Running: Pace Race returns Tuesday following a two-week layoff

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Romeros, Wilfen all tie for top prediction this week

After an unexpected two-week hiatus, the Atomic City Roadrunners hit the ground running this week.
The Roadrunners hosted their weekly Pace Race Tuesday night in White Rock. The race route went along Sherwood Boulevard and Piedra Loop and included the usual 1- and 3-mile courses.
It was a good turnout Tuesday following the Las Conchas Fire evacuation.
“We had 31 people show up, which is good,” Roadrunners’ official Ted Williams said. “Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and were glad to be back.”
The club had hoped to run July 5 but with  local trail closures and several regular competitors still trickling back into town, having the race wasn’t practical.
Three runners tied for top honors Tuesday. Daniel Romero, Alexander Romero and Theresa Wilfen all finished two seconds off their predicted finish times.
On the 1-mile course, the fastest finisher was Charlotte Leondard, posting a time of 8:14. Zac Jones, 7, was the top-finishing male  with his time of 10:50.
On the long course, twin brothers Michael and Jamie Jablin tied for the top finish (18:19) and Maddy Foley was the fastest female finisher (26:11).
The next Pace Race will start just north of the roundabout at San Ildenfonso Road and Diamond Drive. Race time is 6 p.m.
For more information, call 662-4107 or visit the club’s website, www.atomicrunners.com.