RUNNING: Bordoni continues Freedom Run reign |

RUNNING: Bordoni continues Freedom Run reign

Jack Bordoni’s dominance at the Freedom Run 5K continued last week as the distance runner from Los Altos claimed yet another first place finish at the annual Fourth of July race held at Nevada Union High School.

Bordoni, 23, completed the 5K course, which traverses the woods near Nevada Union as well as surrounding areas in Grass Valley, in a time of 17 minutes and 33 seconds to win the men’s 5K for the third straight year and sixth time in the last seven years.

The only time since 2011 Bordoni hasn’t won the men’s Freedom Run 5K was in 2014, when he was second to Garrett Migliozzi, who finished less than a second ahead of Bordoni.

Local runner Makie Ohler, 55, won the women’s 5K, crossing the finish line in a time of 22:07. For Ohler, it’s her third victory of the season, having already won the Daffodil 10K and the Spring Run 10K.

Age group winners in the women’s 5K included: Jade Biittner (25:41) in the 10-and-under AG, Raven Biittner (26:10) in the 11-14 AG, Haley Wingard (30:39) in the 19-29 AG, Melanie Marsico (23:17) in the 30-39 AG, Kerin Hennessey (25:46) in the 40-49 AG, Ohler (22:07) in the 50-59 AG, Susan Madigan (27:36) in the 60-69 AG, and Lynne Hurrell (34:52) in the 80-99 AG.

Jade Biittner, Raven Biittner, Marsico, Madigan and Hurrell all lead their respective age groups in the Gold Country Grand Prix standings.

Over on the men’s side AG winners included: Mordecai Biagi (30:38) in the 10-and-under AG, Caydin Hennessey (22:32) in the 15-18 AG, Jack Bordoni (17:33) in the 19-29 AG, Michael Bordoni (19:11) in the 20-39 AG, Sergio Higareda (20:04) in the 40-49 AG, Jim Pritchard (24:20) in the 50-59 AG, Denis O’Halloran (21:58) in the 60-69 AG, and Drue Mathies (25:50) in the 70-79 AG.

Biagi, Higareda, Pritchard and O’Halloran all lead their respective age groups in the Gold Country Grand Prix standings.

The Freedom Run 5K marked the sixth stop on the 2017 Gold Country Grand Prix’s 10-race schedule. Next up is the Kellermann Batwa Challenge 5K/10K Aug. 26 in Nevada City. For more information about the Gold Country Grand Prix, visit

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