Big Sur is a tough marathon. Hilly, often windy. Great views, sure. But most people agree it adds about 10 minutes to your normal marathon time on a flat course -- say, the CIM or Chicago.
All of which makes us even more impressed by Rich Hanna's performance Sunday at Big Sur. Hanna (pictured), 45, perhaps best known around these parts as the race director of the Run to Feed the Hungry and the
Cowtown Urban Cow Half Marathon, has long been one of Northern California's fastest and most versatile runners -- cross country 5Ks to ultramarathons.
On this day, Hanna finished fourth in 2 hours 33 minutes 49 seconds. (Daniel Tapia won in 2:26:09.) Age-graded, Hanna posted the best time.
The second local male Big Sur finisher was Sven Hausner, 38, of Davis at 3:23:07. Kari Haus, 27, of Davis was the top female at 3:24:51, followed by Sacramento's Michelle La Sala at 3:27:45.
There were three other smaller races over the weekend -- the Folsom Point Trail 50K, the Nevada City Spring Run 5K and 10K and the Spear It 5K in Stockton. We couldn't find results anywhere online. Let us know how you did. UPDATE 4/27: Sacramento's Brad Lael, age 45, won the Folsom 50K in a time of 4 hours 8 minutes 53 seconds; Brian Miller of El Dorado Hills was second at 4:14. In Stockton, the top local finisher was Sacramento's Jose Pimental, who placed 11th at 17:14.
Meanwhile, many local runners arecompeting this coming weekend in the Miwok 100K in Marin County, the Avenue of the Giants Marathon in Humboldt County or the Eugene (Ore.) Marathon, where you'll find me, by the way.
To gear up for the big races, how about having a big laugh. Check out this humorous post about "15 Things You Don't Want to See While Running a Marathon."