In a duel of past winners, Christian Hesch of Morro Bay outsprinted Sergio Reyes of Los Osos to capture the men’s 5-kilometer title at the 15th annual Keep L.A. Running charity race at Dockweiler State Beach in Playa del Rey Sunday, July 13th.
Keep L.A. Running aims to raise money for a variety of charities, including those that benefit children with cancer and prematurely born babies. The event included a 5K run/walk, 10K run, “kids’ dash,” 10K and 20K coastal bike cruises and a “mayor’s mile.”
More than 1,500 participants competed in the 5K and 10K runs and walks and the coastal bike ride. The event raised more than $150,000 for its charities — the Pediatric Oncology Ward at County USC Women and Children’s Hospital; the Harbor UCLA Medical Center Neonatal Ward; the American Cancer Society; and the L.A. County/SEIU Local 721 Emergency Relief Fund, event spokesman Don Franken said.
Hesch, who won the 5K in 2005, finished in a course-record 14 minutes, 29 seconds — 41 seconds faster than Bryan Dameworth ran in 2000. Reyes, who won in 2004, was four seconds behind Hesch, and Derek Tate of Hollywood was third in the fastest-ever 5K race at Dockweiler Beach.
In the women’s 5K, Tove Berg won comfortably in 17 minutes, 40 seconds, followed by twin sisters Sabrina Lopez (18:31) and Regina Lopez (18:53), both of Alhambra.
Fifteen minutes after completing the 5K, Reyes competed in the 10K race, leading from start to finish and winning in a course record 29 minutes, 38 seconds — 28 seconds ahead of Brian Livingstone of Los Angeles. Hesch also completed the unusual double, finishing third in the 10K in 31:23.
Daniela Alonso of Los Angeles finished first in the women’s 10K in 35:43, followed by Emily Mitchell of Hermosa Beach (36:34) and Christine Bolf of Los Angeles (38:40).
Track legend Mary Decker Slaney and 1936 Olympian and World War II hero Louie Zamperini acted as honorary starters for the races, which attracted celebrities and elected officials. Slaney, who set 36 U.S. records and 17 official and unofficial world records at various distances during her career, also jogged part of the 5K Run.
Kaiser Permanente, Colonial Life, PacifiCare and American Income Life were co-title sponsors of the event.
The top six finishers and their times in the 5K and 10K races for men and women were:
1. Christian Hesch (Morro Bay), 14:29
2. Sergio Reyes (Los Osos), 14:33
3. Derek Tate (Hollywood), 14:39
4. Daniel Rojas (Baldwin Park), 14:51
5. Justin Patananan (Palmdale), 15:44
6. Alberto Ramos (Los Angeles), 16:05
1. Tove Berg (Los Angeles), 17:40
2. Sabrian Lopez (Alhambra), 18:31
3. Regina Lopez (Alhambra), 18:53
4. Aimee Cavaille (Hermosa Beach), 20:09
5. Catarino Gonzales (Inglewood), 20:25
6. Lisa Ann (Los Angeles), 20:40
1. Sergio Reyes (Los Osos), 29:38
2. Brian Livingston (Los Angeles), 29:56
3. Christian Hesch (Morro Bay), 31:23
4. Leonel Avalos (Los Angeles), 31:32
5. Tomas Ventura (Bellflower), 34:08
6. Eric Heikkila (Santa Monica), 34:15
1. Daniela Alonso (Los Angeles), 35:43
2. Emily Mitchell (Hermosa Beach), 36:34
3. Christine Bolf (Los Angeles), 38:40
4. Lizzy Thomas (Los Angeles), 39:52
5. Luan McKenzie (Newbury Park), 43:24
6. Kelly Domaradzky (Northridge), 43:40.