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Race Weather Picture Perfect For Park Fete Competition
More than 100 participants were signed up for the 2-mile and over 120 took the 10K route on Saturday morning, with a total of 236 runners and walkers taking part in the annual Escalon Park Fete Run.

Conditions for the 7:30 a.m. start were just about perfect, with runners and walkers alike enjoying a light breeze, bright sunshine and a relatively cool start to the morning.

Fastest time in the 2-mile belonged to Efren Martinez, who crossed the line in 11:29.0 and took first overall and in his age group (40 to 49). First female across the line in that race was Vicky Boyd, first in her 50 to 59 age group and ninth overall in 13:52.3.

Also notable in the 2-mile were the first place showing of Marge Price of Escalon in the 70 to 79 age group, walking the route in 27:42.5. Escalon High School varsity girls soccer coach Jamie Humrichouse Peoples was also one of those lacing up the running shoes, finishing fourth in her 30 to 39 age group in a time of 21:32.1.

A total of 109 people registered for the 2-mile, including plenty of people with children in tow, either youngsters running alongside their parents or toddlers in strollers being pushed by race participants.

For the 10K, which covers a route in town and also goes along some outlying country roads, Salvador Garcia of Los Banos was the top overall finisher, taking first place overall in 34:52.7, first in his age group of 30 to 39. Sixth place overall, and first female finisher, was Tia Stone, who ran the route in 41:17.5 and was first in her age group of 30 to 39 for women.

Former Escalon standout runner and EHS alum Vic Moreno, pushing his young child in front of him, was third overall in 36:21.0 and was second to Garcia in the 30 to 39 age group.

Race organizers from the ShadowChase Running Club of Modesto reported 47 men registered for the 10K compared to 80 women, while the 2-mile was divided fairly evenly, with 54 men and 55 women. Awards were given three deep in each of the nine age divisions, from 12 and under on up to 80 and over.

Oldest male registered in the 10K was Juanmanuel Garcia, 70, and oldest female was Barbara Elia, 67, according to organizers. Youngest male in the 10K was Theo Miller, 9, and youngest female was Jazmine De La Torre, 10.

For the 2-mile, the oldest male participant was Joe LoBianco, 84, with Marge Price, 75, the oldest female. Youngest male was Zachariah Luna, 4, and youngest female was Abigail Carpenter, 5.