Thanks to a reprieve from the Rim fire raging near Yosemite, smoky skies cleared Saturday morning and provided ideal conditions for the 33rd annual Kirkwood 5K/10K and Kids Fun Runs.
Blue skies at Kirkwood’s 8,000-foot elevation were a welcome sight on a day that belonged to runners young and old alike, according to co-race directors Carol Nageotte and Rick Ansel.
“It was a perfect day for running,” Nageotte noted.
Two California women with impressive running resumes set the pace in the 10K Adventure Run.
Andie von Eschen, 17, of Mill Valley, Calif., blazed through the challenging mountain course in a time of 52:32. Von Eschen qualified for the California cross country state meet for Lick Wilmerding High School in 2011 and ‘12 and is now returning for her senior year.
Chloe Glare, 32, of Belmont, Calif., a former standout runner for U.C. Davis, placed second overall in 55:49. Glare was an all-conference cross country runner in 2001 and NCAA national championship 10K qualifier on the track in 2003.
South Lake Tahoe’s Jeff Williams, 34, was the third-place overall finisher in 56:37. Third-place in the women’s division with a time of 58:07 was Kristin von Eschen, 48, who was also the master’s winner. The men’s master’s winner was Jim Clark, 46, in 58:34.
Two 70-year-olds completed the mountain run, Gary Gallaher, 72, and Monte Coffman, 76.
The 5K was won by 12-year-old Cody Proctor in a time of 25:39. Second-place went to 70-year-old Duane Baker in 26:01, who was also was the first master’s division runner. Third-place went to Jason Proctor, 50 (Cody’s father) in 26:28.
Hailey Brown, 27, was the first woman to finish in 28:07. Minden’s Logan Bigley, 12, placed second in 28:26. Christine Fabi, 42,ran 28:30 to finish as the third woman and first in the master’s division.
The old guys showed up again this year. Cy Ryan, 81, was the oldest competitor in all the races. Christine Powell-Millar, 67, was the oldest female. Duane Baker, 70, and Glenn Millar, 74, ran the 5K.
Eight children participated in the two kids fun runs.
Alexander Slezak, 6, won the half-mile race in 4:46. Madeleine Walbrun, 6, was second in 4:49, while 3-year-old Kipton Walbrun crossed the finish to a cheering crowd at the finish line in 5:43.
In the one-mile event, 10-year-old Ethan Mulhair ran 9:26 to edge Caitlyn Clark, 9, by one second. Third-place went to Aaron Wiebe, 10, in 9:59.
The Kirkwood runs were sponsored by the Tahoe Mountain Milers Running Club and the Kirkwood Volunteer Fire Department. All proceeds from the races go to the Kirkwood Volunteer Fire Department.
Logan Bigley won the cross-country ski pass and Jim Clark won the full ski pass. Kirkwood Mountain Resort has donated ski passes for 33 years.
The running club’s next event is the Kokanee Trail Runs on Oct. 6 at the snow park on Taylor Creek. Choose your distance, kids fun run, 5K run/walk, 10K or half marathon.