Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Racing Around The "World" in September With Volte

We might be stretching things just a little, but just go with Nine Volte here.

There's probably a good half dozen to 10 races in Texas that you should do before your running days are over.

One of them is the Polish Pickle Run 5K in Bremond.

For the uninitiated, that's pronounced "Bre" - as in free and Memorial Hermann Ten For Texas women's winner Bree Fontentot - mond (like in pond).

After the pandemic cancelled the 2020 version and lack of organizing interest nearly wiped this year's race, moved from the last Saturday in June, off the books, the race's numbers took a severe hit.

In 2019, just under 600 runners, including 94 in the Clydesdale and Fillie divisions, finished the race, but this year only 258 crossed the finish line.

Yet, we had our people there.

Kim White won his age group in 22:17 while Julie Stevenson was the first female Senior runner in 23:42.

Our friends got in the "winning" act too.

One of Volte's original coaches Adrienne Langelier was the women's overall winner in a time of 18:54.

The remaining three friends also earned podium spots - on their way to a weekend double of races.

Erin Gowton won her age group in 25:59 while her husband Jimmie was third in his in 29:20.  

Ken Johnson won his division in 43 minutes even.

That same day in Paris, not France, but east Texas, the Murillos were tearing up the Paris Pair Trail Run.

Juan won the 50K race in 4:42:28 while his brother Luis was first in the 25K in 1:38:39.

Their father, Jose, covered the 25K distance in 2:27:38.

Sienna, the vehicle produced by Toyota, is named for the Italian city of Siena in the Tuscany region.

And Sienna Plantation had similar roots, according to the siennatx.com website.

There it explains that "Lillian and Stella Scanlan - two of seven unmarried daughters who had inherited the substantial estate of Thomas H. Scanlan, the former Mayor of Houston from 1870-1873 -  dismantled and utilized materials from their family mansion at 1917 Main Street to build a plantation house in 1937 following a dispute with the City of Houston over the removal of a giant oak tree along the road. They named the property Sienna Plantation, for Siena in the Tuscany region of Italy and possibly because St. Catherine of Siena is the patron saint of single women." 

We had a light crew that ran well at Texas 10 Sienna on Sunday to kickoff the 2021-2022 Texas 10 Series.

In the 5K, Jane Campbell finished second in her age group in 24:07 while her son Simon, just seven years of age running in the 14-Under category, also earned a second place age group award in a time of 31:04, which was a new personal best for him.

Coach Rich Cooper was the only Volte athlete to run the five-mile race, doing so in 45:43.

Kicking it into another gear, headed for the finish, was Volte coach Rich Cooper
(Photo courtesy of Bill Dwyer)

Darren Hadden led the way in the marquee event distance - the 10-miler - with an age group winning time of 1:02:38 - just two weeks after a sterling showing at the Tunnel Light Marathon.

He was followed across the line by Jerritt Park, who won his age group with a new personal record time of 1:09:09.

A personal best kind of day for Jerritt Park.
(Photo courtesy of Bill Dwyer)

Imagine a guy who works for one car company running his fastest time in a race that's the name of a car of a competitor.  Maybe that's why he ran so fast there!

Rob Gay rounded out our team, stopping the clock in 1:19:27.

We had ten friends -- five at each of the two longer distances - run on Sunday too.

In the five-miler, Alvaro and Lusi Trejo finished in 48:18 and 52:21, respectively, while Ray and Dianna Sarno ran together in 58 minutes even.

Ray won his division while Huntsville's Ken Johnson was second in his in 1:13:21.

Mark Amann won his sixth straight Texas 10 race, his third straight Sienna 10 and eighth Texas 10 race in history -- with a winning time of 56 minutes even.

Lu Bouanga was third overall and won his age group in 58:32.

Erin and Jimmie Gowton completed their weekend double of races -- a half marathon with a 24-hour break in between -- with performances of 1:36:55 and 1:48:25, respectively.

Randy Bradley got his 10 miles done in 1:39:38.

A good sign for the Texas 10 Series, aside from the 1-mile race, which was not timed, the race had 383 finishers among the three distances, which was third among the six races (starting in 2016) in Sienna Plantation.  

The inaugural year was the largest with 539 finishers and the 2019 running, also run in September, was second with 482.

