Whitaker, Stuart win 5k races at final Nite Moves

Nite Moves Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara’s Tom Whitaker cruises through Shoreline Park on his way to victory in Nite Moves’ 5k run.

The final Nite Moves of 2012 was held on Wednesday night as Tom Whitaker and Kate Stuart captured the year’s final victories in the weekly summer 5k run at Shoreline Park.

For ocean swimmers, it was yet another week without City Lifeguards due to great white shark sightings, the latest of which came on Monday?outside the Santa Barbara Harbor. That didn’t stop dozens of competitors from embarking on the 1k ocean swim.

James Bray completed the swim in 15:16 and went on to win the equation in 37:30. Eric Widmer was a close second at 37:40. Leslie Roth won the women’s aquathon in 42:13.


Whitaker’s winning time in the 5k run was 18:27. Stuart came in third overall in a time of 18:45.

The 5k run attracted 256 participants.

For a season-ending collections of photos from throughout the Nite Moves season can be found HERE.

Nite Moves Event Director Jake Clinton talks to the swimmers about the lack of lifeguards prior to the start of the 1k ocean swim off Leadbetter Beach. (Presidio Sports Photos)