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Low Tide is a Boon for Manhattan Beach 5K Runners

Jun 25, 2017 10:36AM ● By Jeanne Fratello
For most people, summer solstice means the longest day of the year. But for beach running enthusiasts, summer solstice means the lowest tides of the year. That creates a stretch of hard, flat sand that's perfect for beach running - and the Manhattan Beach 5K, run on June 24. 

Saturday morning's race drew approximately 200 runners and walkers of all ages, from Mira Costa cross country runners to parents pushing baby joggers. Runners agreed that the weather was perfect for a morning run: cool and slightly foggy, with a light breeze.

The top 5K finisher was Xaviar Court, 43, who finished in a time of 18:02. Rounding out the top five finishers were Michael McKellar, Kevin Lohner, Russell Blakey, and Daniel Neenan.

Leading the women was Lizeth Aparicio, 26, who finished in 21:24. She was followed by Dinora Moran, Cathy Lifschultz, Evelyn Bahurinsky, and Rachel Heiss.

A separate set of kids' mini races included kids from age 12 down to the under-2 set who participated in the "Crawlers" division.

The top five finishers in each age group received the coveted World Famous Cookie Medal, created by Becker's Bakery and Deli.

The race was sponsored by Manhattan Beach Confidential and DigMB.

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