By Steve Breazeale
The San Juan Capistrano Rotary Club’s annual Ridge Events took place Saturday, October 6, with 105 runners turning out to take part in the action. Once again, the event featured a 5K and 10K trail run as well as a mountain bike poker ride. A new wrinkle in this year’s installment was a combination 10K trail run and mountain bike poker ride.
The poker ride featured participants traversing the hills of San Juan, stopping at designated break points, to collect a playing card from each of the five stations. When the rider reached the finish line, whoever had the best five-card poker hand won a prize from Buy My Bikes bike shop.
The trail runs not only attract top-level running talent, but it is also a draw for those looking to get some exercise and have fun.
Here is a rundown of the top San Juan residents who placed in their respective divisions in the 5K trail runs:
Claire Taylor, 5K- first place U18 Women. Jill Dorris, 5K- second place (fifth overall) 40-49 Women. Neil Armstrong, 5K- first place (fourth overall) 19-29 Men. Wes Phillips, 5K- first place 50-59 Men. Stephanie Blanco Gress, 5K- second place 30-39 Women. Jason Gress, 5K- third place 40-49 Men. Frances Solt, 5K- first place 50-59 Women. David Solt, 5K- first place 60-69 Men. Larry Kramer, 5K- first place 70+ Men.