On a day dedicated to food and family, 189 energetic souls woke early on Thanksgiving morning to participate in a 5k to ensure local families never go hungry.

On a day dedicated to food and family, 189 energetic people woke early on Thanksgiving morning to participate in a 5k to ensure local families never go hungry.

They rolled out of bed and met at the College of the Siskiyous for the second annual Run for Food, which raised more than $4,700 for Siskiyou Food Assistance.

“The Run for Food is a double bonus event – you get a little exercise before a big meal and are helping others at the same time,” said Valerie Hand of Mount Shasta, who finished the 5k in a little over 32 minutes.

While some participants ran solo, their breath puffing ahead of them like dragons, others jogged in groups, laughing and talking with one another. Still others enjoyed the 5k as a brisk morning walk that began at the COS track, wound through the Bear Trail, and finished with a celebratory lap around the track.

Crossing the finish line first on Thursday was 13 year old Kellen O’Neill with a time of 19 minutes, 47 seconds. Shannon Maas, who also came in second last year, was close on O’Neill’s heels, with a time of 20 minutes flat. Taking third place was last year’s overall winner, Jack Leiffer, with a time of 20 minutes 16 seconds.

Jogging with two of her three children in a double stroller, Mount Shasta’s Jenelle Walker wore a festive stuffed turkey hat for the occasion. She finished the race in 37 minutes, 18 seconds.

Organizer Denise Spayd said this year’s registration was up compared to last year’s 170.

“We’re going in the right direction,” she said of the turnout. “It was a good day.”

Spayd thanked the many event sponsors who donated goods and provided discounts for the event.

“Since we are trying to put food on the shelves at Siskiyou Food Assistance, and eventually into the homes of families in need, every dollar we can save is valuable,” Spayd said. She also thanked those who participated and the 30 volunteers who helped set up the course and take it down just two hours later.

“Our event depended on the commitment of these individuals and we appreciate their ethic to show up on a freezing cold morning and get our event working,” Spayd said.

Siskiyou Food Assistance distributes nutritionally sound food boxes to needy families in Weed, Edgewood, Lake Shastina, Gazelle, Big Springs and Mount Shasta. Last year, the organization distributed more than 2,000 food boxes.

Jerry and Denise Broomfield started providing emergency food supplies from a closet at their Weed church in 1986. Siskiyou Food Assistance is the 501c3 organization resulting from those efforts, established in 2001.

With the recent passing of Jerry Broomfield, Spayd said the SFA board “is proud to work with Denise... to see their mission continue.”

Those interested in donating to SFA can hold a food drive and deliver to 298 Main Street in Weed, or make a cash donation using PayPal at www.siskiyoufoodassistance.org. They can also mail in donations to PO Box 96, Weed CA 96094.

TOP FINISHERS

Following are the top finishers of the 2012 Run for Food according to age and gender:

Men 0-14 – 1st, Kellen O’Neill, 19:47; 2nd, Jonathan Blomberg, 26:25; 3rd, Justin Blomberg, 29:13

Men 15-19 – 1st, Kevin Williams, 20:26; 2nd, Victor Bernal, 21:25; 3rd, David Carter, 24:44

Men 20-29 – 1st, Jack Leiffer, 21:06; 2nd, Adrian Villa, 23:01; Nicolas Lejeunne, 23:16

Men 30-39 – 1st Shannon Maas, 20:00; 2nd, A. Langford, 22:14; 3rd, Jean Philippe Jestin, 22:34

Men 40-49 – 1st, Jeff Bell, 21:41; 2nd Keith Warde, 27:59; 3rd, Chet Kyle, 28:06

Men 50-59 – 1st, Jack Leiffer, 20:16; 2nd, Dorian Aiello, 30:29; 3rd Richard Wilson, 32:37

Men 60-69 – 1st, Larry Divglass, 45:14, 2nd, Steve Russell, 49:18; 3rd, Robert Winston, 50:01.

