Mayor’s R.A.C.E. Brings Out a Thousand Runners

Ed Jay    John Williams, 27, was the overall winner at this year’s Mayor’s Fourth of July 5K R.A.C.E. celebrating former Alameda Mayor Ralph Appezzato.

John Williams won the Alameda Mayor’s Fourth of July 5K R.A.C.E. Wednesday, July 4 in Alameda. R.A.C.E. stands for Ralph Appezzato Charity Event.

The 27-year-old completed the race in 15:27. He was the first of 1,016 participants to cross the finish line. Paul Balmer crossed the finish line four seconds later at 15:31. Crosby Freeman came in third with a time of 15:41. Doug Howard finished fourth with a time of 15:47, while Brian Gillis rounded out the top five with a time of 15:52. The only other competitor to finish under 16 minutes was Sam Robinson at 15:55.

Jessie Stewart was the first woman to cross the finish line and 26th overall. Stewart finished with a time of 18:05. On her tail was Jazqueline Sloves who finished right behind Stewart at 18:07. The next three women to cross the finish line were high school students. Last year Emily Perez was the first woman to cross the finish line. This year Perez, a rising senior on the St. Joseph Notre Dame cross-country and track-and-field teams, finished third with a time of 18:28. Lauren Lum matched her fourth-place finish among women last year with another fourth-place finish this year. Lum, a rising senior on the Alameda High cross-country and track-and-field teams, crossed the finish line with a time of 18:37. Eleanor Wikstrom, a rising junior at Skyline High of Oakland, rounded out the top-five fastest female runners with a time of 18:45. 

Alameda High graduate Ethan West was the fastest teenager to finish the race. The 18-year-old placed 12th with a time of 17:23. He was a few ticks ahead of his former Hornet track-and-field teammate Adam Elaidy. The rising senior finished 13th overall with a time of 17:26. 

Mayor Trish Spencer participated in the event. She finished the race with a time of 32:32.
Stewart was first among women age 30 to 39. Corinne Roberts, 33, was second with a time of 19:26, while Katie Freed, 35, was third with a time of 19:29.

Phoebe Grow, 41, was first among women age 40 to 49. Grow completed the trek in 23:12. Brianna McDonald, 40, came in second with a time of 23:47, while Veronica Miramontes, 41, finished with a time of 25:32 for third place.

Dorothy Thompson, 62, completed the race in 27:56 to finish first among women age 60 to 69. Ruby Gama, 65, came in second with a time of 27:57 for second place, while Sandy Keh, 61, finished third in 28:01.

Jean-Paul Lacount, 41, won the division for men age 40 to 49 with a time of 17:57. Kevin Prinaville, 41, was second with a time of 18:04. Erik Neider, 41, finished third in 18:54. 

John West, 56, finished first among men age 50 to 59 with a time of 19:54. Steven Perham came in second with a time of 19:57. Thornton Weiler, 53, came in third with a time of 20:11.

Gary Macphearson, 72, finished first among men age 70 to 99 with a time of 31:28. Robert Fintland, 70, crossed the finish line in 32:20 for second place, while Mike Donohoe, 73, finished third with a time of 39:09.

The race took place before the actual Fourth of July Parade. It took the same route as the parade. It began at 9 a.m., started down Park Street and turned right on Otis Drive. Participants made another right on Grand Street and a left on Encinal Avenue. They continued on Central Avenue before making another right onto Webster Street before the finish line just before Lincoln Avenue. 

To view the complete list of participant times, visit www.results.rmraces.live/RACE/events/2018/Alameda-Mayors-4th-of-July-Rac....

 

Ed Jay    More than a thousand people participated in the Mayor’s Fourth of July 5K R.A.C.E. last Wednesday. The participant total was almost 200 more people than last year’s race that saw 828 participate. The event is in its 16th year.