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Catching up with our younger athletes, Madi Hanyzewski and Brooke Kramer-Caamano competed for their schools in the Knox Junior High Invitational on Friday, September 10, 2021.

Madi, the daughter of Brian and Laura Hanyzewski, finished the two-mile distance in 15:14 while Kramer-Caamano, the daughter of Mayra Caamano, was just three places behind in 15:32.

Jack Tresaugue, the son of Volte friend Jill Tresaugue, was eighth in the boys' two-miler in 12:40, while Miles Delzer, the son of Ronnie and Stefanie Delzer, ran the distance in 14:55.

The Woodlands High School freshman Stoya Laydevant, who ran with us during the spring and summer at track on Tuesday nights, has gotten off to an impressive start of her high school cross country career.

After finishing 10th in the 4000 meters at Friday Night Lights on August 27 in 15:41.3, Stoya has added a pair of fourth-place overall finishes at Atascosita on September 3 and the Region III Preview meet in Huntsville on September 18 in 19:18 and 19:14.3, respectively.

In between, she recorded her fastest 5K time of 19:13.8 at the Garmin Milesplit Invitational in a very deep, competitive field.

On Saturday, September 11, 2021, Brooke Hadden, the daughter of Darren Hadden, ran the two-mile distance at the Magnolia Run The Pound Invitational in 19:50.3, bettering her season-opening time of 20:23 the week before.

And this past Saturday, Chloe Kramer-Caamano was ninth overall in the two-mile JV race at the Texas A&M High School Invitational in a personal best time of 13:23.

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Volte Was The Light At The End Of The Tunnel

The website Grammarist tells us that “a light at the end of the tunnel is an idiom that dates back at least to the 1880s.”

They go on to explain that the phrase was found in old newspapers and other publications during that time as a metaphor for hope.

Am pretty sure that journalists 140 years ago couldn’t have realized just how much hope was needed by some runners when they exited the tunnel at the Tunnel Light Marathon knowing that they still had a little over 23 miles to go.

Fake news, for sure.

For the fifth consecutive year that the race has been run (not counting 2020, of course, when the race was cancelled by the pandemic), Volte has had runners make the journey to North Bend, Washington.

Early in the race, Auggie Campbell (grey shirt), Jason Bodie (blue shirt) and Jane Campbell (to the right) hang with Volte's personal 3:40 pacer Scott Sebelsky.
(All photos courtesy of Bill Dwyer)

Laura Godfrey and Sandra Tezino were the first ones drawn to the Light in 2016 and while not everybody has been able to rub the BQ or PR out of the Tunnel Light bottle, nearly everyone has felt accomplished from having survived training in the Texas heat and humidity.

While the tally of running’s most recognizable alphabet letters is important, the positivity and camaraderie shared by this year’s group - particularly - easily formed a smile across founder Bill Dwyer’s face.

At times during the trip, Dwyer shared that he thought the heavens might open in chords of Kum-ba-ya, but God’s angels must have had choir practice elsewhere.

You couldn’t have asked for a better result to lead us than Robert King’s 2:54:10, good for second in his age group.

Here’s a guy that was split off like a broken wishbone from his brother by the Boston Athletic Association when the time needed under the qualifying standard went right between their finishing times at The Woodlands Marathon.

Robert and Roger King's sub three-hour marathon performances were so dizzying a runner's wife from Pittsburgh couldn't figure out until close to the end that it was two of them that kept passing her husband.

While even better than Optima Tax Relief’s Fresh Start Initiative, the B.A.A.’s reach out to runners who barely missed the qualifying standard, which also got to Trudy Regnier for her 2019 Tunnel Light showing, will have Robert joining Roger in Beantown in a couple of weeks.

He took eight minutes and 15 seconds off his debut marathon at The Woodlands in March – and has a 15:50 cushion under the standard for 2022.

Roger wasn’t too far behind.

Both broke Volte’s all-time marathon best at Tunnel Light set by Derek Bailey in 2017 with his 3:04:40.

He was third in his age group and broke three hours for the first time ever in 2:58:53.

Darren Hadden also slipped under the former Volte standard with a showing of 3:03:02 – not too far off his 2:59:04 at the 2011 Marine Corps Marathon.  

He, however, is nearly 17 minutes under his age group’s Boston Marathon qualifying standard and it sounded like listening to him Tuesday night at track that his wife was entering him at the first available opportunity.

