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10C Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Susan Jacobson Staff Writer sjacobson@plu The 5k/10k Willie Tate Memorial River Run was an enormous success, according to race organizers with the number of entries doubling from last year. Nearly 70 runners, ages 6 to 88, positioned themselves on Gulling Street beside Portola City Hall for the start at 8 a.m on August 23. Runners that were local, as well as entries from Reno and as far away as Washington and Mississippi, expressed their appreciation of the start coming an hour earlier than in prior years. Organizers said that many past participants requested the early start to take advantage of the cool mountain morning. "Good run, perfect day out, nice that it was early; nice and cool," said Jeff Huxhold, winner of the 10k. Runners commented on the small town race and the scenic river course being a pleasant change from the large marathons that many of them participate in. Heather Wick, second place overall and the fastest woman in the 5k, said, "I do this for fun. I love the course. I love the atmosphere of the small race and it's beautiful along river." The overall winners of the 5k and the 10k were both from Reno. Ryan Ress, 40, won the 5k with a time of 18:23. Huxhold, 36, easily won the 10k with a time of 35:07. This year was the third race for Huxhold, having run in 2008 and 2011. The 5k and 10k winners are running friends who train together for marathons and have done the Tate Run for several years. Wick, 36, earned first place among the women and second overall in the 5k with a time of 21:46. Wick ran the Boston Marathon this year and this was her third year participating in the Portola event. Jeff Huxhold strides across the finish line for first place in the 10k event at the Willie Tate Memorial River Run in Portola on August 23. Photos by Susan Jacobson Neighbor GuiUermo Sanchez, 60, who is a retired railroader, originally recruited Wick to participate in the run. Sanchez finished third overall in the 5k with a time of 23:19. Ramona Sanchez, 38, finished first among the women in the 10k and second Alaskan King Crab Fresh, Wild Coho Salmon Filets 1 6 to 20 Count Jumbo Raw Large 8oz. Bone In, Family Packs Boneless Beef New York Steaks Family Packs Beef T-Bone or Porterhouse Family Packs Inthe Bag Beef Tri-Tips overall with a time of 37:18. close to 20 runners to The Reno resident said she participate in this year's ran her first Tate Run .14 event. Nelson, pregnant and years ago just two months due to deliver in two months, after having her first child, participated in the 5k along Lori Tate, widow of the late with her children and many Willie Tate said, "Ramona friends. "We did it because has many spikes (the award it's fun and we can do it with given as the trophy to top all the kids. It's a family finishers)." "She can build a thing for us!" railroad with all of the spikes Nelson's friends consisted she has," added her husband of some of the youngest Guillermo of Ramona's runners of the day, local boys success in the races. Rowdy Dollard and Joe Leal, Ramona Sanchez said both 6 years old. The pair Guillermo used to pull her posted times in the 5k of 52:07 out of bed to run because she and 52:19, respectively. wanted to get back in shape However, 10th place after her first pregnancy. He overall and first place in the brought her to the Tate Run 19 and under division in the ~ for her first race and beat 5k was Desiree Bailey, 11, her. She said after he from Susanviile who posted a finished ahead of her the first 29:42. race she decided she wanted Bailey's dad, Ray Bailey, a to "kick his butt." junior high and high school "I haven't seen her on the math teacher ran the 10k. He course since," said coaches his daughter and Guillermo. together they run eight to 10 Rounding out the top three races per year. They both say in the 10k was Regina the Willie Tate Memorial Romero, 49, who divides her River Run is one of their residency between homes in favorites and they have only Graeagle and Reno, with a missed it once since they time of 46:47. It was her first started running second race and she said she together. loves coming here. Breanne Tate, daughter of The Golden Spike award the late Willie Tate said, "It went to 88-year-old Bill was fantastic to see that Sheehan from Portola, who many people joined the run completed the 5k with a time and supported a good cause." of 61:25. "Complete race results are There was a big surge in available on the Railroad youth and family Days event online page at participation thanks to Lena Nelson. Nelson recruited Jacobson heads to New York for U.S. Ski Team training Portola's Jake Jacobson displays the many medals he has earned for trampoline. He recently has been named to the U.S. Ski Team and relocated to Lake Placid, New York, for training. Photo submitted Portola's Jake Jacobson has been named to the U.S. Ski Team in the aerial freestyle division following a tryout camp held in July. Since being named to the team, he has relocated to the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, New York. Jacobson, a former member of the USA Gymnastics national trampoline team, was recruited by the aerial program due to his strong trampoline background, despite limited experience as a skier. He has competed in the sport of trampoline since the ,age of 5 and represented the USA on many occasions, earning one world medal, four Pan-American medals, seven national championships, and hundreds of regional, state and local medals. For several years he competed as part of a gym program in Rocklin, American Powerhouse. He then moved to Indiana and Alabama before returning back to his hometown of Portola where he recently graduated from high school.