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Run For The Cheese Races Mark Start Of Expo
A big crowd, said to be at least 120 more than last year, starts off the 5K and 10K legs of this years Run for the Cheese, the start of the Cheese and Wine Expo weekend in Riverbank. Dual courses, one for each race, were laid out in the neighborhood of the Galaxy Theatres complex.

Runners, joggers, walkers, strollers, and a wheelchair racer kicked off the Cheese and Wine Expo weekend in Riverbank on Saturday morning, Oct. 14.

Organizers had to delay the start of the race because of a glitch in the timing system, as well as a crush of last minute registrants. They noted there were at least 120 more entrants than last year.

So the 8 a.m. starting gun was held up for a bit, but the crowd got onto the course about 8:20 a.m., with the morning sunrise greeting them from the east. The course began on Jackson Street, next to the Galaxy Theatres complex, wound north through the neighborhood before diverging, 5K one way, 10K the other.

The finish stretch came down the back of the theater building and through the timing tower, where a running clock was displayed.

The Men’s 5K winner recorded a time of 17:50.739 officially, a few seconds faster than last year’s displayed time at the finish. Men’s 5K winner was Jesse Santana, 46. The Women’s 5K winner clocked 20:50, some three minutes longer than the winning time in the men’s division. The women’s 5K winner was Nancy Eubanks, officially at 20:50.218.

All the official race results are posted on the Modesto ShadowChase Running Club website’s results page, visit and scroll down to Run for the Cheese.

There were runners in multiple age divisions in both the 5K and 10K competitions.