SANTA MONICA, CA (October 8, 2013) – In a morning of rising temperatures and Santa Ana winds, San Diegan Scott Bauhs turned on the heat in the final 100m to win the eight annual Santa Monica 5000 5k. Bauhs (14:37.0) held off David Sanchez (14:37.4), Santa Monica Track Club member Tonny Okello (14:38) and Isidore Herrera (14:38), for the win, all finishing within 1.4 seconds of each other.
The women’s 5k division was won by fellow San Diegan Natasha Labeaud (16:41). Lisa Ohberg (17:05) and Tracee Van Der Wyk (17:20) rounded out the top 3. Santa Monica Police Officer Erika Aklufi (17:39, 4th place) provided another outstanding performance, even after she and a group of other 5k women runners fell shortly after the start.
The 10k races were won by athletes who train in the higher altitudes of the Southwest. Nicolas Hilton (30:39), from Flagstaff, AZ, easily won the men’s division, as did Lauren Kleppin (35:24) from Mammoth Lakes, CA. Kleppin also set a new 10k women’s record with her win.
“The races today were spectacular from start to finish,” shares event director Brennan Lindner, Generic Events. “To have this caliber of elite athletes from around the world showcase their talents was a treat for the runners and residents of Santa Monica. Our local participation was tremendous - we had close to 1300 runners and walkers raising money for the Santa Monica and Malibu Public schools. It was amazing.”
Race morning was sunny, with temperatures getting warmer by the minute, due to October’s Santa Ana winds. Over 2,800 runners started the 5k/10k course within the city of Santa Monica, a seaside retreat and one of the most active cities in California. Many new faces led the way in one of Competitor Magazines top 5k/10ks in Southern California.
One unique aspect of the event is the involvement of Santa Monica–Malibu schools, where sports teams and PE departments raise money for their team. Rachel Faulkner, Program and Events Director of the Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation, said, “The Education Foundation is so excited by the success of the Santa Monica 5000. Close to 1,300 participants from SMMUSD schools collectively raised over $90,000 for school athletic programs. It was an incredible community event that celebrated athletics in our schools. We are grateful for our partnership with Generic Events for making this fundraising event possible for the Education Foundation and our school district.”
Special thanks to race sponsors: SKECHERS Performance, Road Runner Sports, Clif Bar, Wyndham Hotel Santa Monica, and NutriBullet.
The Santa Monica-Malibu Education is fortunate to count on generous support for the Santa Monica 5000 from its Community Partners, local businesses in the Santa Monica and Malibu communities. SMMEF thanks Rand Corporation in Santa Monica for its contribution at the Visionary level, and Dunn & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. in Malibu for its Champion Level contribution.
Santa Monica 5000 5k/10k
Santa Monica, CA, Sunday, October 6, 2013
1. Scott Bauhs 14:37.0 San Diego, CA $300
2. David Sanchez 14:37.4 Alamosa, CO $200
3. Tonny Okello 14:38.0 Santa Monica, CA $100
4. Isidore Herrera 14:38.4 Ventura, CA
1. Natasha Labeaud 16:41.3 San Diego, CA $300
2. Lisa Ohberg 17:05.9 Los Angeles $200
3. Tracee Van Der Wyk 17:20.2 Temple City, CA $100
4. Erika Aklufi 17:39.5 Los Angeles, CA
1. Nicholas Hilton 30:39.2 Flagstaff, AZ $300
2. Forest Braden 30:57.5 Beverly Hills, CA $200
3. Anthony Solis 31:13.4 Barstow, CA $100
1. Lauren Kleppin 35:24.8* Mammoth Lakes, CA $300
2. Katja Goldring 36:03.5 Los Angeles, CA $200
3. Natasha Labeaud 37:07.1 San Diego, CA $100
- New Course Record
Photos available upon request. Full results and more at: www.santamonica5000.com
About Generic Events
The Santa Monica 5000 is managed and produced by Generic Events, a full service event production company which seeks to provide uplifting experiences for people to accomplish unforeseen goals. Operated by the husband and wife team of Michelle and Brennan Lindner, Generic Events also produces the award winning XTERRA SoCal Trail Run series, Pasadena Triathlon, Bali International Triathlon and launching the inaugural Turkey Trot Los Angeles 5k/10k in Downtown LA on November 28, 2013.
About the Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation
Since 1982, the Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation has helped ensure an equitable and vibrant education for all students in the local public schools. The Foundation raises funds in support of Arts, Academics and Athletics. The Ed Foundation is the sole fundraising organization that equitably serves the entire School District, providing all students with access to the educational opportunities they deserve. www.smmef.org
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