Hundreds Come Out for 5K R.A.C.E.

Ed Jay &nbsp&nbsp&nbsp  More than 800 athletes from all over were at the starting line at 9 a.m. sharp on the Fourth of July to take part in the Alameda 5K Ralph Appezzato Charity Event (R.A.C.E). Even Mayor Trish Spencer competed in the annual event.

Hundreds Come Out for 5K R.A.C.E.


Cielo Aguilar won the Mayor’s Fourth of July 5K Ralph Appezzato Charity Event (RACE) last Tuesday, right before the Mayor’s Fourth of July parade.

Aguilar, 19, completed the race in 16:01. He just beat out Kyle Dunn for the victory. Dunn, 32, completed the trek in 16:06. Alameda native and St. Joseph Notre Dame (SJND)-graduate Cooper Teare rounded out the top three with a time of 16:27.

Fellow Alamedan and SJND-graduate Daniel Ratto finished fourth in the race. The 2016 high school graduate completed the distance in 16:40. Eden Fredrik, 29, came in fifth place with a time of 17:12.

Rising SJND junior Emily Perez was the first woman to complete the 5K race. Perez, 16, finished with a time of 18:19. Alameda natives took the next four spots. Corinne Roberts, 32, came in second with a time of 18:30. Connie Shieh, 29, came in with a time of 18:59. Alameda High rising junior Lauren Lum was fourth among women with a time of 19:02. Encinal High rising junior Shelby Nelson rounded out the top five women racers with a time of 19:11.

Medals were awarded to the top three men and women in the following brackets: 18 and under, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, and 60 and over.

Edward Hill, 39, won the first- place medal in the men’s 30- to 39-year-old division. He finished with a time of 17:21. Jesus Frutos, 36, was second (18:11), while Jordan Fairley, 30, was third (18:14).

Erik Neider, 40, won the men’s 40-to-49 division with a time of 19:18. Russell Gong was second (19:28) and Dirk Rauber was third (21:01).

Alamedan Carlos Gaytan, 50, led the men’s 50-59 division with a time of 19:31. Rueben Ramirez, 61, won the 60-and-over division with a time of 20:25. Alamedan Stanley Schiffman was the oldest male to complete the trek. He finished with a time of 43:35. 

Heather Hale, 40, won the women’s 40-49 division with a time of 19:41. Laurie Slez was second (25:09), while Merideth Braden was third (25:49).

Lisa Oyen, 55, won the women’s 50-59 division with a time of 21:33. Jane Watson was second (22:05) and Kathy Delaria was third (22:25).

Honor Fetherston, 62, won the 60-and-over division with a time of 22:28. Shelly Sumner came in second (23:41) and Irene Fong was third (24:22). 

Alamedan Marilyn Yingling, 79, was the oldest women to complete the race with a time of 52:37. 

Mayor Trish Spencer completed the course in a time of 36:05.

The race started in front of 1416 Park St. between Santa Clara and Central avenues. The course follows the route of the Mayor’s 4th of July Parade to the finish line at Webster Street and Haight Avenue. 

There were 828 participants in the 5K race; among them were 429 women and 399 men. 

The charity event benefits the Midway Shelter for Women and Children. Sponsors include: Alameda Community Fund, First Community Bank, Kiwanis Club of Alameda, First Congregational Church, Christ Episcopal Church, Trinity Lutheran Church, MJS Web Solutions, Ed Jay Photography, St. Joseph Notre Dame High School, Bay Area Chinese Bible Church and Lauren’s Closet.

Kristina Nelson      Encinal cross-country athlete Shelby Nelson and her coach Don Porteous pose after finishing the 5K.