Runners test endurance
100-mile race ends in Altadena
By Brian Day, Staff Writer
Article Launched: 09/14/2008 10:22:40 PM PDT
ALTADENA – One hundred exhausted men and women triumphantly crossed a
finish line at Loma Alta Park Sunday after completing a 100-mile foot
The park was the ending point of the 22nd Annual Angeles Crest 100-mile
Endurance Run, which began in Wrightwood 5 a.m. Saturday, race director
and founder Ken Hamada said.
The grueling race began with 139 runners, race co-director and United
Stated Forest Service volunteer Hal Winton said, for a completion rate
of about 72 percent – above the average of about 63 percent. “I love the
adventure and the challenge,” Monrovia resident Ted Liao, 47, said after
crossing the finish line.
The stock broker said it was his second year participating in the
Angeles Crest race, and his fifth 100-mile race.
Liao said though the race was difficult, “It’s gorgeous. I wouldn’t
trade it for anything.”
To cross the finish line after running 100 miles, “It’s an awesome
thing,” he added.
Runner Andy Kumeda, a 40-year-old IT manager from Sierra Madre, said
Sunday’s finish marked his fourth time running in the Angeles Crest
Kumeda, who said he’s also run 24 other 100-mile endurance races, said
the course is more difficult than most because of the steep, rugged
terrain. “This is a tough one,” he said.
Because of the difficulty, Winton said, “As race co-director, I do not
recommend running. But it is a great sport and it’s like a big family.”
Hamada said the race is only designed for dedicated runners “who have
drive and Advertisement motivation. It’s for people who can endure a
little bit of hardship.”
The winner of the race was 32-year-old Hal Koerner of Ashland, Oregon,
who finished the course in just under 18 and a half hours.
The second-place finisher was Troy Howard, 35, of Walnut Creek.
The winner of the men’s over 30 division was Justin Angle, 34, of
Seattle, Washington, the men’s 35 and up division was won by Oswaldo
Lopez, 36, of Madera, Rod Bien, 46, of Bend, Oregon, won the 40 and up
division and Rupert Romero, 45, of Huntington Park won the 45 and up
The first woman to complete the race was 38-year-old Prudence L’Heureaux
of Bend, Oregon. The women’s 30 and up division was won by Tamara
Johnson, 43, of Pleasant Hill and the 40 and up division went to Linda
Dewees, 51, of Inyokern.
Runners are only eligible to win one award, Winton explained, and if a
runner earns more than one, they receive only the more prestigious of
The race record of 17 hours and 35 minutes set by Arcadia High School
track coach Jim O’Brien in 1999 remains untouched, Winton said.
After crossing the finish line, runners caught their breath, were
congratulated by friends and family and sought treatment of blisters and
and other race-related injuries at the last of 14 aid stations staffed
by volunteer medical professionals and coordinated by medical directors
Thomas and Patricia Dwyer of Glendale.
Minor injuries such as dislocated fingers, sprains and cuts were treated
during the race, she said, but no significant injuries were reported.
In addition to entry fees and a requirement that runners complete a
50-mile race before enrolling for the Angeles Crest race, runners are
required to perform eight hours of trail clean-up, Winton said.
Runners who live locally work on the Angeles Crest race trail, he said,
while those living in other areas work on race trails in their own
“They work their butts of,” Winton said. “I make them.” Hamada added
that runners maintain the entire 100-mile length of forest trails used
in the race.