Race participants Laura Guzman (left) and Sue Brown (right) begin their trek to the finish line during King City Rotary’s Rabbit Run 5K on April 16. The racers could either run or walk the 3.1-mile course through town. (Contributed)

KING CITY — King City Rotary Club hosted its first Rabbit Run 5K last Saturday with 77 participants, ranging in age from 1 to 76 years old, who either ran or walked the 3.1-mile course that began and ended at King City Golf Course. 

More than 30 volunteers from King City High School, King City in Bloom, Blue Zones Project of Monterey County, King City Interact Club and the Rotary assisted with the April 16 event.

“Although the rain made it difficult to finish the set-up that morning, we had blue skies and rainbows by the time the race kicked off at 9:02 a.m.,” said TJ Plew-Hearne, race director and event committee member.

The inaugural race was a timed fun run or walk to encourage wellness in the community. Racers received an event T-shirt and commemorative participation ribbon, and prizes were awarded to the winners of different age groups.

The overall winners who finished the 5K in the fastest time were: Jose Morales, 20:16; Dylan Perez, 20:29; and Seth Martinez, 21:01. All three were also the top male winners.

The top female winners were: Emily Cole, 24:29; Lupe Martinez, 24:42; and Miriam Salinas, 27:55.

In the age 50-plus group, the male masters were: Kent Robinson, 24:09; Raymundo Hernandez, 28:46; and Frank Renteria, 32:02. The female masters were: Denise Miller, 29:30; Kodi Taggart, 33:59; and Karen Park, 36:01.

In the teen category, the male winner was Derek Garcia, 39:40, and the female winner was Lexi Martinez, 41:27. For the youth group, the male winner was Misael Melecio Jr., 48:29, and the female was Monique Paramo, 49:56.

Proceeds from the Rabbit Run 2022 will be donated to both the King City Rotary Foundation for high school scholarships and to King City in Bloom for city beautification projects.

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Ryan Cronk is the managing editor for King City Rustler and Salinas Valley Tribune, a unified publication of Greenfield News, Soledad Bee and Gonzales Tribune. He covers general news for South Monterey County and the surrounding communities.


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