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Blanco prevails in Firehouse Run’s return

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JACKSONVILLE — After a year away due to the pandemic, Zachery Blanco was the big winner Saturday in the 19th running of the Britt Woods Firehouse Run, braving the near-triple-digit heat despite an early-morning start to record the fastest time of the day on the 10-kilometer course.

The 25-year-old Blanco, a member of the Rogue Valley Runners in Ashland, recorded an adjusted time of 62 minutes, 45 seconds in the unique handicapped event that favors the young and the senior, and the women over the men in the Dipsea handicap system.

Blanco’s actual time was 40:45.

Seventeen-year-old Madison Wilt, a senior-to-be at Grants Pass High School and one of the top distance runners in the Southern Oregon Conference this past spring, finished second overall and was the top female finisher with an adjusted time of 65:19 (56:19 actual time).

John Lucas, 53, came in third with a chip time of 67:29. Grif Wilder, 59, was fourth with a chip time of 67:28, while Jeremy Reynolds was close behind in fifth at 67:29.

Four challenging hills faced runners over the 6.2-mile course that weaves through the Britt Woods landscape in downtown Jacksonville. The event was canceled last year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A total of 75 runners competed in four events, with over 50 of those part of the 10K main event.

TOP 20 FINISHERS

1, Zachery Blanco, 62.45; 2, Maddie Wilt, 65.19; 3, John Lucas, 67.28; 4, Grif Wilder, 67.29; 5, Jeremy Reynolds, 67.46; 6, Christ Mansuetti, 68.55; 7, Janelle Ralph, 69.39; 8, Chuck Whiteley, 70.02; 9, Mike Dix, 71.08; 10, Nathan Oliva, 71.25.

11, Damia Mazquite, 72.39; 12, Jeffrey Stone, 74.45; 13, Bruce Reid, 75.34; 14, Mary Sturley, 75.46; 15, Andy Sutterfield, 75.47; 16, Melissa Carlson, 76.08; 17, Charles Hodge, 77.39; 18, Ben Fox, 77.42; 19, Joe Sanchez, 82.98; 20, Jami Claborn, 82.15.

Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneZachery Blanco makes his way on the trails in Jacksonville winning the Britt Woods Firehouse Run 10k Saturday morning.
Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune17-year-old Maddie Wilt makes her way uphill on the trails in Jacksonville winning the Britt Woods Firehouse Run 10k Saturday morning.
Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneChuck Whiteley makes a turn uphill on the trails in Jacksonville during the Britt Woods Firehouse Run 10k Saturday morning.
Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneLynn Gervais makes an order on her phone while crossing a bridge on the trails in Jacksonville during the Britt Woods Firehouse Run 10k Saturday morning.
Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneMelissa Carlson makes a turn uphill on the trails in Jacksonville during the Britt Woods Firehouse Run 10k Saturday morning.
Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneJanelle Ralph crosses a bridge on the trails in Jacksonville during the Britt Woods Firehouse Run 10k Saturday morning.
Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneCharles Hodge and Donna Hodge run on the trails in Jacksonville during the Britt Woods Firehouse Run 10k Saturday morning.
Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneSue Carrie Miller crosses a bridge on the trails in Jacksonville during the Britt Woods Firehouse Run 10k Saturday morning.