Misplaced mile markers and the stench of raw sewage seem somewhat incongruous with a race called, "Keep L.A. Running," but that is what greeted the runners who showed up at Dockweiler Beach last Sunday.
For whatever reason, several TCLA'ers chose to follow up their race on hills at Will Rogers five days earlier with the 5K. Ed Olson ran 19:25, perhaps with sore legs from the Palisades hills. Michael Berger, however, improved his time from that prior race with a 24:07. Happily, the women all brought home hardware. Jane Lieberman might have run even faster on fresh legs, but still turned in a 20:17, making her the second woman overall and first in her division. Having volunteered at the Will Rogers race, Peggy Sauve put it on the line here and came away with a 22:15, good for third in her division. Peggy's daughter, Kim, was about 42 seconds behind mom, but placed first in her division.
In the 10K, perhaps the best performance came from Bob Mercier. When he joined the club, Bob set a goal of breaking 40 minutes for the 10K. His dedication (he was one of three attendees at last Tuesday's special holiday workout) paid off and he crossed the line in 39:14, a huge p.r. Also in the long race was Rikako Takei, another Will Rogers racer, who still managed a 44:15 for fourth in her division. And though you will not see him in the official results, Brian Panosian cruised to a 41:10 after having put in some long mileage Saturday.
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