HOT Times for the 37th ARROYO SECO FREAKO

A stellar crowd of 47 runners from JPL and Caltech braved the heat to run in the 37th annual Arroyo Seco Freako 3.4 mile race on April Fool's Day 2011. Starting at high noon and accompanied by Rich Benson's duck call, the group of engineers, scientists and other n'er-do-wells raced around Hahamongna Park counterclockwise. The weather was the largest challenge as it edged over 90 with strong sunshine (see the graph below). As has been true recently, the east side of the Arroyo had its obstacles. This year a large water pipeacross the road created a low hurdle for all the runners. Several runners from last year had significant drops in their times (1 to 2 minutes), but there were also several others that had significantly slower times than last year, most likely do to the very hot conditions.

The Phil Willens dropped over a minute from his finish time last year to win the race in a time of 20:45. Jason Rhodes was second in a time of 21:55 followed closely by Jon Stinzel at 22:07. Susan Owen was the tenth finisher overall, and the winner of the women's category. She had a great time of 25:59.

ASF11 winners

Many thanks to all who ran iall of the volunteers. Special thanks go to race volunteers Sam Dolinar (who kept the time), Kelly Perry (who wrote down and kept track of the times), photographer Amiee Quon who took shots at the dam and at the finish, old timers Len Efron and Louis Friedman (who both took pictures), Paul Stella who handed out cards to the fnishers and Anne Vyhnalek who picked up the filled in finish cards from the runners.

Thanks everyone, from the race director Melora Larson.

Full pictures of the race now posted (Start, Devils Gate Dam, Finish). Even though only one photo is linked to each name, each person has several pictures in the galleries. Please take a look.

Place

Name

Time

1

Phil Willens

20:45

2

Jason Rhodes

21:55

3

Jon Stinzel

22:07

4

Marko Hakamaa

23:12

5

Caz Scislowicz

23:48

6

Aidan Brooks

24:35

7

Reg Willson

24:57

8

Steve Broschart

24:58

9

Mark Schwochert

25:28

10 (1*)

Susan Owen

25:59

11

Luke Dahl

26:02

12

Steve Vass

26:16

13

David Campbell

26:39

14

Brian Custodero

26:48

15

Malcolm Wright

27:10

16

Jay Parker

27:29

17

Charlie Avis

27:48

18

Frank Picha

27:56

19

Tushar Thrivikraman

27:59

20

Feiming Morgan

28:02

21

Shruthi Aradhya

29:10

22

Michael Dinicola

29:11

23

David Bates

29:15

24

Bret Naylor

29:29

25

Michael Mischna

29:35

26

Steve Unwin

30:59

27

Kai Chang

31:12

28

Joseph Catanzarite

31:27

29 Patrick Sanchez 32:47
30 David Hansen 33:09
31 Dan Belter 33:13
32 Joe Estes 36:59
33 John Davidson 37:36
34 Bob Thurstans 38:00
35 Brian Bachman 38:06
36 Abhijit (Abi) Biswas 38:22
37 Lars Chapsky 38:47
38 Padma Varanasi 39:00+
39 Shawn Mitchell 41:01
40 Kiwamu Izumi 41:03
41 Bruce Bills 41:33
42 John Luvalle 42:33
43 Jerry Shen 42:58
44 Linh Tran 43:02
45 Audra Kudirka 43:22
46 Rich Benson** 51:16
47 Kenji Aoki ** 59:04

* Women's WINNER

+ Time aproximate.

**note that Rich ran further than most others since he did try to cross the wash but had to go back to the regular path do to high water. Kenji stopped during the run to pull an April Fools prank.