Kirkwood runners treated to clear skies |

Kirkwood runners treated to clear skies

Special to the Tribune
Three-year-old Kipton Walbrun ran his heart out to a cheering crowd at the finish line during the children's half-mile fun run at Kirkwood on Saturday.
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Runners took advantage of a brief blue-skies window at Kirkwood this past weekend.

Smoke from the Rim Fire in Yosemite nearly canceled Kirkwood’s 33rd annual 5K/10K Adventure Trail Run, but Saturday dawned with clear skies and fresh air after nearly two-weeks of suffocating smoke.

Eight children participated in the two Fun Runs. Alexander Slezak, 6, won the half-mile race in 4:46. Madeleine Walbrun, 6, took second place with a close 4:49, while 3- year-old Kipton Walbrun ran his heart out to a cheering crowd at the finish line in 5:43.

In the one-mile event, Ethan Mulhair, 10, edged out his competition by one second (9:26). Caitlyn Clark, 9, was second in 9:27. Third place went to Aaron Wiebe, 10, in 9:59.

Cody Proctor, 12, won the 5K in 25:39. Second place went to 70-year-old Duane Baker in 26:01. He also finished first in the Masters division. Jason Proctor, Cody’s father, took third place in 26:28.

Women’s honors went to Hailey Brown, 27, who finished in first place, 28:07. Logan Bigley, 12, took second place in 28:26, and Christine Fabi, 42, cruised into third with 28:30. Fabi also took first among women in Masters.

Andie VonEschen, 17, blazed through the challenging elevation gains of the 10K Adventure Run in 52:32 for first place. He was followed by Chloe Glare, 32, who took second in 55:49. Jeff Williams, 34, breezed in at 56:37 for third. Kristin VonEschen, 48, claimed third in the women’s division with a time of 58:07. She was also the Masters winner. Michale Sharp, 55, was the men’s Masters winner (56:57). Runners Gary Gallaher, 72, and Monte Coffman, 76 also blazed through the course.

The Tahoe Mountain Milers Running Club and the Kirkwood Volunteer Fire Department sponsored the runs. Logan Bigley won a cross-country ski pass, and Jim Clark won a full Kirkwood Mountain Resort ski pass. Kirkwood has been donating the ski passes for 33 years. All proceeds from the races go to the Kirkwood Volunteer Fire Department. Visit for information about the running club.

UP NEXT: The next running club event is the Kokanee Trail Runs on Sunday, Oct. 6, at the snow park on Taylor Creek. There will be a children’s fun run, 5K run/walk, 10K or half marathon.

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