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ULTRALADIES PRESENTED THE 2010 VALLEY CREST HALF MARATHON! RRCA STATE CHAMPIONSHIP RACE

JUNE 13, 2010, TARZANA, CA (GREATER LOS ANGELES AREA)

After a cool day spent prepping the race course Saturday, the temperatures warmed up for the big event on Sunday, June 13th.  As volunteers worked tirelessly commenting on the heat, runners didn’t seem to notice. Big course records were set by the men and women’s leaders; it seems that our $500 prize purse is attracting some fast runners!

Ventura running sensation Josh Spiker had a sensational day at his first Valley Crest running 1-minute 55-seconds faster than the previous course record.  Josh’s time of 1:11:52 gave him a five minute lead over second place runner Eulogio Rodriguez (1:16:58) who was followed by third place Jose Merino in 1:18:12. 

The Ladies were equally impressive with first place Mary Colburn running 1:27:51 to knock 2-minutes 30-seconds off the previous Ladies course record of 1:30:21.  Second female overall was Emily Field (1:28:14) who also broke the previous course record and became the second female to break 1:30 on the VCHM course.  Third place was Mary Jones whose time of 1:31:08 was good enough to earn her the Road Runner Club of America State Championship Master Award.

Other RRCA Champions were

Master Male:  Robert Leonardo (1:24:32)
Grand Master Male:  Ron Paquette (1:31:29)
Grand Master Female:  Judy Maguire (1:43:25)

There were some record breaking performances in the following age divisions:

NAME, DIVISION, OLD CR, NEW CR
Josh Spiker, M25-29, 1:16:32, 1:11:52
Jose Merino,M30-34, 1:19:52, 1:18:12
Emily Field, F25-29, 1:30:21, 1:28:14
Mary Colburn, F30-34, 1:32:36, 1:27:51
Mary Jones, F40-44 , 1:31:55, 1:31:08

Other performances worth mentioning are Mary Jones and Carol Montgomery who managed to out run the fastest men in their age division and seven men in the 50-54 division finished among the top 31 runners overall! Most impressive of all though is to watch Sharlene Wills, visually impaired runner, cross the finish line breaking 4-hours, with her guide runner Bill Lockton. 

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