Northstar fun run attracts many racers
Northstar-at-Tahoe’s 18th annual 5K/10K Fun Run drew more than 200 participants Saturday, July 29.
“A ton of people came out,” said Northstar’s communications manager Erin Ball. “It really has become one of those things that people who live here like to do.”
While the event drew a strong Tahoe-Truckee contingent, participants arrived from from all corners of the nation for the 18th annual mountain run.
Jori Boranja, who arrived with her family from Glendale, Ariz., said she registered for the event online.
“I didn’t race because I have a ten-week-old baby… but my nephew Nicholas Ventura raced in the 5K as a 13-year-old,” she said. “We were on the Internet and saw the advertisement, and decided it looked fun.”
Christine Allen, a web designer for Northstar, said she has seen increasing public interest in the event during the last year. She also felt the number of online registrants was a strong reflection of the event’s popularity.
“I was really impressed with the turnout,” said Guy Bryant, a homeowner near Northstar.
“I’ve done a lot of races before, but racing at Northstar is infinitely different than racing at sea level. There were a lot of ups and downs and with a race at roughly 6,000 feet, the toughest part may just be to breathe.”
Bryant finished fifth in the 5K in the men’s age 50-59 division with a time of 25 minutes, 47.1 seconds.
Bryant added that he felt the event was friendly and relaxed. “I don’t think anybody does these things to race. I think they do it just to do it,” he said.
Margaret and Glenn Liberatore celebrated their 28th wedding anniversary by competing in Northstar’s 5K run.
“It’s so pretty up there it was hard to resist,” Margaret said. She and her husband registered the day of the race after seeing an advertisement in town.
Both Glenn and Margaret felt fortunate to have high-altitude training before entering the 5K run.
“This was a tough course,” Glenn admitted. “It’s probably the hardest 5K run I’ve done in awhile.”
Glenn finished third in the 5K run in the men’s age 40-49 division with a time 18:07.3. Margaret finished third in the women’s division age 40-49 with a time of 24:52.1.
Following the run, the Liberatores went rafting down Truckee River to relax.
The event registration fee was $14, which entitled each participant to a T-shirt and refreshments.
Runners were divided into eight race categories based on age and gender. Prizes were awarded to the winners in each category.
For a list of the top three finishers in each category, please see The Score at left.
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