Amy Alzina ran the fastest women’s 5k race of the season at Nite Moves on Wednesday, lowering the season-best time by nearly a full minute to a new standard of 18 minutes and 23 seconds.
The previous best belonged to Anna Harleen who ran the 5k in 19:16 on July 25th.
Two men also broke into the season’s top-five times. Cory Smith won the overall race in 15:54 and now holds the second-fastest men’s time of the season behind Michael Coe’s 15:11 set on May 30. Wednesday’s second-place finisher Tyler Hansen crossed at 16:26, the season’s new fourth-best time.
Despite reports of a great white shark swimming just off Leadbetter Beach the previous evening, the 1k ocean swim was held. The news must have caused some to think twice, as only 66 people participated in the ocean swim compared to 151 just the week before. Nite Moves’ ocean swim is conducted a short paddle from where the shark sighting occurred.
This is the second time of the summer that Nite Moves’ ocean swim has been affected by reports of a great white.
Steven Hunt had no fear on his way to the ocean swim victory in 14:10. Jason Smith, Les Burnett and Norbert Hoehne followed Hunt with sub-15 minute times.
Hoehne went on to claim the aquathon title in a total of 37:57. Hoehne’s swim was fastest among aquathoners and his run was fourth best. Greg Peterson was fifth in the swim and sixth in the run for second overall.
Nite Moves returns next Wednesday to Leadbetter Beach and Shoreline Park for its 17th week.