One of five runners to qualify for Boston for the first time, Chris Branch – like most of the crew that traveled to Washington state – had an excellent training cycle – and it showed.

Chris Branch was either so focused or knew that he was going to rob the PR bank here at the half way point.

Chris cashed in a time of 3:10:28, slicing a little more than 15 minutes from 3:26:02 performance at the 2019 St. George Marathon in Utah.

Must be something about four-letter last names and debut marathons.

Chris Reed replicated that combination from Roger and Robert King and their efforts at The Woodlands Marathon in March to post a debut, Boston qualifying time of 3:15:08.

Gee Chris, you're supposed to be grimacing more on your debut marathon! 

He’s four minutes and 52 seconds under the Boston qualifying standard – and may have to make another go of it to get under far enough to gain entry.

The folks back home were yelling, “Run Granny Run!”

After Erika Sampson’s 3:27:44 performance, good for third in her age group, she easily could be running’s next Grandmama, reprising Larry Johnson’s role in the 1990’s sitcom, “Family Matters”.

All business for Erika until she got her Boston ticket at the finish line!

It was the former Houston Cougars’ second marathon ever – a mere one hour, 54 minutes and 10 seconds faster than the first, her first Boston Qualifier and she might have broken Boston’s qualifying standard curve with a time that is more than 22 minutes under her standard for 2022.

That fierce, determined flyer down the trail that everyone saw was Stephanie Reed.

Well, OK, Stephanie took a second to break from that fierce, determined role on her way to a sub 3:30 marathon!

She and Erika became only the third and fourth Volte female runners to break 3:30 as she shaved nearly 12 minutes off her 2020 Houston Marathon time with a showing of 3:29:28 – her first Boston Marathon qualifying time.

Jason Bodie was the second of our three debut marathoners to cross the finish line, doing so in 3:35:49.

After swearing off the marathon of her PR earlier this year, The Woodlands, where she ran a nice time of 3:53:01, Judith Albarran came into Tunnel Light still like a runner scorned.

Judith came to Washington for bear - or war with those "night goggle"-like sunglasses - and came away with a Boston qualifier - almost an hour off her first effort at Tunnel Light.

Burned by all the cancellations in 2020, she carried the fire in her belly all throughout the summer and registered a new PR at Tunnel Light for the third time here.

Four years ago, she was happy to finish Tunnel Light in 4:33:53 – a PR by 33 minutes and 39 seconds.

A year later, she lodged her first sub-4-hour marathon with a time of 3:59:11, bettering her time earlier in January at Houston where she PR’d with a 4:19:31.

So that streak of three straight PR’s begat a pair of tantalizing “just over four hour” times in 2019.

Invariably, the heartbreak of being so close twice after set the way now for another three straight PR’s starting with her 2020 Houston performance of 3:58:06, followed by The Woodlands and then her sparkling time of 3:39:20.

Even though it is just 40 seconds under Boston’s qualifying standard for 2022, Judith can now proudly call herself now a “Boston Qualifier”.

The second-best PR improvement belonged to Paolo Biagi who - with Tammy Grado, Yaya Herrera and Gabby Westbrook - is on the cusp of his debut Ironman at Ironman Texas in a little over two weeks.

Paolo is a guy here that looks like he's ready to kick Ironman Texas' ass.

Paolo ran the 2018 The Woodlands Marathon in 4:35:04 – a respectable 10-minute plus per mile pace.

But even amid Ironman training, and treating Tunnel Light like a long training run, he shaved 44 minutes and 34 seconds off that time for a sub-4-hour time of 3:50:29.

Even though in 2018’s Tunnel Light Marathon, she recorded her 21st sub-4-hour marathon in 34 finishes to that point, Michelle McGill will tell you that they’re never easy.

Michelle McGill:  Steady as she goes.  And with a Marine in close quarters.

However, she has Tunnel Light down to a schedule.

In 2017, she finished in 3:55:29.  Three years ago in 3:51:37 and this year, like clockwork, a time of 3:52:41.

Our third and final debut marathoner was Auggie Campbell, who posted a nice sub-10-minute per mile pace time of 4:14:21.

His wife, Jane, didn’t have her best day, but was able to finish ahead of Auggie – just so she could be the first to greet him at the finish line.

Tammy Grado ran here in 2017 and 2018.

