Run4Help exceeded its expectations when its pre-registration broke 200 in the week prior to the event prompting us to extend our registration deadline twice to accommodate the unexpected surge of support.
229 participants made the cut-off, further breaking 300 on race day, making the event one of the most well-attended race in Bakersfield. More people came and signed up on race day simply to show their support for the cause.
While this event doubled up as a fun run for the average runners, it was likewise a legitimate race for the more excellent, serious competitors. Standard race rules were in place resulting in many fun runners/walkers not officially clocked for various reasons.
At least 83 were either unable to finish, did not start, or were disqualified for not wearing their assigned numbers, or for failing to surrender their bib numbers at the finish line.
The race course which features part of the summer series route proved quite a challenge to even a strong field of serious competitors consisting of many of the experienced, fastest and young runners of Kern County & a visiting bunch from San Jose, Northridge and Los Angeles. Nonetheless, the race still produced some of the fastest times on record considering the course being actually a little more than 6K with a tough, 20-degrees uphill climb to the finish.
Young breeds Mary Chumbe, 16 and Jose Chavez, 15 captured the top overall for females and males, respectively.
The Filipino-American (Fil-AM) special division was dominated by siblings Cassandra and David Bacus who both capped the top overall Fil-AM female & male finishers. David also came in strong 3rd overall in all categories.
Another Middle Schooler Andrew Swieringa, and hardcore runners Justin Cruz who is prepping for a tough Spartan Marathon, and Cregg Weinman who still runs toe-to-toe with the competition that is four decades his junior completes the strong cast of the Top Five Overall.
Alyssa Rodriguez, 9 and Nicolas Lira, 8 topped the young milers female and male divisions. Fil-AMs Kirsten Bacorro, 10 and Kyle Jose, 8 who placed 2nd and 3rd on their respective Age Groups were the best placed Fil-AMs in the 1-mile event.