Women 0-14 – Savanna Reynolds, 30:36; 2nd, Taylor Mack, 34:18; 3rd, Autumn Bravo, 42:29

Women 15-19 – 1st, Rikki Fearon, 22:17; 2nd, Natalie Stock, 34:56; 3rd, Becky Weed, 37:30

Women 20-29 – 1st, Lindsey Dawson, 26:34; 2nd, Alyssa Oreck, 24:44; 3rd, Sara Luetke, 30:37

Women 30-39 – 1st, Jennifer Truttman, 26:10; 2nd, Megan Forrest, 27:40; 3rd, Christy Cummings-Dawson, 28:24

Women 40-49 – 1st, Malou Shannon, 25:12; 2nd, Shelly Blomberg, 26:23; 3rd, Heather Chace, 26:27

Women 50-59 – 1st, Linda Miner, 31:07; 2nd Cecele Carter, 32:03; 3rd, Alicia Wilson, 32:16

Women 60-69 – 1st, Suzanne Jordan, 33:06, 2nd (three way tie), Donna Custner, Jean Nels, Suzan Towlen

Women 70 and over – 1st, Shirley Clark, 55:48

RACE RESULTS

The following is a list of the 2nd Annual Run for Food results.


Finish Name Time Age
1 Kellen O'Neill 19:47 M 13 1st
2 Shannon Maas 20:00 M 35 2nd
3 Jack Leifeer 20:16 M 56 3rd
4 Kevin Williams 20:26 M 15
5 Jake Leiffer 21:06 M 23
6 Victor Bernal 21:25 M 18
7 Jeff Bell 21:41 M 47
8 A Langford 22:14 M 36
9 Jean Philippe Jestin 22:34 M 31
10 Rikki Fearon 22:47 F 18 1st
11 Adrian Villa 23:01 M 25
12 Patrick O'Connor 23:06 M 31
13 Daniel Olstein 23:14 M 35
14 Nicolas Lejeune 23:16 M 29
15 Chris Haro 23:40 M 30
16 Nicolas Decaux 24:14 M 33
17 David Carter 24:44 M 19
18 Malou Shannon 25:12 F 40 2nd
19 Ngouyaphanh Oudone 25.51 M 27
20 Alex Forrest 26:07 M 35
21 Jennifer Truttman 26:10 F 33 3rd
22 Patrick Fitzgerald 26:21 M 27
23 Shelley Blomberg 26:23 F 45
24 Jonathan Blomberg 26:25 M 13
25 Heather Chace 26:27 F 44
26 Lindsey Dawson 26:34 F 26
27 Scott Dunn 27:12 M 34
28 Carin Bell 27:16 F 44
29 Meegan Forrest 27:50 F 33
30 Keith Warde 27:59 M 41
31 Chet Kyle 28:06 M 44
32 Christy Cummings-Dawson 28:24 F 31
33 Jessica Dunn 28:49 F 32
34 Michael O'Neill 29:10 M 43
35 Justin Blomberg 29:13 M 10
36 Merissa Kyle 29:18 F 35
37 Roy Ventura 29:19 M 26
38 Alyssa Oreck 29:44 F 23
39 Adam Oreck 30:13 M 46
40 Dorian Aiello 20:29 M 59
41 Savanna Reynolds 30:36 F 12
42 Sarah Luetke 30:37 F 24
43 Tessa Montgomery 30:50 F 29
44 Mindy Merrill 31:04 F 29
45 Linda Miner 31:07 F 51
46 Filicity Kennedy 31:11 F 37
47 Sebastien Guyard 31:19 M 42
48 D'Mitri Woodruff 31:19 M 13
49 Taylor Green 31:25 M 9
50 Ryan Green 31:43 M 39
51 Rick Cummings 31:44 M 39
52 Cecele Carter 32:03 F 55
53 Krista Cartwright 32:06 F 46
54 Ethan Weaver 32:14 M 9
55 Alicia Wilson 32:16 F 54
56 Desiree Valenzuela 32:21 F 24
57 Brett Cummings 32:29 M 13
58 Valerie Hand 32:34 F 28
59 Richard Wilson 32:37 M 57
60 Suzanne Jordan 33:06 F 62
61 Maria Sanchez 33:30 F 43
62 Hannah Meyers 33:36 F 20
63 Susan Wade 33:39 F 57
