BIG race nets BIG results: Faster times at La Jolla Half Marathon this year
With an official time of 1 hour, 22 minutes, 40 seconds, Bonnie Axman of San Diego wins the La Jolla Half Marathon (13.1 miles) women’s division on Sunday, April 27.
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By Ashley Mackin
Three out of the four top runners in the 33rd annual La Jolla Half Marathon and the La Jolla Shores 5K on April 27 beat last year’s times in their categories. Half-marathoners ran down the coast from Del Mar Racetrack to La Jolla Cove and the 5K runners from La Jolla Shores to La Jolla Cove. A benefit for the Kiwanis Club of La Jolla, the event is expected to net more than $100,000 for community projects, said chair Don Hodges. About 7,000 people registered to run.
Timothy Briggs of San Diego was the first of more than 6,000 people to finish the La Jolla Half Marathon, with more than 850 additional people completing the La Jolla Shores 5K. Briggs ran the 13.1-mile half marathon in 1 hour, 16 minutes, 46 seconds.
The 2014 female winner of the La Jolla Half Marathon, Bonnie Axman of San Diego, beat last year’s female winner’s time by almost two minutes. Axman finished with an official time of 1 hour, 22 minutes, 40 seconds — outrunning the 2013 winning time of 1 hour, 24 minutes, 52 seconds.
The male winner of the 5K, Nick Sigmon of La Jolla, beat last year’s 5K male winner by less than a minute. Sigmon said he wanted to win because his race was dedicated to his grandmother, who recently passed away. He finished with an official time of 15 minutes, 20 seconds, beating last year’s 5K male winner’s 16 minutes, 5 seconds.
The female winner for the 5K, Megan Perko of Escondido, ran the race in 19 minutes, 9 seconds, beating last years’ winning time of 20 minutes, 28 seconds.
Participants even signed up faster than last year. Event chair Don Hodges said the half marathon sold out in March. It did not sell out the year before.
Hodges added that while final net proceeds are not confirmed, he is confident the Kiwanis Club of La Jolla will earn “into the six figures” from the race, which typically produces $100,000.
“With these funds we support almost 70 organizations,” Hodges said. “We are contributing more than $75,000 in scholarships this year.”
The Kiwanis Club bestows college scholarships to graduating seniors at La Jolla High School, The Preuss School, San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts, and, for the first time, to the Monarch School for students impacted by homelessness. Kiwanis also contributes scholarships so that students may attend Gillispie School and The Bishop’s School.
President Craig Bratlien added that the Kiwanis Club of La Jolla further supports San Diego Rescue Mission and Voices for Children, and national organizations, such as Meals on Wheels and Boy Scouts of America.
Internationally, the Kiwanis Club of La Jolla is collaborating with UNICEF for Project Eliminate, which aims to eradicate maternal and neonatal tetanus in third world countries. Bratlien said thus far, the disease has been eliminated in 16 countries with 21 to go.
“We want to say a huge thank you to the runners of the Half Marathon and 5K,” Bratlien said. “Because of your efforts, the event was a tremendous success and you’ve helped us help children of San Diego.”
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