The spring racing season is just starting to heat up. Last weekend, the burner was turned up a bit when local runners had a varied choice of events -- a marathon in Oakland, trail half marathon at Folsom Lake, 5K and 10K in Elk Grove.
By far the largest local turnout was at the Nutrition Fuels Fitness 5 and 10K. Marcelo Lerda, 38, of Lincoln was the overall winner at 33 minutes 44 seconds, 22 seconds ahead of second place finisher Steve Schenck, 26, of Sacramento. The women's 10K winner was Beth Zinkand Michael, 40, of Davis at 38:46.
In the 5K, Folsom's Michael Livingston (16:08) and Folson's Bridgette Styczynski (18:19) were the top male and female.
Over at Granite Beach on Folsom Lake, the Chanoko Xterra Trail Half Marathon was won for the second year in a row by Jeffrey Moreland at 1:22:24. Reno's Sarah Raitter was the top woman at 1:41:06.
The inaugural Oakland Marathon did not draw many local runners. The top finisher from these parts was Davis' Efrem Rensi, a barefoot runner The Bee profiled in 2007, at 3:32:29. Top woman: El Dorado Hills' Shannon Kuehl at 4:17:17.
UPDATE: Six local traithletes beat the 5-hour mark in the Rohto Ironman 70.3 California Triathlon in Oceanside: Michael Sparks (4:38:51); Brian Baxter (4:53:19); Justin Morejohn (4:53:33); Austin Matulonis (4:55:08), James Player (4:56:04); Eruc Russell Webb (4:56:23).