Both times, she BQ’d.

The name on the bib says it all for Tammy Grado.

But 2021 was more about three other letters – and taking it as a very easy long training run in her preparation for her debut Ironman in less than three weeks.

Still as elegant crossing the finish line as in years past, Tammy stopped the clock in 4:17:34.

Three years ago, Layton Gill had the race of his life – to date – at Tunnel Light as he broke four hours for the first time in 3:59:14.

You couldn't see the internal smile that Layton had after LSU had defeated McNeese State the night before!

Times change, though, and not just what’s on the finish line clock.

Gill has continued to develop his coaching acumen to add to Volte’s dearth of knowledge led by Dwyer and longtime former Woodlands Fit director Rich Cooper.

With a family that includes wildly busy kids, sometimes things must give.

And in 2021, as Volte’s good friend Rick Cook is always apt to say, “It wasn’t the time you wanted, but you finished.”  

We’re certain Gill can attest to that sentiment as he finished in 4:26:03.

His worth to Volte is far more important than what’s on the clock at some finish line in Washington state.

66 times a Volte athlete has now crossed a Tunnel Light Marathon finish line.

And Sunshine is on the horizon for 2022 already.

Mike Csikos has already committed for next year.  Will he be the 67th finisher or will somebody go and beat Mike – politely, of course – to the finish.

Time, and training, will tell.

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Volte Races Into September

How was your weekend?

We had some of our folks – as well as some of our friends - racing Saturday as the fall schedule begins to get into full swing.

Not that we had any doubt, but we confirmed our trail runners could make it happen on the roads as well.

This weekend – and two weekends ago.

Three fourths of the Running Murillos grabbed an age group award on Sunday, September 5 at the third annual Bayou Bucket 5K, which starts outside of and finishes on the 50-yard line of Rice Stadium.

Luis was first overall in 16:58, while Juan took second in his age group in 20:53 and their father Jose won his in 25:09.

Volte friend Dr. John Slate of The Woodlands won his age group in the 10K in 53:35.

That same morning, Volte friend Alejandro Bedoya snared second place in his division at the Katy Triathlon at Cane Island.

He completed the 500-meter swim, 13-mile bike and 3-mile run in 1:15:51.

Fast forward to this Saturday and the Murillos – all four of them this time – dragged Ramon Rosales in on the fun at the Houston Heights 5K.

Pushed from its early June date because the city had not yet started to grant permits, the race featured Luis finishing second overall in a time of 16:44.

Ramon was third overall in 17:18.

Gus was just five seconds behind in 17:23 to win his age group.

Juan finished in 19:56 while Jose ran the out-and-back course in 26:05.

Volte had a good group at the Memorial Hermann Ten For Texas out at North Shore Park in addition to a great group of friends to our athletes.

It was great to see Alfredo Gonzalez finishing the Armadillo 3.1 in 45:20.

Kim White led our team of seven with a mark of 1:24:31 as he took second in his age group.

Mimi Torrez and Susan Rouse rounded out Volte’s hardware with a third and a second-place age group finish, respectively.

Susan's been racing around the greater Houston area since the original version
of Ten For Texas as she's a 36-year Chevron Houston Marathon veteran.
(Photo courtesy of Bill Dwyer)

Mimi completed her race in 1:30:50 while Susan was not far behind in 1:37:58.

Michael Gayle stopped the clock in 1:38:58, while three ladies rounded out of runners in the event.

Krystal Salinas finished in 2:02:42, Sherry Cameron did so in 2:03:44 and Brittany Haddad got it done in 2:25:41.

Krystal is saying that she's got Ten For Texas under control.
(Photo courtesy of Bill Dwyer)

Sporting some of Volte's newest gear is Sherry Cameron.
(Photo courtesy of Bill Dwyer)

Our friends also did well.

Mark Amann was second overall in 57 minutes flat while Rip Reynolds took home a first-place age group award after throwing down a time of 1:08:12.

Reggie Bruhn found his way to the finish in 1:36:05.

A couple of Woodlands Fit regulars Randy Bradley and Mariela Rodriguez ended their races in 1:45:47 and 1:56:08, respectively, while Vincent Attanucci snuck in under two hours in 1:57:47.

Our youngsters who have been competing in cross country fared as follows in the Grand Oaks Middle School Invitational on Friday, September 3.

