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MB10K Winners Blaze to Finish

Oct 06, 2018 09:31PM ● By Jeanne Fratello

Race winners Stewart Harwell and Abby Hong finish the MB10K

The 41st annual Manhattan Beach 10K got Manhattan Beach off to a blazing start on Saturday morning.

Overall race winner Stewart Harwell, age 34, came in at an exceptionally fast 31:54. This is his second year winning the race, and he bested his winning time from last year by more than 15 seconds. 

He was followed by second and third place winners Cheyne Inman at 32:29 and Alexander Gorney at 34:20. 

For the women, Mira Costa alumna Abby Hong, age 22, took the top prize with a time of 35:40. Hers was the second-fastest time ever run in the women's race, second only to a course record set by D'Ann Arthur in 2014. She was followed by Emily Wold at 37:08 and Kari Brandt at 38:07. 

All in all, more than 2800 runners and walkers completed the race. The oldest participant was 97-year-old Jack Tsu.

The race is known for several ongoing traditions: live local bands playing throughout the race course, announcer Susie Young (a.k.a. Manhattan Beach 10K's Vin Scully) cheering and calling out runners by name, Mira Costa high school runners wearing bright pink shorts, and the P.I.E.R. runners - an elite group of 49 runners who have participated in ever Manhattan Beach 10K since its start. 

This year, other notable participants included a group raising funds for the P.S. I Love You Foundation, easily spotted for their pink tutus. A team of runners also ran as Team All4Kids to raise funds for the Children's Bureau.

The Manhattan Beach 10K is an entirely volunteer-run and not-for-profit race. It is one of the oldest and largest such races of its kind in the country. 

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