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2nd Annual Cloverdale Harvest Marathon

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012 | Posted by

The 2nd Annual Cloverdale Harvest Marathon, Half Marathon and 5k Fun Run / Walk, sponsored by the Cloverdale Kiwanis, will kick-off at the Citrus Fairgrounds on Sunday, October 21.

70-year old Caron Anderson ran the half marathon with a time of 2:16:34.

The Marathon and Half Marathon both start at 7:30 a.m., while the 5k Fun Run / Walk begins at 9 a.m., with the fairgrounds being the beginning and ending point for all events.

To compete in the Harvest Marathon, participants must be able to complete the full race in 6 hours or the half race in 5 hours. The only requirement for taking part in the 5K Fun Run / Walk is a willingness to have fun.

Last year, runners from all over California participated, as well a few from Maryland, Michigan, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and even from as far away as Canada. The oldest female competitor was Caron Anderson, 70, from San Francisco, and Ron Franklin, 69, from Sonoma was the oldest male. It was a tie between Brandon Gregori of Cloverdale and Tanner Tiemann of Sebastopol, both 11, for the youngest.

Thirty-five year old Chris Spangenberg of Santa Rosa, who tipped the scales at 425.4 pounds at last year’s weigh-in, not only took part in his first marathon, he actually completed  the entire 26.2 mile course. It was already dark when he finally crossed the finish line at 9 p.m., exactly 13 hours and 45 minute later, and there was no trophy waiting for him. Instead, his prize was his own sense of accomplishment in completing what he had originally set out to do.

Here's proof there's no such thing as "too young" to participate in the 5k Fun Run / Walk.

There will be special activities for kids and The Linda Ferro Band will provide live entertainment throughout the day

Registration for either the full or the half marathon will include a complimentary BBQ lunch, Cloverdale-brewed ales from Ruth McGowan’s Brewpub, a selection of local wines, and a commemorative logo wine glass.

All proceeds from the event will be used to support the Cloverdale chapter of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. This innovative program, begun by Dolly Parton in 1996, fosters a love of reading in preschool children and promotes early childhood literacy.

Sponsored locally by the Kiwanis Club of Cloverdale Foundation, the Imagination Library will provide a high-quality, age-appropriate book to every Cloverdale child every month from birth until the age of five. It’s during these important first years that the seeds of literacy are sown, and literacy is the key to learning in all subjects throughout life.

For complete details and to register online, visit runthewinecountry.org.

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