Brayden Park, the son of Volte athletes Jerritt and Kristi Park, were third overall in the 8th grade two-mile race in 12:03.1, while Brooke Kramer-Caamano, the daughter of Mayra Caamano, was 14th overall in the girls' race of the same distance in 15:59.7.

The son of Volte friend Jill Tresaugue, Jack, won the eighth grade race in 11:55.7.

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Volte Puts Together Great Holiday to Holiday Run

With the bulk of our group training through the summer for September’s Tunnel Light Marathon and racing still not having returned to its pre-pandemic levels, our update is – holiday to holiday!

(Post) Fourth of July to Labor Day.  

Long-time Volte member Dana Formon got things started on the next to last Saturday in July at the Tri Boulder Olympic Triathlon in Colorado.

She finished the 1,500-meter swim, 26.4-mile bike and 6.2-mile run course in 3:14:42 – all at 5,328 feet above sea level.

The next day, minus all that elevation, Volte friends Meredith Moss and Alejandro Bedoya competed in the Cypress Sprint Triathlon closer to home.

Meredith was third in her age group with a time of 1:15:26 through and on the 55-meter swim, 13-mile bike and 5-kilometer run course.  

Bedoya was not too far behind in 1:17:49.

After The Woodlands Running Club Sunday Night 5K got things rolling on Sunday, August 1, the rest of the month was pretty epic.

Always a great show of Volte runners at the monthly TWRC Sunday Night 5K
(Photo courtesy of Bill Dwyer)

Jerritt Park outpaced Rob Gay to win the race by more than a minute.  

Jerritt knocked down a time of 22:10, while Rob followed in 23:32.

Volte friends Curtis Barton and Edson Jones found their way to the finish next in 26:40 and 28:33, respectively.

Jane Campbell ran with her son Simon to a 37:56 finish while Layton Gill and his son Carson gave the Seven Hills Running Club’s Ken Johnson a target the whole way, stopping the clock in 45 minutes even while Ken was three minutes behind in 48:17.

Epic Part 1 came from Ramon Rosales, Jr., who rolled off a pair of 60Ks on back-to-back days on Saturday and Sunday, August 7-8 at Capt’ n Karl’s Colorado Bend and Muleshoe Bend.

Both events, produced by Tejas Trails, as part of their COVID-19 protocols, allowed runners to cover the courses at various times.

Ramon ran the Colorado Bend course in 7:28:16, good for fourth overall and first in his age group.

The following day, he recorded the best time on the course in Spicewood in 5:08:22.

Saturday, August 14 had some awesomeness and some epic.

You decide which was which!

Junior Chloe Kramer-Caamano, the daughter of our Mayra Caamano, competed for her high school in the Cypress (Bridgeland) XC Relay, which featured a pair of teammates running a total of four miles but alternating a mile at a time.

Kramer-Caamano and her teammate finished 40th of 71 teams in the Varsity D1 division – in 26:00.6 for four miles - with Chloe clocking miles of 6:27 and 6:49.

Kim White and Julie Stevenson won their age groups at the Southern Star Brewing 5K in Conroe that was nearly at its pre-pandemic finisher levels (within 80% of their previous highs).

Kim posted a division-winning time of 23:26 while Julie grabbed hers in a time of 25:03.

Volte friends represented too.  

Mark Amann won the overall title in 17:28.  Dr. John Slate and Scott Haney kept it close with marks of 26:52 and 27:30, respectively.  

Randy Bradley we’re sure was smiling, keeping it under 30 minutes with a time of 29:34 and Ken Johnson was third in his age group in 47:24.

In Medora, North Dakota, population 134, Holly Benson ran her tenth career marathon and checked off another state by doing so.

Holly representing the Lone Star state in North Dakota for the Badlands Trail Marathon
(Photo courtesy of Holly Benson)

She ran the Badlands Trail Marathon, produced by Eagle Endurance, who she called a “great group”, in 7:23:31, good to be the second overall female finisher.

Medora sits at 2,267 feet above sea level and the course traversed through the Little Missouri National Grassland and on the famous Maah Daah Hey Trail.

The trail is noted to be the longest and most grueling single-track mountain biking route in the United States.

Probably why Holly said that it was all “mountainous to this Texas girl,” as she covered 2,391 feet of elevation gain, but exclaimed that it was beautiful, yet hot.

