SLACers Run, Walk & Roll
Runners McKee and Ranade sprint for the finish line.
(Photo by Kathy Bellevin)
By Linda DuShane White
On a crisp November day, under a blue sky studded with
billowy clouds, about 120 SLAC employees turned out at the Klystron
Gallery for the 31st Annual
Run, Walk and Roll. Ranging in age from 20 to
70, the enthusiastic group included serious athletes, occasional walkers
and everything in between.
The race was divided into three sections: in-line skaters
started first, followed by runners and then walkers. Both skaters and
runners competed for finishing times; walkers were not timed. After the
race Neil Calder (COM) announced the winners in the various categories.
Some of the winners, from left: Pratap Ranade
(Stanford U), Bobby McKee (TD), Theanne Schiros (ESRD), Ashley Deacon
(SG), Laura Robinson (non-SLAC), Knut Skarpaas (RD), Warren Focke
(Group K) and Jym Clendenin (AD) (Photo by Diana
The two overall running winners were Theanne Schiros (ESRD)
(women) and Ashley Deacon (SG) (men). Knut Skarpaas (RD) won the in-line
skate race with a time of 11:14. He beat his own record from two years ago by
Skarpaas designed his own custom-made suit. He explained
that his suit, containing all the colors of the rainbow, is made of a
"secret fabric" that is aerodynamically advantageous. His skates were also
custom made. Skarpaas skated four weeks ago in the Long Beach World Cup,
and is ranked as a pro in the in-line skating field.
Herman Winick (SSRL) was recognized as the Oldest Running
Winner (Age 70). He lobbied successfully for a 70+ category, which was
created on the spot. As the only 70-year-old entrant, Calder awarded
Winick the winner in this category.
Knut Skarpaas (RD) wears a custom-made, aerodynamic
suit. (Photo by Diana Rogers)
It was the first race for walker Concepcion Zelaya (RD).
"It was great," she said. "Very nice camaraderie. We were in groups. I am
a very big advocate of walking for overall health. At first I had to make
myself do it, now I really enjoy it."
Others have run the race numerous times. "This is my 7th
consecutive SLAC Run," said Rich Malec (TD). "Iíve completed four Bay to
Breakers. My goal is to complete 25 consecutive races of each."
For a complete list of winners as well as more details
about the race, see: