Local runner Dave Kille once again won the 90-and-older age group at last month’s Ojai Classic Heart and Sole 10K. Kille continues to serve as a source of motivation for runners in the Ojai Valley. (photo submitted)
The American Heart Association Ojai Classic Heart and Sole race took place last month, with the start line in front of the Baptist Church on Grand Avenue. More than 100 runners participated. The race conditions were ideal with overcast skies and moist air, but true rain did not occur until everyone was back from the run.
This year the fastest 10K runner was a female, Anissa Faulkner, who ran 41 minutes, 37 seconds for the 6.1 mile course. Faulkner’s 5-year-old twins, Emma and Olivia, also competed in the 1K run.
Local star runner Dave Kille once again dominated the 90-and-older age group with a solid 1:44 performance. Peter Aguirre, an Ojai educator, won his age group in 55:05 and Thacher’s Fred Coleman again won his age group (as he did last year) by covering the course in 52:02.
Before the race, local nurse Donna Gross kicked off the ceremonies by singing the national anthem. After the race, Jack and Marilyn Smith were honored for their 15 years of being race managers and scoreboard coordinators for both the Heart and Sole race and the October Classic. Jack Smith is retiring from his duties but has made a large contribution to the community. Henceforth the Heart and Sole 10K will be named the “Jack and Marilyn Smith 10K.” He got this recognition at the victory dinner at the house of Dr. Fred Fauvre.
© Ojai Valley News, 2015