The fourth annual Run in the Redwoods, hosted by the Preirie Creek Redwoods State Park, drew a record amount of kids this year with a total of 13 children completing the 5K course on roads and trails near the Prairie Creek Visitor’s Center on Saturday.

A total of 77 people participated in the event, including nine virtual runners, helping the Redwood Parks Conservancy raise a total of $3,000.

All proceeds from the event will be used for visitor center services and educational programs at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park.

Virtual runners signed up for the event, paid the registration fee and recieved a shirt but did not run. Organizer Debra White said the farthest virtual runner to sign up was in Mississippi.

Although Ai-Lan McGoldrick was competing in the kids division he finished with the fastest time overall, with a time of 23:13:29. Jeff Kulp was the fastest man on Saturday, finishing in a time of 23:30:46. He was followed by the fastest woman of the day, Kathleen Brubaker with a time of 24:08:20.

Paul Savona ran the second-fastest men’s time of tthe day with a 24:20, followed by William Ference in a time of 24:43. Karen Fernandez was the second fastest woman in the 5K running a time of 27:58:02 and Kristine Pietrelli took third place with a time of 29:54:21.

Eoin McGoldrick was the second fastest kid with a time of 29:34:00 and Madison Trieu took third with a time of 29:47:62.

The annual Run in the Redwoods coincides every year with Prairie Creek’s “Bike Day on the Parkway”, when Prairie Creek closes Newton B. Drury Parkway to vehicle traffic for the day, allowing the route to be taken over by runners, hikers and bikers.

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