[This item was contributed by Woodminster race director, Gareth Fong]
Another classic Woodminster Cross Country Race is in the books and the weather couldn’t have been better for the 170 “survivors”. Although we had competition for participants from the rescheduled San Francisco marathon, we had a very diverse group of hearty, or should I say crazy, runners. There were four racers under 60 minutes with Alex Varner (53:32) leading the pack. Adrienne Strait (65:33) led all women and came in second overall when Varner edged her out by one second at the finish line to claim the green champion’s jacket. All results can be found at www.fordtiming.com. For the first time, LMJS won the team award with 18 members. Pamakids had 13 and Tamalpa had 12.
Christine Chapon, this year’s Woody volunteer coordinator, did an outstanding job recruiting and assigning over 26 LMJS volunteers and other volunteers from Pamakids, Watergate, Alta Bates/Summit Hospital and Piedmont High School, throughout the hilly 9-mile loop course. Jeanine Holmlund, last year’s Woodminster champion, organized the potluck luncheon following the race. However, I found out she’s an excellent cook and made most of the great dishes herself. We had two EMT volunteers, Gayle Thomas and Mike Williams, from Alameda, who are good neighbors of Debra Cramer. Aaron Ford and his father, although not volunteers, did a bang up job timing and posting results in a timely manner. Again, a big thank you to Christine Chapon for conducting the 12th Annual East Bay Triple Crown Trail Championships awards ceremony. As you can see, it takes a lot of great people to put on a successful running event and I know the Wood monster “survivors” appreciate it.
Thank you everyone,