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[KHTS] – More than 1,000 runners gathered at Newhall Park on Saturday morning for the 33rd annual Independence Day Classic.

The Independence Day Classic included a 5K, 10K, Kid’s K and a non-competitive walk.

Santa Clarita Runners have organized the Independence Day Classic every year. All proceeds went to benefit the cross-country teams of all six of the Santa Clarita Valley’s comprehensive high schools as well as other charities.

“Last year we gave (the schools) about $18,000 in total,” said Carl Pantoja, the race director. “They’re helping us too by volunteering at different parts of the course, like giving out water, and also helping us with registration.”

Pantoja has been race director for the past seven years, “every year we have more and more people, we’re very excited.”

Photo: Shaney Quintanilla Toscano

Photo: Shaney Quintanilla Toscano

The 5K and 10K routes were both flat and paved out. The 5K route went on the Santa Clarita parade route and the 10K went along the South Fork trail.

Some runners ran both the 5K and 10K, according to Pantoja.

John Gilbertson, 24, of Saugus, won the 5K overall with a time of 15 minutes and 16 seconds, about 4 minutes and 55 seconds per mile.

Travis Cetti, 17, of Palmdale, won the 10K overall with a time of 34 minutes and 17 seconds, about 5 minutes and 31 seconds per mile.

All Kid’s K participants receive a finishing medal.

Founded in 1980, the Santa Clarita Runners is one of the premier fitness organizations in the Santa Clarita Valley. There are over 200 members which include runners of all skill levels from beginning and returning runners, to local competitors, elite runners, and even world record holders.

 

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21 Comments

  1. Erin King Erin King says:

    My Dad ran this and came in 2nd place for his age group

  2. Ritchy was the first one to finish the kid’s 1K race.
    We had a good time!

  3. Yeni Estrada Yeni Estrada says:

    Travis Cetti you made the magazine cover

  4. Yeni Estrada Yeni Estrada says:

    Travis Cetti you made the magazine cover

  5. Chris Di Stefano says:

    No mention that Alysia Montano, the 6 time 880m National Champion and Olympian winning 1st femalw in the 5k?

  6. Rob Sklenar says:

    I think the confusion here is that Alysia Montano came to the Independence Day 5K in Newhall Park to run in the local community event. She was the first female in the race in a time of 17:38.2. That was Chris D.’s question above.

    • SCVNews.com says:

      WHAT!!?? If we had known Alysia was going to be in town, we’d have asked her to be grand marshal of the Fourth of July Parade. We’ve wanted to get Allyson for the past couple of years, but she’s always popping off to Europe around July 4 for competitions. We thought it was the same with Alysia.

      • Rob Sklenar says:

        She was a relatively last minute add to our race and was incredibly gracious. She stayed around for a quite a while talking with everyone, especially the high school runners and must have taken 100s of pictures with anyone who asked. She is a 100% class act and fantastic community role model. She would be a great Grand Marshal, though honoring Leon Worden and his mother this year was an excellent choice.

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