The Locomotion races at Burton Chace Park featured no trains, but several other modes of transportation. People ran, bike, and rollerbladed their way across the flat course in the Marina on a sunny, pleasant Sunday morning. Whether it was the fact that this was one of four races in L.A. over the weekend, or just plain good training, TCLA'ers walked away with much hardware.
In the 5K, Jane Lieberman was the second woman overall, and first in her division, crossing the line in 19:58. With a 23:04, Julie Kriger was second in her division, and more importantly, the owner of a new p.r. Two part-time TCLA'ers, Graylin Rogers and Nicki Broyles also placed second in their divisions with 21:07 and 22:27, respectively. The only other TCLA'er in this race managed third in his division with a respectable 16:58.
The 10K was a rougher matter, but the TCLA runners negotiated well the attacking bicycles along the way. Working off her speedwork and tempo runs at Niketown, Rikako Takei won her division, and was fourth woman overall, with a 45:04. Only three seconds later, and third in her division, Shannon Whaley made an impressive debut finish at the 10K distance; one can only wonder how she would do if she decided to race. Dropping three minutes from her time two weeks ago, Peggy Sauve Enriquez ran 46:45 for first place in her division. Colin Walker was the next TCLA'er to cross the line in 49:51. Sharon Yamato, also reaping the benefits of speedwork and tempo runs, took first in her division with a 50:16. Finally, exactly one year after learning of TCLA and then coming to the track, Cindy Bernstein placed second in her division with a 51:25.
Special mention should go to a few spectators. Wenise Wong cheered the runners, and then out-elbowed several others to be the second woman to finish the 10K roller derby. Tim Peterson et fille were there for encouragement, and Claudia Prada came by on her bike once she found the park.
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