64 Ashley Letscher 33:50 F 29
65 Emily Geries 33:57 F 28
66 Wendy DeBenedetti 33:58 F 42
67 Tracie Oreck 34:18 F 42
68 Taylor Mack 34:18 F 11
69 Erin Lam 34:25 F 33
70 Melissa Bolotaolo 34:32 F 25
71 Dancing Morton 34:49 M 38
72 Natalie Stock 34:56 F 16
73 Larry Stock 35:36 M 46
74 Ann Merkle 35:44 F 40
75 Brett Waite 35:57 F 46
76 Avalon Johnson 36:11 F 26
77 Marie Rodriguez 36:12 F 33
78 Maggie Fitzgerald 36:52 F 24
79 Linda Valenzuela 36:52 F 51
80 Cookie Reynolds 37:00 F 35
81 Kevin Charter 37:14 M 43
82 Jenelle Walker 37:18 F 32
83 William Hubbard 37:27 M 16
84 Mercedes Camp-Rodriguez 37:28 F 39
85 Becky Weed 37:30 F 15
86 Jessica Wilden 37:31 F 30
87 Jasmine Carlisle 38:34 F 26
88 Sheila Bradford 38:42 F 47
89 Laurie Furry 38:40 F 57
90 Carly Furry 38:59 F 33
91 Donna Custner 39:00 F 60
92 Jean Nels 39:00 F 62
93 Suzan Towlen 39:00 F 62
94 Kent Hubbard 39:49 M 51
95 Jerilyn Mack 29:49 F 29
96 Janet Bruce 39:59 F 62
97 Ondia Durovchic 40:06 F 57
98 V Langford 40:06 F 36
99 Jackson Hubbard 40:10 M 19
100 Deborah Baird 40:42 F 60
101 Clay Ferguson 41:15 M 16
102 Tyler Johnson 41:18 M 18
103 Nolan Johnson 41:19 M 11
104 Sarah McDonald 41:50 F 31
105 Matthew McDonald 42:00 M 34
106 Kristen McDonald 42:08 M 31
107 Susan Westphal 42:09 F 51
108 Autumn Bravo 42:29 F 10
109 Ron Bravo 42:33 M 45
110 Leslie Johnson 43:58 F 36
111 Tricia Bravo 43:58 F 42
112 Karen Chandler 44:03 F 51
113 Kaimana Ferguson 44:27 F 12
114 Mary Hoskin 45:14 F 55
115 Larry Diuglass 45:14 M 65
116 Vanessa Haro 45:14 F 31
117 Olive Haro 45:27 F 3
118 T-Money O'Connor 45:47 F 29
119 Christine Weller 45:48 F 61
120 Libby Dunn 45:49 F 24
121 Montana Gill 45:57 F 24
122 Summer Weaver 45:57 F 34
123 Candace Green 46:02 F 37
124 Kathleen Fitzgerald 46:05 F 57
125 Donald Fitzgerald 46:13 M 58
126 Vicki Connor 46:14 F 52
127 Mary Williams 47:39 F 61
128 Aiden Bravo 47:40 M 13
129 Marshall Parker 47:40 M 12
130 Shirley Magnuson 47:41 F 59
131 Peggy Soletti 47:42 F 60
132 Sharon Dohrn 48:26 F 65
133 Lesley Chace 48:27 F 69
134 Shelby Williams 48:27 F 40
135 Annie Ramirez 48:42 F 26
136 Gretchen Williams 48:43 F 37
137 Joshua Carpenter 48:46 M 24
138 Amiree Collins 48:46 F 9
139 Jodi Dawson 48:46 F 54
140 Ashley Dawson 48:47 F 26
141 Jane Faria 49:13 F 55
142 Steve Russell 49:18 M 63
143 Marilyn Russell 49:54 F 60
144 Robert Winston 50:01 M 63
145 Thomas Allen 52:17 M 52
146 Travis Wizner 52:17 M 30
147 Jason Dawson 52:44 M 30
148 Trevor Cummings 52:50 M 14
149 Judy Cummings 52:21 F 63
150 Constance Bruins 53:21 F 67
151 Janice Olson 54:04 F 62
152 Lil Ventura 54:14 F 53
153 Carol Diehm 55:46 F 67
154 Shirley Clark 55:48 F 91