Teare First in July 4 Footrace
Alameda native Cooper Teare finished first overall at the Alameda Fourth of July Ralph Appezzato Charity Event (R.A.C.E.) 5K.
Teare, a St. Joseph Notre Dame (SJND) alum and current track-and-field athlete at University of Oregon, finished the 5-kilometer race with a time of 15:17 — time represents chip time meaning the clock started as soon as the participant crossed the start line. Teare just beat out fellow Alameda native Everett Silva who finished in second place with a time of 15:20.9. John Williams of Oakland came in third place with a time of 15:22.8. Nick Sigmon of San Leandro finished fourth overall with a time of 15:37.8. Oakland native Doug Howard rounded out the top five with a time of 15:59.1.
Alamedan Karen Eckberg was the first woman to cross the finish line with a time of 17:57.5. She finished 21st overall. Fellow Alameda native Katie Freed finished 35th overall with a time of 18:58. Ann Marie Pierce, from far-off Wilmington, N.C., finished 38th overall with a time of 19:06.3. SJND track-and-field teammates Aila Owens and Natalie Perez were the fourth and fifth women to cross the finish line. Owens finished 50th overall with a time of 19:36.7, while Perez came in 53rd place, crossing the finish line at 19:42.7.
The youngest person to complete the race was a five-year-old girl who finished in 32:43.2. An eight-year-old Alameda boy finished first in the boys’ 12-and-under division. He finished with a time of 20:09.2 and 62nd overall. An 11-year-old Alameda girl finished first in the girls’ 12-and-under division with a time of 21:33.4, which put her at 102nd place overall.
John Felts, Jr., 80, was the oldest participant to complete the race. He finished with a time of 55:55.1.
Gerald Flynn led the men’s 70-and-over division. Flynn, 70, finished in 458th place with a time of 31:02.1. Alameda native Robert Fintland, 71, finished 638th overall with a time of 35.45.3. Mike Donohoe of Castro Valley finished in 737th place. Donohoe, 74, finished with a time of 39:24.7. Dennis Evanosky, 71, was the 781st person to cross the finish line. The Alameda Sun co-publisher finished with a time of 41:54.9.
Ann Banbury finished first in the women’s 70-and-over division. The 71-year-old Alamedan finished in 676th place with a time of 36.51. Jody Keane, 73, came in 856th place with a time of 54.39.4. Elaine Farge, 71, from Alameda, finished 858th with a time of 54.39.6.
Noah Battaglia finished first in the boys’ 13- to 18-year-old division with a time of 16:07.7. The 18-year-old finished sixth overall. Alameda High School graduate Adam Elaidy finished second in the division with a time of 17:06.8. The 17-year-old finished 12th overall.
Owens and Perez finished first and second in the girls’ 13- to 18-year-old division, respectively. Alamedan Geralding Yue, 17, finished third in the division and 90th overall with a time of 21:16.6. Alameda Mary Thomas Powell, 15, finished fourth in the division and 161st overall with a time of 23:27.8.
There were 926 participants in this year’s race, which took place prior to the Fourth of July Parade.
R.A.C.E. is named for the former Alameda mayor who died in 2002.