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Fast Times and Family Fun at Roundhouse Fun Run

Jun 01, 2018 09:16AM ● By Jeanne Fratello
By Lynne Gross

Fast times and family fun made for a memorable morning at the 6th annual running of the Roundhouse Aquarium Teaching Center 5K Fun Run on May 12.

Gray skies and cool temperatures didn't slow down the top runners, which included male winner Thomas Velvin, with a time of 19:14, and female winner Julia Vazquez who finished in 22:46.

A total of 116 registered participants were cheered on at the beach location by family, friends, Roundhouse board members, staff and volunteers. Pre- and post-race fun included a DJ, a refreshment booth, a Roundhouse touch tank, and sponsor West Basin Municipal Water District’s information booth.

Proceeds from the Fun Run benefited the Roundhouse Aquarium Teaching Center’s ocean education programs and operations, which aim to educate and inspire the community  about the ocean, the creatures living in it, and the environment. The temporary Roundhouse facility is located at the South end of the beach near the Manhattan Beach Pier and is open to the public. Summer hours are from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Friday; and 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Fun Run sponsors included Gold Level sponsors JHM Foundation and Skechers; Silver Level sponsors Continental Development Corporation and Forbes Corrales Coastal Properties; and
Bronze Level sponsors Anderson Penna, Bayview Pediatric Dental Group, Gelson’s, Regatta Capital Group, West Basin Municipal Water District, and the Zuker Family.

Awards and raffle prizes were provided by Aliki jewelry, Aquarium of the Pacific, Bacchus Wine, California Pizza Kitchen, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Islands, Jack’s Surfboards, Jimmy’s Kouzina (formerly Old Venice), The Kettle, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, {pages}, Pancho’s, Pressed Juicery, Rock’n Fish, Redondo Sport Fishing, Riley Fine Arts, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Skechers, Starbucks, the Strand House, Surf Concepts, Trilogy Spa, Uncle Bill’s Pancake House, Village Runner, Washed Ashore, and zinc@Shade. Refreshments were served courtesy of Bristol Farms, Costco, Greens Plus, Kind, Ralph’s, Trader Joe’s and Von’s. Time recording and online registration was handled by RaceWire.

Top male and female runners in each category included:

F 1-9 and M 1-9
1. Lily Paquin; Dane Steve
2. Lila Schroeder; Alexander Van Fossen
3. Reese Negas; Stoddard Bell

F 10-14 and M 10-14
1. Katherine Mooney; Nicolas Calderone
2. Anna Iantuono; Zachary Palis
3. Annalisa D’Emilia; Colin Kelly

F 15-29 and M 15-29
1. Julia Vazquez; Thomas Velvin
2. Arlene Flores; Ethan Silagan
3. Katherine Kelly; Bobby Sillman

F 30-49 and M 30-49
1. Melissa Miller; Kyle McDermott
2. Jennifer Steve; Anthony Allen
3. Heayoung Son; Britt Joyce

F 50-99 and M 50-99
1. Catherine Brooks; Robert Kellogg
2. Audrey Wolitarsky; Michael Kelly
3. Sherin Simine; Eric Van Fossen

Full results can be found at Racewire:

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