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Salinas Valley Half Marathon

Cristian Soratos and Amy Johnston, both from Salinas, Calif., were the men’s and women’s winners, Sat., Aug. 1, at the Salinas Valley Half-Marathon in Soledad, Calif.

Soratos, who’s 22, ran 1:10:24 to finish 30 seconds ahead of Michael Ramirez, 20, also of Salinas, who was the runner-up in 1:10:54.

Edgar Bonilla, 18, of King City, Calif., was third in 1:15:37.

In the women’s race, Johnston, who’s also 22, ran 1:23:28 to finish 2 1/2 minutes ahead of the runner-up, Shawna Winnegar, 24, of Albuquerque, N. Mex., who clocked 1:25:58.

Stephanie Hamm, 36, of Atascadero, Calif., was third in 1:27:04.

This race is run on beautiful rolling terrain in the wine country south of Salinas on the central California coast. 

If you love a run in the country this is the place. Weather is kept temperate due its proximity to the pacific ocean. There's plenty of pure oxygen from one of California's best west coast growing areas, and it's not just grapes. This beautiful rolling hill 1/2 marathon course goes from Soledad Mission to Pessagno Winery. Just South of Salinas. Everything a runner could want in a race.

Division Clock Time Name Age State/Country
Overall Male Winner 1:10:24 CRISTIAN SORATOS 22 SALINAS, CA
2nd Male Finisher 1:10:54 MICHAEL RAMIREZ 20 SALINAS, CA
3rd Male Finisher 1:15:37 EDGAR BONILLA 18 KING CITY, CA
4th Male Finisher 1:16:02 JUSTIN CARRANCHO 20 WATSONVILLE, CA
5th Male Finisher 1:16:17 RENE SIQUEIROS 23 WATSONVILLE, CA
6th Male Finisher 1:18:00 ERIC PALMER 31 MONTEREY, CA
7th Male Finisher 1:18:04 JAIR SANCHEZ LAGUNES 41 SEASIDE, CA
8th Male Finisher 1:18:51 RUDY TOVAR 34 SALINAS, CA
9th Male Finisher 1:19:08 JORGE SANCHEZ 18 SALINAS, CA
10th Male Finisher 1:19:33 TITO CHAIDEZ 20 FREEDOM, CA
Overall Female Winner 1:23:28 AMY JOHNSTON 22 SALINAS, CA
2nd Female Finisher 1:25:58 SHAWNA WINNEGAR 24 ALBUQUERQUE, NM
3rd Female Finisher 1:27:04 STEPHANIE HAMM 36 ATASCADERO, CA
4th Female Finisher 1:29:49 LAN CLAYTON 47 SALINAS, CA
5th Female Finisher 1:30:52 MALENA GROVER 19 SALINAS, CA
6th Female Finisher 1:34:36 BRANDI HOBSON 20 SALINAS, CA
7th Female Finisher 1:35:32 NETTE HOOVER 34 SALINAS, CA
8th Female Finisher 1:37:37 BETH TADEMY 37 REEDLEY, CA
9th Female Finisher 1:38:51 CYNTHIA TOVAR 21 SALINAS, CA
10th Female Finisher 1:39:02 LINDA SERENO 55 SALINAS, CA

2015 Age-Group Winning Times · 2015 Results · 2014 Results · 2013 Results · 2012 Results · 2011 Results

Division Chip Time Name State/Country Age Age-Graded
1st Men 40-49 1:18:04 JAIR SANCHEZ LAGUNES SEASIDE, CA 41 79.65
2nd Men 40-49 1:23:04 SEAN CURRY SALINAS, CA 47 78.59
3rd Men 40-49 1:25:45 ROB BOYCE MONTEREY, CA 48 76.77
1st Men 50-59 1:23:07 RAYMOND RODRIGUEZ LOS BANOS, CA 53 82.67
2nd Men 50-59 1:35:21 THOMAS LOCKHART SALINAS, CA 54 72.70
3rd Men 50-59 1:41:31 ALBERTO FRAIDE SALINAS, CA 53 67.69
1st Men 60-69 1:28:34 PATRICK MOSS FRESNO, CA 60 82.65
2nd Men 60-69 1:39:20 JERRY THOMAS SALINAS, CA 61 74.38
3rd Men 60-69 1:51:54 SKIP LATHAM SALINAS, CA 62 66.65
1st Men 70+ 1:52:29 DAVE CORTEZ SALINAS, CA 70 71.79
2nd Men 70+ 1:57:12 PETER KRASA PEBBLE BEACH, CA 70 68.90
3rd Men 70+ 2:43:38 ROBERT FOWLER SAN JOSE, CA 71 49.90
1st Women 40-49 1:29:49 LAN CLAYTON SALINAS, CA 47 80.20
2nd Women 40-49 1:44:00 TAESHA GRIGGS MONTEREY, CA 40 65.40
3rd Women 40-49 1:45:02 HILLERI KEELY CARMEL VALLEY, CA 42 65.63
1st Women 50-59 1:39:02 LINDA SERENO SALINAS, CA 55 80.26
2nd Women 50-59 1:41:19 BRITA BRUEMMER MONTEREY, CA 54 77.43
3rd Women 50-59 1:47:26 DEBBIE SIMS SALINAS, CA 53 72.09
1st Women 60-69 2:00:15 MARTI MENZ MORGAN HILL, CA 60 70.76
2nd Women 60-69 2:14:00 MOIRA BRAZIER WATSONVILLE, CA 60 63.50
3rd Women 60-69 2:21:52 LYDIA SCHUMAKER SALINAS, CA 62 61.71
1st Women 70+ 2:41:05 CAROL TURNER NEWARK, CA 70 61.48
2nd Women 70+ 2:58:13 ANNE GOODE PACIFIC GROVE, CA 71 56.49
3rd Women 70+ 3:14:05 LISA SARGISSON CARMEL, CA 74 54.61

Course Description

The rolling hills offer a bit of a challenge but runners all set their own pace. Volunteers have placed signs along the route telling you the type of grapes and vegetables in the fields. This is some of the richest soil bordering the Pacific Ocean. Wine glasses and wine is free at the finish; along with plenty of water, fruit and recovery drinks.

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At A Glance
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LocationSoledad, California
Race DistanceHalf Marathon
Race Date 2016July 31, 2016
  Race Date 2015  August 1, 2015
  Race Date 2014  August 2, 2014
  Race Date 2013  August 3, 2013
  Race Date 2012  August 4, 2012
  Race Date 2011  August 6, 2011
Entrant Cap1,500
Age Group Awards5 Year
Entry Fee65.00
Race ResultsLink to Results
 
Online RegistrationUSATF Certified
 


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Recommended by: Michael Dove
"Beautiful rolling hills through wine country south of Salinas - great volunteer spirit."

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