 28:56 and fourth in that GP with 25 points. Pam Coon, who won this AG in the GP last year, was third AG in 30:59 and is in fifth in the GP with 24 points.

Heather Bullis, by winning the 30-39 AG in 25:59 (52nd), moved into first place in that GP with 48 points. Sara Marshall, with her second place in the 13-15 AG in 26:01, moved into third in that GP with 17 points.

The amazing Mary McLean, also finishing in 26:01, won the 60-69 AG, remaining undefeated and in first in that GP with 60 points. Elaine Sierra was second AG in 34:02 and is fourth in that GP with 27 points. Judy Whalin, third AG in 35:47, holds third in that GP with 28 points.

McKinzie GoForth, second in the 12 and under AG in 29:30 and Dori Anderson, third in 31:00, hold second and third in that GP with 38 and 35 points.

Lynne Hurrell won the 70 and over AG in 30:12 to maintain a huge lead in her AG and lead the overall top point scorers with a perfect 70 after seven races. South Lake Tahoe’s Joanne Shope was third AG in 50:16 and is second in that GP with 39 points.

Vince Alcantar won the 70 and over AG in 37:34, with Reno’s Herb Ketzler second in 39:51. Ketzler now holds a slim 34 to 32 point lead over Alcantar for second place in that GP.

Although there is no 8 and under AG in the GP this year, medals were given to the top three in that age category: Jack Devlin (30:05), Callan Warner (30:25) and Justin Alberts (34:28).

Full results and Grand Prix scores will be available online 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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