Litzenberg wins 5K Vintage Run
SVHS fundraiser’s top-35 finishers
Inspired by being both a competitive long-distance runner and a coach helping put on a benefit for his cross country program, Glen Ellen’s John Litzenberg defended his title by racing to a 5K victory in the recent annual Vintage Run, which started and ended at Sebastiani Winery’s parking lot.
Held as a fundraiser for Sonoma Valley High School’s cross country and track and field programs during the Valley’s Vintage Festival weekend, Litzenberg, the Dragons’ cross country head coach and track and field long-distance coach, won the race, and his 40-to-44-years-old age-group, in 16 minutes, 44 seconds.
The top Vintage Run women’s finisher was Quinn Jensen of Sonoma, who ran in the 14-years-old-and-under age-group and claimed the overall eighth spot in 20:51.
Rounding out the top-35 were Michael Sebastiani (Sonoma, Men-35-39 first-place), 19:39; Jackson (Sonoma, M-35-39 second), 19:47; Aaron Westlake (Sonoma, M-40-44 second), 20:24; Austino Garcia (Sonoma, M-15-19 first), 20:37; Brad Day (Sonoma, M-30-34 first), 20:43; Rod Whiteman (Sonoma, M-55-59 first), 20:43; Brian Baadte (Sonoma, M-40-44 third), 20:59; Rob Elders (Sonoma, M-35-39 third), 21:00; Greg Harris (Sonoma, M-50-54 first), 21:15; Heather Gilardi (Sonoma, Female-35-39 first), 21:18; Ryan Payton (St. Charles, MO., M-30-34 second), 21:30; Barry Sheridan (Sonoma, M-44-49 first), 21:34; Michael Sheldon (Sonoma, M-40-44 fourth), 21:40; Ryland Stamey (Santa Rosa, M-15-19 second), 22:09; Dean Gilardi (Sonoma, M-35-39 fourth), 22:15; Edgar Cardosa (Sonoma, M-30-34 third), 22:22; Clint Ponder (Sonoma, M-30-34 fourth), 22:32; and Jack Boydell (Sonoma, M-14-and-under first), 22:35.
Completing the top-35 were Chris Edwards (Sonoma, M-35-39 fifth), 22:42: Tony Reate (Sonoma, M-50-54 second), 22:54; Liam Sheldon (Sonoma, M-14-and-under second), 22:57; Kevin Rosser (Sonoma, M-35-39 sixth), 23:11; Marc Probst (Sonoma, M-15-19 third), 23:15; Anthony Mulas (Sonoma, M-25-29 first), 23:25; Thomas Fonseca (Sonoma, M-45-49 second), 24:19; Katie Sebastiani (Sonoma, F-35-39 second), 24:21; Robin Granko (Sonoma, F-40-44 first), 24:24; Caitlin Shaw (Santa Rosa, F-14-and-under second), 24:27; Rose Gonnella (Santa Rosa, F-14-and-under third), 24:29; Dave Cain (Sonoma, M-50-54 third), 24:32; Janet Cain (Sonoma, F-60-64 first ), 24:37; Jody Wong (Sonoma, F-30-34 first), 24:49; and Dominic Restno (Santa Rosa, M-14-and-under third), 24:59.
The children’s up-to-8-years-old “Tiny Tracks” race first-place finisher was Nicolas Sebastiani.