The Mount Wilson Trail Race returned to Sierra Madre Saturday, this year marking the 54th running of the race itself.
Runners embarked from the Kersting Court pavement just after 7:30 a.m. on the 8.6 mile course, up Baldwin Avenue and to the Mount Wilson Trail, which is a three foot dirt path at its widest. From town to the turnaround point at Orchard Camp, 4.3 miles away, runners cover an elevation gain of 2,100 feet.
Emergency support for the runners was provided by the Sierra Madre Search and Rescue team and Boy Scout and Cub Scout troops provided water at two locations along the trail.
Mayor Josh Moran playfully called the trail, "the most grueling 8.6 anyone can handle. Please notice... I am not on it," he added with a smile.
325 runners participated in Saturday's race, 73 of them from Sierra Madre. Others traveled from all over California and as far as Georgia and New Jersey to join in the historic race.
Sierra Madre's 16-year-old Aaron Zambrano finished less than one minute after the overall winner Jon Clark of Santa Margarita. Trish Marshall of Sierra Madre finished third overall in the women's division. Trail race legend Lono Tyson, who is 84-years-old, also ran on Saturday.
Here are the top male and female finishers:
- Jon Clark, 1:02:53
- Aaron Zambrano, 1:03:45
- Eli Rodriguez, 1:04:09
- Michelle Barton, 01:19:38
- Mireya Vargas, 01:24:51
- Trish Marshall, 1:25:01
Race attendants also enjoyed an exciting kids race, refreshments provided by sponsors in the beer garden, local arts and crafts, a kids art show featuring hand illustrated trail race "pendants," presentations from the local Historical Society, a raffle of assorted prizes and more over the course of the historic morning.