Athletes complete annual Celebration Mile in style |

Athletes complete annual Celebration Mile in style


One year ago, Truckee residents Sandy Sydner and Denise Kowal battled for the entire distance of the Fourth of July Celebration One-Mile Run before Sydner emerged with a one second victory and a personal-best time of 5:07.

This year, with Kowal not entered in the race, Sydner had a greater margin of victory in winning her second women’s division title, but her time was slightly slower, as she finished in 5:15, seven seconds ahead of Reno’s Nicole Aberti.

“That’s why I think I was a little slower – I wasn’t pushed too much at the end,” said Sydner, 45, who set the national record for 42-year-old women at five kilometers in 1994 with the time of 17:02. “Last year, we were pushing and shoving down the stretch before I won by a noselength.”

In the men’s race, Carl Buena sped off to an early lead, covering the first half of the race in 1:57. But Buena slowed during the second half of the race, nearly getting caught by Nick Bingham in the race’s final few yards. Buena had just enough left, however, to hold on and record a winning time of 4:16, just ahead of Bingham’s 4:17.

“Carl had told me he was aiming for a sub-4 mile before the race,” said race director Peter Werbel. “He made it to the half mile at that pace but just couldn’t hold it to the finish.”

The anticipated drama in the wheelchair division fell flat as Bruce Cornell’s front tire popped just seconds before the starting gun. Riding on his front rim, Cornell gamely continued in the race but could only watch from behind as Candace Cable sped to a course-record time of 2:51. Cornell finished second in 3:11.

“There was a little headwind during the race, otherwise I think the time could have even been faster, said Cable, who maintained an average speed of 20.8 mph to achieve her time. “I have to give credit to the race officials; the organization of the race is getting better and better each year.”

Werbel agreed with Cable, saying that additional help this year had made the event run smoothly.

“From the race director’s standpoint, this was the most successful race we’ve had,” Werbel said. “In terms of timing the race, this is the most accurate it’s ever been. We had help from the Silver State Striders Running Club, a number of volunteers and several people who worked with us in the past who combined to make the event run smoothly.”

There were several other eye-opening times recorded in the one-miler, which started at Tahoe Forest Physical Therapy and ended downtown, including:

— Twelve-year-old Chris Concha recorded a 5:05 mile, winning the boys’ 9-12 age group.

— Matt DeMartini flew to a time of 4:55, winning the boys’ 13-15 age division by 1:41.

— Aberti, Jessamyn Parker and Megan Johnson all cracked the 5:30 barrier while competing in the girls’ 16-19 division.

— Joann Dunnican turned in a 8:19 time to win the women’s 50-59 division, while 73-year-old Aileen Collinson recorded a quick clocking of 11:14.

— Jerry Cullen, 86, the oldest competitor in the race, recorded a very respectable time of 12:15.

In all, more than 175 athletes competed in the 16th annual Celebration Run.

Age Division – Top Five

Boys 8-and-under

1, Brett Miller, 7:24. 2, Spencer Collinson, 7:37. 3, Nick Tennant, 8:10. 4, Reggie Collins, 8:36. 5, David Rogeres, 8:54.

Boys 9-12

1, Chris Concha, 5:05. 2, Joseph Parker, 5:46. 3, John Withol, 5:58. 4, Remy Denton, 6:32. 5, Tom Kiefman, 6:37.

Boys 13-15

1, Matt DeMartini, 4:55. 2, Curtis Erwin, 6:36. 3, Devin Kell-Snead, 6:49. 4, Todd Dakin, 6:54.

Boys 16-19

1, Nate Burnett, 4:40. 2, Carlos Loncho, 4:50. 3, Zach Hill, 5:30. 4, Jeff Marshall, 5:34. 5, Kyle Davis, 6:22.

Men 20-29

1, Carl Buena, 4:16. 2, Nick Bingham, 4:17. 3, Chris Badalaen, 4:31. 4, Bryan Bay, 4:42. 5, Wyles Efron, 5:23.

Men 30-39

1, Erick Studenicka, 4:39. 2, Om Dixon, 5:19. 3, Rick Falkenburg, 5:20. 4, Bill McGaughey, 5:46. 5, Chuck Whitecotton, 6:14.

Men 40-49

1, David Stover, 5:07. 2, Jim Sloan, 5:18. 3, Dennis Cook, 5:29. 4, Michael Sturtevant, 5:31. 5, Bill Sullivan, 5:32.

Men 50-59

1, Jim Sydner, 5:10. 2, Larry Osborne, 6:18. 3, Bill Bowman, 6:45. 4, Cliff Wingo, 7:03. 5, Geoff Nicholls, 7:08.

Men 60-69

1, Bob Stover, 8:31. 2, Jerry Cullen (86), 12:15.

Girls 8-and-under

1, Gabriella Joffe, 7:51. 2, Emily Tristman, 7:56. 3, Dominique Tristman, 8:03. 4, Michaela Reed, 9:18. 5, Helen McCurdy, 10:17.

Girls 9-12

1, Karen DeMartini, 5:41. 2, Margoux Joffe, 5:55. 3, Natalie Joffe, 6:07. 4, Lisa DeMartini, 6:10. 5, Andrea Roegiers, 7:30.

Girls 13-15

1, Audrey Snyder, 6:19. 2, Stephanie Frishman, 7:35. 3, Nicole Comeaux, 8:26. 4, Susan Richner, 10:25.

Girls 16-19

1, Nicole Aberti, 5:22. 2, Jessamyn Parker, 5:24. 3, Megan Johnson, 5:28. 4, Laura Shackelton, 5:37. 5, Adriene Allen, 6:02.

Women 20-29

1, Shelli Pepper, 7:21. 2, Jan Doherty, 7:24. 3, Annette Linser, 7:28. 4, Summer Bridges, 7:42. 5, Simone Sage, 7:43.

Women 30-39

1, Janet Westergaard, 6:19. 2, Carrie Smith, 7:19. 3, Kimberly Tennant, 7:20. 4, Sally Kleffman, 7:56. 5, Joanie Tristant, 8:07.

Women 40-49

1, Sandy Sydner, 5:15. 2, Ellen Lucas, 5:34. 3, Irene Herman, 6:20. 4, Leslie Peterson, 6:56. 5, Martha Lysle, 6:59.

Women 50-59

1, Joann Dunnican, 8:19.

Women 60-69

1, Aileen Collinson (73), 11:14.

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