Speaking of hot, they don’t call it the Habanero Hundred Trail Run for nothing.

So hot, they start it all at 12 noon.

However, we’re inclined to think that the heat doesn’t bother the Murillo family too much.

In the 10K, Gus outran Luis to the finish line to take first place overall in 44:59.  Luis came along in 47:03.

Bonnie Scholz interrupted the Murillo train to take second overall women in the 20K in 2:31:52.

Juan Murillo ran the 50K in 7:15:07.

And something you rarely see, a 70-year-old man – specifically, Jose Murillo – completing a 100-miler to obviously take first in his age group in 28 hours, 13 minutes and 52 seconds.

Mimi Torrez covered 60K – 37.2 miles – of the 100K race distance.

Volte friend Erika Park almost didn’t go to Manitou Springs, Colorado to compete in the Pikes Peak Marathon on Sunday, August 22.

Logistics for a while were the biggest challenge in being able to be sure that she was able to get back for two of her daughter’s first days of school, including her second oldest’s “last first day” as she’s a senior.

Travel karma worked out and Erika did the work for a 7:19:22 finish, including 3:55:08 on the ascent and 3:24:13 on the descent.

The race encompasses a 7,800 foot vertical climb, taking runners from Manitou Springs, Colorado, along the Barr Trail to the summit of Pikes Peak at 14,115 feet, and back down.

She had done the Ascent in 2013, doing so in 4:11:42; therefore, she was thrilled – without a goal of defeating that time – of being able to lower her time on the up portion of the course.

Some of our Volte and friends of Volte youngsters competed in the Friday Night Lights cross country meet hosted by The Woodlands High School girls cross country booster club on Friday, August 27.

In the eighth-grade boys race, Jack Tresaugue, the daughter of Volte friend Jill, won the mile and a half race in 8:44.2.

Our Brayden Park, the son of Jerritt and Kristi Park, was 10th overall in 9:17.5.

Miles Delzer, the son of Volte friends Ronnie and Stefanie Delzer, ran the race in 12:03.8.

The eighth-grade girls race saw Madi Hanyzewski, the daughter of our Brian and Laura Hanyzewski, run the 1.5 mile distance in 11:22.7 followed by Brooke Kramer-Caamano, in her first cross country meet and the daughter of our Mayra Caamano, with a time of 11:43.6.

Luke Tresaugue was fifth in the Varsity Boys Open race in 8:40.2 over a mile and a half.

Saturday, August 28 was yet another busy day for our racers.

Brooke’s older sister, Chloe, ran a two-mile race against fellow juniors in the Kingwood Classmate Challenge.  

Her team was second behind Humble Kingwood and she ran her two miles in 13:25.86 – good for 17th of 78 runners.

Dana Forman added another Olympic distance triathlon – the Boulder Sunset Triathlon – to her athletic resume and shaved almost five minutes from her time two weeks earlier.

She took control of the 1,500-meter swim, 24.4-mile bike and 6.2-mile run course in 3:09:54.

Earlier that morning, Ramon Rosales, Jr. ran the tough Capt’n Karl’s Reveille Peak Ranch 60K in Burnet and finished second overall in 6:40:24 – in an actual race.

The Murillo family rested up and was back at it at the Night Moves Trail Run in San Felipe.

Luis won the 5K in 19:44.  Gus won the 10K in 41:31, while Juan and father Jose won their age groups in 48:07 and 1:00:24, respectively.

Bonnie Scholz and her sister Michele Frugia before the headlamps went on.
(Photo courtesy of Run In Texas)

Bonnie Scholz and her sister Michele Fregia Hogan ran the El Chupacabra de Houston Night Trail Run 10K in Lake Houston Wilderness Park in New Caney.

Bonnie was first in her age group in 58:07, while Michele completed the course in 1:15:00.

And finally, Sunday, September 5 brought us to another The Woodlands Running Club Sunday Night 5K which was featured by Ken Johnson running his 1,200th race and his 699th 5K – and doing so in 46:38.

Jerritt Park once again led the way in 22:52.

Christopher Branch, Todd Hunter and Judith Albarran all ran together while some slight separations at the finish.  Chris and Todd were two seconds apart in 27:57 and 27:59, while Judith Albarran followed in 28:13.

Steven Sfier and Tim Russell finished together in 31:57.