Glen Ellen runner John Litzenberg won three recent races and won his age category in two others.
Running in the Viking Classic Track Meet at Montgomery High School on April 22, he finished first overall in the 3,200 meter race in a time of 10 minutes 36 seconds. The following day, April 23, he finished first in the Calistoga Trail Ramble at Napa Bothe State Park, a 10-mile extremely hilly course, in a time of 1:14:44. And on April 30, Litzenberg won the 10K Carneros Vineyard Run in Napa in 35:40.
On May 5, he ran in the iconic Bay to Breakers in San Francisco, a 12K race, where he finished 95th overall in a time of 43:15. This was the 23rd time he’s finished in the top 100 in the race.
He came back to Sonoma for the Hit the Road Jack race on June 4, where he ran the 10K race in a time of 34:09. He was fourth overall and first in the 40-years-and-older division.
The following Sunday, June 11, he ran in the Dipsea Race from Mill Valley to Stinson Beach in Marin County. He covered the seven-mile, hilly course in 57:40, which was good for 31st place overall and earned him his 18th Black Shirt Award given to the top 35 runners.
And on July 4, Litzenberg ran in the 10K Kenwood Footrace where his time of 36:21 was good for 16th overall and first in the 40-49-year-old division.
This Sunday, he’ll be running in his 14th Napa-to-Sonoma Wine Country Half Marathon. He’s run in all of them since the inaugural race in 2004.