Western States 100by the numbers
Of the 352 runners who towed the line at 5 a.m., June 25, at the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run in Squaw Valley, 280 finished for a 79 percent completion rate. Another 69 dropped for a 19 percent DNF (did not finish) rate, while 28 or 7 percent DNS'd (did not start).
That's better than last year when 371 started but only 254 finished the 100.s-mile ultra-marathon for a 68.5 percent finish rate.
Last year Rob Krar came close to breaking the course record set by Timothy Olsen in 2012 of 14:46:44. Krar ran a 14:48:59.
This year's winner, 20-year-old Andrew Miller of Corvallis, Ore., ran 15:39:3. Female winner this year was 29-year-old Kaci Lickteig of Omaha, Neb. She ran 17:57:59. Ellie Greenwood holds the women's record of 16: 47:19 also set in 2012.
Former Riverbank High phenom German Fernandez wants Olympic qualifying 10K time
6.German Fernandez has been flying under the radar for much of the time since he graduated from Oklahoma State University in 2012.
A member of Nike's Bowerman Track Club in Oregon, Fernandez initially had focused on the 1,500 and 5,000 meters.
At the Stanford Invitational, April 1, he made his debut in the 10,000 meters, or 10K, on the track.
Fernandez ran 28:06, coming in fifth. He narrowly missed the Olympic A qualifying standard of 28 minutes flat. The U.S. Olympic trials qualifying standard is 28:15. The top three athletes from the Olympic Qualifying Trials, July 1-10, in Eugene, Ore., and who have also met the qualifying standard will represent the United States this summer in Rio.
Even if a runner finishes in the top three positions but hasn't achieved the Olympic standard, he or she will not be allowed to go to the Rio Olympics in August.
Bakersfield latest city to host a marathon
Bakersfield becomes the latest Central Valley city to host a marathon and joins Fresno and Modesto.
The inaugural Bakersfield Marathon and Half-Marathon, scheduled for Nov. 13, will start and finish at the California State University, Bakersfield campus. Also planned are a two-person half-marathon relay and 5K.
The event co-founder is the non-profit Active Bakersfield Alliance. USATF-certified courses will run through historic city neighbors, though the CSUB campus, along Panorama Bluffs and on the Kern River Parkway. Health and fitness expo planned for Nov. 12.
For more information, visit Run Bakersfield.
The erco Credit Union Merced Half-Marathon and 5K, which for the past few years had been held in sweltering June, moves to the more temperate October this year.
The event will be held Oct. 16, beginning at 7:30 a.m.
The course starts and finishes on the UC Merced campus. For more information, visit www.runningmerced.com.
Fleet Feet Modesto schedules weekly runs
Beginning Jan. 7, Fleet Feet Modesto will be holding weekly runs of 3 or 5 miles every Thursday, beginning at 5:30 p.m. from its store at 1427 Standiford. The store is in the Western-themed shopping center just west of Tully Road.
The runs will either go along the nearby canal or along the Virginia Corridor.
Check Fleet Feet's website regularly because many of the weekly events will be tied to a vendor, who will have shoes to try out on the runs.
Fleet Feet Modesto also is offering group training for the Modesto Marathon in late March.
Fleet Feet Stockton, located in the Lincoln Center, will continue to host its Tuesday evening run beginning at 5:30 p.m.