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Area athletes shine in local run

By: Staff report
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More than 600 runners and walkers gathered Father’s Day, June 15, at Quarry Ponds in Granite Bay for the first Ponds to Lake 5K and 10K Walk and Run. A benefit for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and its Team In Training Program, the event was dominated by Placer County athletes – the top place finishers in each of the 52 age-award categories. Miss Teenage California, Alex Ritschard of Roseville, welcomed race participants to begin the day. She was followed by a welcome message from father Rick Barsotti, accompanied by his 12-year-old-daughter Riley, a survivor of blood cancer and part of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Lisa Powers, CEO and founder of the Ponds To Lake Walk Run, signaled the race start. “This is a very exciting day,” said Powers. “It signals the start of a great Quarry Ponds ‘healthy lifestyle’ tradition that will benefit our community for years to come.” More than 50 children participated in the kickoff race, a one-quarter mile event around the Quarry Ponds perimeter. Adult race participants enjoyed a scenic and challenging course to Folsom Lake. Top finishers in each of the overall male and female categories were dominated by Placer County area athletes. Walk and Run results: 5K results: Top male finisher: Scott Donohue, Orangevale Top female finisher: Carla Kehoe, Granite Bay 10K results: Top male finisher: Jason Hame, Folsom Top female finisher: Elise Gerstenberger, Rocklin For complete list of race results, visit http://www.capitalroadrace.com/results08.html.