Over 200 runners attended the third annual Menifee Half-Marathon on Saturday, May 17 at 7:30 a.m. There was some concern over the air quality due to the recent fires but they were given the approval by race coordinator Bob Duistermars because there was a decrease in winds.
Mayor Scott Mann blew the horn, starting the 13.1 mile race in front of Mt. San Jacinto Community College. The runners then headed south on Antelope Road then to Garbani to Briggs then Holland to Menifee Road and back on Antelope finishing back at MSJC.
Throughout the course volunteers worked water stations giving support, help, and hydration to the competitors of the marathon.
Runners of all ages took part in both the half-marathon and the 5K race. Racers included Eduardo Ayala, a 44-year-old member of the Air Force, and his 6-year-old German Shepherd mix dog, Max.
When Ayala and Max finished the race, Max received a medal, as well as the other runners. 15-year-old Kyle Davis was the overall winner of the companion 5K race with the time of 16:34; the top female finisher in the 5K was 36-year-old Chauntai Marchal with a time of 22:48.
The overall winner of the half-marathon was 44-year-old Thomas Beyer with a finished time of 1:25:31, Timothy Christoni clocked in at 1:29:33. The top female finisher was 32-year-old Stephanie Bangora, who placed ninth overall, with a time of 1:42:36.
An estimated $12,000 – $14,000 was raised through registration fees that will benefit local youth, family, and community programs.
For complete race results of both the half-marathon and 5K race, or to learn about the annual Menifee Half-Marathon, visit www.menifeehalf.com.