Nearly 150 runners test themselves at Kirkwodd
Running at a mile and a half above sea level didn’t deter participants from testing the rigors of running at Kirkwood Mountain Resort on Saturday.
Nearly 150 runners turned out to compete in one of three races in the 23rd annual Kirkwood 5K/10K presented by the Tahoe Mountain Milers and Sagebrush Stompers.
The winning times weren’t indicative of shortness on breath or the steep ascents participants encountered in the 10K Trail Adventure Run.
Dennis Manor obviously wasn’t bothered by oxygen deprivation as the Reno resident won the 10K Trail Adventure Run in 44 minutes, 36 seconds.
“It definitely took a lot of lung capacity to power up those hills,” said Manor, a pro triathlete.
The 27-year-old was 21 seconds faster than Jon Brown of Gunnison, Colo.
“There are always a lot of good athletes and it just happened to be my day,” Manor said. “This is my first real 10K. Usually I only run 10Ks after I swim and bike.”
Steve Roark of Carson City was third in 47:46 and Erick Studenicka of Carson City and Jared Ogle of Gardnerville also broke the 50-minute barrier in finishing fourth and fifth, respectively.
Carlo Lancellotti was the top South Lake Tahoe finisher, placing sixth in 51:33.
Reno’s Deborah Zalokar, whose husband won the 5K, was the first female to cross the finish line in 1:02:29. Wendy Perry of South Lake Tahoe was a close second in 1:03:16.
Fred Zalokar of Reno ran away with the 5K title, winning by more than a minute with his first-place time of 18:00.
“When I took the turn at (the 2-mile mark), I saw that no one was coming or challenging me, so I relaxed a little bit,” Zalokar said.
Although Zalokar is accustomed to much longer runs as an avid 50K runner, his lungs told him that he was at a much higher altitude than he’s accustomed to.
“You feel the altitude … the lungs were burning,” said Zalokar, who joked about his lungs burning during his warm-up run. “There were a lot of young kids and they took off pretty hard, but I was able to keep an even pace.”
Daniel Spiko, a 17-year-old from Gardnerville, finished second in 19:07; and South Lake Tahoe 15-year-old Alex Sharp was third in 19:19.
Katie Ross of Mount Aukum was the women’s 5K winner, placing 12th overall in 21:55. Ross has won other 5Ks but never one at an altitude like Kirkwood’s.
“It was harder at the beginning to get used to the altitude and then once I got used to it, I was all right,” she said.
Earlier this year, the former Charlottesville, Va., resident finished in the top 9 percent of women at the Boston Marathon.
Andrew Ross was 12 seconds behind his wife and 14th overall. “She wins some and I win some,” Ross said of their friendly rivalry.
Rosalind Gould and Kara Cole of Minden were the second and third females, respectively, in 23:19 and 23:20.
The Douglas High cross country team used the 5K as a workout, placing 10 of their runers in the top 20.
Cassidy Chichowicz of South Lake Tahoe was runner-up in the Children’s 1-Mile Run in 8:23. George Tibbitts of Davis won the mile in 7:26.
For complete results, See Scoreboard on B3.