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A total of 43 runners (35 men and 8 women) showed up on an almost perfect day to run in the 43rd Annual Arroyo Seco Freako Microthon (Charles Voge Memorial Run) on March 30th, 2017. Weather for this year's race was beautifully sunny, with race time temperature around 74 degrees. Strong competition between the top 2 racers brought out some of the fastest times (minutes/mile) that this race has ever seen.
2017 Arroyo Seco Freako start
The race was won for the second year in a row by Christopher Chatellier in a time of 19:10 (30 seconds faster than his winning time last year). Christopher was followed very, very closely by second place finisher Matthew Thill with a time of 19:11, and then by third place winner Jason Rhodes finishing almost 2 minutes later (21:04).
The first woman runner to finish, Charlotte Smetanka, came in 11th place with a time of 24:12. Last year's women's 2nd place woman Andrea Stringham was again the second fastest women racer in a time of 25:13 (a slight improvement from her time last year) for an overall finish of 15th (same as last year).
Congratulations go to out to all of the participants. The full set of race photos will hopefully be posted depending on resolving some software issues. This was a smaller turnout than we have had recently, but perhaps the late Spring Break for La Canada impacted runner's availability. We did have several close finishes (including 1st and 2nd), which made the race very exciting to watch.
It is always important to have a good crew of volunteers at the finish line, and we were lucky enough to have a great set of helpers this year. The finish crew accurately recorded finish times for all 40 participants who crossed the finish line (two runners went back on lab at the East gate with out letting us know, and one of the volunteers even tracked them down). A huge thanks to Sam Dolinar for marking the course (and un-marking the course) as well as for calling out the finishing times. Melora Larson was overall race Director and took pictures at the start and of the finishers. Helpers at the start included Ian Tan and Kathleen Harmon. The finish line helpers included Ian Tan, Kathleen Harmon, Brendan Crill, John May, and Dariush Divsalar (who took more pictures). All in all, it was a top-notch performance by a top-notch start/finish crew. Thanks!
I will let the Club know when (if?) all of the race pictures get posted.
|1||19:10||Christopher Chatellier||Overall winner|
|2||19:11||Matthew Thill||Very close second|
|9||24:05||Craig Bennett||Pulled away in the homestretch|
|10||24:06||Kyle Uckert||Could not quite keep up with Craig, but he tried.|
|11||1-F||24:12||Charlotte Smetanka||First woman finisher, and she had to double back once.|
|15||2-F||25:13||Andrea Stringham||Same place (15, 2-F) and ~time as last year|
|28||29:02||Lucien Froidevaux||same place finish as last year|
|35||1-child||34:52||Bryce Kim||Just beat his dad|
|36||34:52||Sab (Seungbum) Kim||Beat by his son|
|DNF||NA||Miles Smith||Returned to finish line|
|DNF||NA||Daisy Ramos||returned to JPL/no check in|
|DNF||NA||Cesar Romano||returned to JPL/no check in|