RUNNING: Ohler continues to impress in Gold Country Grand Prix |

RUNNING: Ohler continues to impress in Gold Country Grand Prix

Local distance runner Makie Ohler continues to shine in the Gold Country Grand Prix as she earned her sixth win of the season, placing first in the Falling Leaves women’s 10K race with a time of 42 minutes, 5 seconds. Ohler’s time was the best in both the women’s and men’s 10K races.

Ohler has been dominant in the Gold Country Grand Prix for years and this season is no different as she leads her age group (women’s 50-59) with 60 points, which is 24 points greater than the next closest competitor.

The Falling Leaves Fun Run is the seventh race on the nine-race Gold Country Grand Prix circuit and offered 5K and 10K races as well as a 3K walk and a 1-mile kids run. The race takes runners through Nevada City, starting and finishing at Deer Creek School. The event raises funds for the Nevada City Schools Foundation, which provides grant money to the Nevada City School District to support art, technology, health and wellness programs and other special student programs.

Earning the top spot in the women’s 5K race was Megan Schreck, 12, with a time of 22:25, which just edged out Jade Bittner, 10, who finished in a time of 22:29.

In the men’s 5K race, Nate Moran was the first to finish with a time of 20:59. It was Moran’s fourth win of the season and he leads his age group (men’s 40-49) with 57 points.

In the men’s 10K, Rob Taylor won with a time of 42:29. Taylor leads his age group (50-59) with 70 points.

Age group (AG) winners in the men’s 10K were Cory Norris (45:32) in the 40-49 AG, Mike Buzbee (47:29) in the 60-69 AG, and Darryl Beardall (1:37:02) in the 70-and-older AG.

In the women’s 10K AG winners were Meghan Oats (1:05:17) in the 19-29 AG, Melanie Marsico (46:53) in the 30-39 AG, Stefanie Roberts (50:23) in the 40-49 AG, and Ohler in the 50-59 AG. For Marsico, her age group win was her seventh of the season. Marsico, Roberts and Ohler all lead their respective age groups in the Grand Prix standings.

Age group winners in the women’s 5K include Lynne Hurrell (31:56) in the 80-and-older AG, Anne Green (36:47) in the 70-99 AG, Sue Madigan (25:32) in the 60-69 AG, Anne King (26:29) in the 50-59 AG, Marley Mueller (23:31) in the 40-49 AG, Vanessa Hale (28:28) in the 30-39 AG, Amanda Bratton (22:50) in the 19-29 AG, Schrek in the 11-14 AG, and Bittner in the 10-and-under AG. Madigan, Green and Hurrell all lead their respective age groups in the Grand Prix standings.

Next up for the Gold Country Grand Prix is the NEO Empire 4.2M scheduled for Oct. 22 at Empire Mine State Historic Park in Grass Valley.

To contact Sports Editor Walter Ford, call 530-477-4232 or email

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