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Runner, coach Litzenberg stays competitive

With the Sonoma Valley High School fall sports season just getting underway, Glen Ellen resident and standout long-distance runner John Litzenberg is currently tending to his duties of preparing his Dragon runners as Sonoma’s head cross-country coach.

But Litzenberg, an SVHS (1988) and Columbia University (1992) graduate and long-distance running star, continues to race at a high level and has had another busy, but successful, competitive spring and summer racing season.

In a pair of June races, Litzenberg, 44, a multi-10K-race champion, again won Sonoma’s annual and popular Hit the Road Jack 10K title in 34:49.

Then Litzenberg ran the famed and grueling seven-mile Dipsea Race from Mill Valley, over Mount Tamalpais, to Stinson Beach, and turned in another strong effort that saw him finish in 23rd place with a time of 55 minutes, 55 seconds and earn his 14th straight, and 16th overall, prized black shirt.

At the oldest 10K in California, Litzenberg ran faster than the previous year and, while again winning the master’s men’s division, posted an eighth-place finish at the Kenwood Footrace on Fourth of July in 35:27.

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