While I was doing a brutal hill run in Vacaville on Sunday that just kicked my butt, others were having much more fun racing in the Los Angeles Marathon, the San Francisco's Emerald Across the Bay 12K or the inaugural Modesto Marathon.
Here's how the Sacramento area's top runners fared:
At the S.F. 12K, 35-year-old Alan Jackson of Sacramento finished 9th overall with a time of 39:04, a 5:14 pace. The top local woman was Lindsay Nelson, 24, of Roseville at 44:49. Nelson was the third overall woman.
In Los Angeles, former Sacramento masters star Linda Somers Smith (who now lives in Southern California) was the sixth woman overall and the first Masters runner. Somers Smith, 48, logged a 2:36:33 time, easily qualifying her for the 2012 Olympic Marathon Trials. Top locals: Janine Marello, 37, of Sacramento, at 3:12:40 and Travis Meyers, 22, of Sacramento, at 3:18:15.
In Modesto, the first ever marathon was won by ultra runner Jon Olson, of Modesto, who treated the race like a training run and crossed the line at 2:43:44. The woman's winner was 29-year-old Samantha Shultz of Stockton at 3:19:21. Shultz, a bartender, is a former college sprinter running her first marathon. She told the Modesto Bee, "This is my first marathon, so I know I'm not supposed to win. I'm here because it was close to Stockton."
We couldn't find the complete race results online, but here's the link to the Mod Bee story.