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Salinas Valley Half Marathon

Diego Estrada of Salinas, Calif., and Monica Jo Nicholson of Aromas, Calif., were the men’s and women’s winners as local runners dominated the Salinas Valley Half-Marathon in Soledad, Calif., Sat., Aug. 2.

Estrada, 24, ran 1:06:25 on this scenic, rolling course in one of California’s most scenic areas to win the men's race by almost four minutes.

Cristian Soratos, 21, who’s also from Salinas, was the runner-up in 1:10:23, and Adam Roach, 30, of Monterey, Calif., finished third in 1:11:33.

In the women’s race Monica Jo Nicholson, 32, known as Mojo to her friends and fellow runners, certainly had her mojo working in this race as she ran 1:28:19 to win by more than five minutes.

A pair of Salinas runners, Brandi Hobson, only 19, and Lan Clayton, who’s a young 46, took the next two places as they ran 1:33:35 and 1:35:21 respectively.

 

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.

2014 Race Winners · 2013 Results · 2012 Results · 2011 Results

Division Clock Time Name Age State/Country
Overall Male Winner 1:06:25 DIEGO ESTRADA 24 SALINAS, CA
2nd Male Finisher 1:10:23 CRISTIAN SORATOS 21 SALINAS, CA
3rd Male Finisher 1:11:33 ADAM ROACH 30 MONTEREY, CA
4th Male Finisher 1:11:41 DIEGO LEON 19 SALINAS, CA
5th Male Finisher 1:11:54 MICHAEL RAMIREZ 19 SALINAS, CA
6th Male Finisher 1:13:58 JESUS CAMPOS 29 FRESNO, CA
7th Male Finisher 1:14:38 CHRISTIAN GONZALES 21 EXETER, CA
8th Male Finisher 1:16:19 MATTHEW MORALES 24 VISALIA, CA
9th Male Finisher 1:17:08 RIGO VAZQUEZ 25 HOLLISTER, CA
10th Male Finisher 1:17:34 ROBERT VALENCIA 20 SALINAS, CA
Overall Female Winner 1:28:19 MONICA JO NICHOLSON 32 AROMAS, CA
2nd Female Finisher 1:33:35 BRANDI HOBSON 19 SALINAS, CA
3rd Female Finisher 1:35:21 LAN CLAYTON 46 SALINAS, CA
4th Female Finisher 1:36:31 LINDA SERENO 54 SALINAS, CA
5th Female Finisher 1:37:41 MELISSA PEREZ 27 GREENFIELD, CA
6th Female Finisher 1:37:58 BETH TADEMY 36 REEDLEY, CA
7th Female Finisher 1:38:51 STEPHANIE BOUQUET 47 SALINAS, CA
8th Female Finisher 1:39:33 STELLA GIBBS 55 PACIFIC GROVE, CA
9th Female Finisher 1:39:34 KATHY NITAYANGKUL 38 PRUNEDALE, CA
10th Female Finisher 1:40:46 MELISSA SWENSON 37 BAKERSFIELD, CA

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

Division Chip Time Name State/Country Age Age-Graded
1st Men 40-49 1:18:49 JAIR SANCHEZ LAGUNES SEASIDE, CA 40 78.26
2nd Men 40-49 1:28:43 OSCAR LEON SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA 42 70.66
3rd Men 40-49 1:31:00 CHRIS MONYPENY SALINAS, CA 44 70.00
1st Men 50-59 1:26:19 BRIAN ROWLETT CARMEL, CA 51 78.24
2nd Men 50-59 1:34:06 THOMAS LOCKHART SALINAS, CA 53 73.03
3rd Men 50-59 1:34:10 AL MORALES VISALIA, CA 50 71.10
1st Men 60-69 1:38:07 JERRY THOMAS SALINAS, CA 60 74.61
2nd Men 60-69 1:53:44 FABIAN GARCIA SALINAS, CA 62 65.58
3rd Men 60-69 2:02:04 JIM TERBEEK PASO ROBLES, CA 60 59.97
1st Men 70+ 1:51:37 ROD MACKINLAY PEBBLE BEACH, CA 74 76.12
2nd Men 70+ 2:16:07 ROBERT FOWLER SAN JOSE, CA 70 59.32
3rd Men 70+ 2:50:47 HENRY GONG SALINAS, CA 70 47.28
1st Women 40-49 1:35:21 LAN CLAYTON SALINAS, CA 46 74.79
2nd Women 40-49 1:38:51 STEPHANIE BOUQUET SALINAS, CA 47 72.87
3rd Women 40-49 1:45:49 MICHELLE MELISKO BELMONT, CA 42 65.14
1st Women 50-59 1:36:31 LINDA SERENO SALINAS, CA 54 81.28
2nd Women 50-59 1:39:33 STELLA GIBBS PACIFIC GROVE, CA 55 79.84
3rd Women 50-59 1:44:40 BRITA BREMMER MONTEREY, CA 53 74.00
1st Women 60-69 1:59:45 LYNNE DENLEY MONTEREY, CA 62 73.11
2nd Women 60-69 2:04:32 BARBARA LEE MONTEREY, CA 63 71.33
3rd Women 60-69 2:10:42 VALERIE WHEADON SALINAS, CA 64 68.97
1st Women 70+ 2:55:22 LISA SARGISSON CARMEL, CA 73 59.39
2nd Women 70+ 3:06:14 VICTORIA SPRINGER AUSTIN, TX 70 53.18
3rd Women 70+ 3:27:38 E. RUTH MAPLES AVILA BEACH, VA 72 49.31

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 2015August 1, 2015*
*unconfirmed
  Race Date 2014  August 2, 2014
  Race Date 2013  August 3, 2013
  Race Date 2012  August 4, 2012
  Race Date 2011  August 6, 2011
Years Running3
Entrant Cap1,500
2014 Total Finishers1,011
  Men  427
  Women  584
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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