Local runners shine in La Palma Fitness Run for Fun

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Runners take off for the start of the La Palma Run for Fun 5K on July 4.

Garden Grove resident Jose Penaloza, 23, was the top finisher in the La Palma Fitness Run for Fun 5K on July 4. Penaloza finished the course in 15:55, ahead of Caleb VanderBaan, of Yuma Arizona, who finished in 16:08.

La Palma had three runners finish in the top 10, led by Justin Singer, 14, who took fourth overall in a time of 17:14. La Palma residents Kevin Mar, 19, and Christopher Isidro, 16, were eighth and ninth respectively.

Scott Locken, 32, of La Palma was 16th overall and first in his age division, with a time of 20:28. Isaac Patino, 27, of Buena Park was 17th overall, followed by Nicholas Perez, 17, of La Palma in 20:41.

Armando Ramirez, 52, of Buena Park was 21st overall and first in his age division, with a time of 21:41. Jeffrey Luu, 16, of La Palma was 28th overall in 23:15 and Ramiro Rojo, 35, of Buena Park was 32nd overall in 24:05. David Martyn, 53, of Cypress was 33rd overall and fifth in his age division. Derek Parks, 37, of Cypress was 38th overall, followed by Derek Malloy, 59, also of Cypress, in a time of 24:57. Malloy was followed by Dave Maier, 67, of La Palma, in a time of 25:07. Both were second in their respective age divisions.

Cathy Imai, 46, of La Palma was the top local female finisher in a time of 25:53. She was sixth place female and first in her age division. Lupe Retamosa, 47, of La Palma was 55th overall, while Lindsay Barnese, 34, of Cypress was 58th overall. Kaitlyn Gilbreth, 11, of La Palma was 62nd overall, in a time of 27:51, followed by Ebony Harvey, 37, of Buena Park, who was 63rd overall and 10th in her age division. Jane Allison, 53, of Cypress was 66th overall, and 14th in her age division, with a time of 28:20.

The top finisher in the 10K was Michael Fanning, 31, of La Habra, with a time of 35:25. Top local finishers included Roderick Powell, 62, of Garden Grove, who finished in 43:21, good for the top time in his age division. Alan Otani, 47, of Seal Beach was seventh overall and second in his age division, with a time of 45:47.

Myles Furuya, 21, of La Palma was 12th overall, and first in his age division with a time of 48:07. Tim Weidenkeller, 59, of Los Alamitos, was 13th overall and first in his division, with a time of 48:13, followed by Manuel Cardoso, 35, of La Palma, who took 14th overall and second in his division.

Brandon Imai, 15, of La Palma was 16th overall and first in his age division with a time of 49:39. Ethan Lee, 15, of La Palma was 19th overall and second in his division, while Greg Phillips, 51, of Seal Beach was 21st overall and first in his division with a time of 51:47.

Harris Saddul, 44, of La Palma was 26th overall and second in his age division, while Clark Hannah, 56, of Buena Park was 27th overall. Alexander Born, 15, of Los Alamitos was 28th overall and third in his division, with a time of 54:18. Dylan Harlan, 33, of La Palma was 31st overall.

Gina Esparza, 50, of La Palma was the top local female, taking eighth overall among women in a time of 56:50. Stephanie Born, 44, of Los Alamitos was 16th among women, followed by Laura Brodnax, 35, of Cypress who was 17th among women in a time of 1:04:41. Lisa Masui, 63, of Cypress was 18th among women and Jennifer Crockett, 41, of La Palma was 20th among women.

Places 21 through 25 among women were, in order, Leny Banal, 50, of Buena Park, Aimee Lara, 41, of La Palma, Rebeca Villarreal, 43, of Anaheim, Alison Buenviaje, 32, of La Palma and Tina Weidenkeller, 48, of Los Alamitos.

A link to complete results can be found on the City of La Palma’s website, at cityoflapalma.org.

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