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Runners, Glow Sticks, Luminarias Add to a Scenic Night

Dec 07, 2014 04:35PM ● By DigMB Staff

An onlooker watches as the Yuletide 5K runners gather under the Manhattan Beach Pier for their shoreline race, glow sticks and necklaces intact.

More than 500 runners took to the sand along the shoreline in Manhattan Beach last night for the 13th annual Yuletide 5K.

The nighttime race marks the Winter Solstice and gives runners a rare chance to race "at extreme low tide when the sand becomes firm like a dirt road," says event organizer, runner and Olympian Jeff Atkinson.

Bennett Gregnon, 17, won the 5K in a time of 17 minutes, 24 seconds.

Eric Seltenrich, 41, of Manhattan Beach finished in fifth place overall in 18:41, taking second place in his division. Andrew Costley, 16, of Manhattan Beach finished in eighth place with a time of 19:18. Tom Brady, 38, of Manhattan Beach finished in 14th place overall and second in his division in 20:03. Bill Hasencamp, 51, of Manhattan Beach finished in 22nd overall and third in his division in 20:41.

Other MB runners to place in their divisions are Jim Newman, 56, who took first in his division with a time of 22:49; Richard Neff, 60, who took second in his division in 28:44; Dick Cole, 71, of Manhattan Beach came in first in his division in 29:54; and Dick Windishar was the oldest person to finish the race. The 84-year-old recorded a time of  36:55. 

Yasmeen Barrera, 14, of MB took third place in her division with a time of 25:42; Megan Forbes, 17, of MB took first place in her division in 25:40; Laura Knox, 30, of MB took first in her division in 23:39 followed by MBers Angelica Ventrice, 31, in second at 24:53 and Lauren Grubb, 33, in 25:22 for fourth place; Haidi Kordic, 41, of MB took first place in her division at 25:36; Susan Fasano, 47, of MB took third place in her division in 23:46; and Jacquelyn Luca, 66, of MB took second place in her division in one hour, one minute and seven seconds.

Runners in the Yuletide 5K came from places as far away as Budapest, Hungary; Jacksonville, Florida; Olathe, Kansas; Chicago, Illinois; Bozeman, Montana; McKinney, Texas; and Henderson, Nevada. Runners also came from California cities such as Van Nuys, Riverside, Lancaster, Buena Park, Santa Clara, Altadena, San Francisco, Valley Village, Beverly Hills, Santa Clarita, Chino Hills, Westlake Village, Rancho Cucamonga, Pasadena, San Bernardino, Sherman Oaks, Newport Beach, Ladera Ranch, Brentwood, San Gabriel, Downey, Sierra Madre, Morro Bay, Monrovia, South Pasadena, Encino, Ventura, La Puente, Costa Mesa, Covina, Dominguez Hills, Coarsegold, Harbor City, Compton, Bellflower, Carson and Gardena.

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