ARCADIA, Calif. (March 31, 2016)–On Saturday, April 9, the 22nd annual Santa Anita Derby Day 5k run/walk will kick off a world-class day of racing at Santa Anita. Organizer expect to have over 6,000 runners and walkers enjoy one of Southern California’s most picturesque and unique courses that include a romp through the LA Arboretum, followed by a tunnel into Santa Anita’s manicured Infield and a photo finish captured on the Infield big screen.
A race with a rich history of 22 years can expect to attract a wide swath of followers over the years. Always a crowd favorite with the runners, walkers and racing fans, Triple Crown winning jockey Victor Espinoza will be leading the way through the LA Arboretum. (Chantal Sutherland Kruse has been a perennial favorite in the jockey’s division for years).
A very unique aspect to this year’s race will be the 150-plus participants over the age of 70. Yes, over the age of 70. Included in that herd of runners and walkers will be a very special 93-year-old resident of Azusa, Margaret Davis.
At the feisty age of 92, Davis won her age group in 2015 with a blazing time of 45:56 for 5k, averaging 14:46 per mile. Davis barely missed the American Age group record despite a challenging finish on the dirt track.
This year’s elite field of runners will include members of Pasadena’s “Run with US,” running club, including Mark Bartres (29:24 10K PR), Rosario Castenada (18:12 5k PR) and Natalie Miano (17:37 5k PR).
The event has experienced a steady growth since its inception, due to the personal passion of Santa Anita’s Special Projects Director, Pete Siberell. This enthusiasm has been embraced by a team of fabulous sponsors, including Methodist Hospital, which expects to field a team of over 300 employees, friends and family. Westfield Santa Anita, the LA Arboretum, Yoobi, Run with US and Saucony will all be represented as well.
Registration is available online at derbyday5k.com, at Westfield Santa Anita on Friday, April 8, or the day of the event at Santa Anita’s Gate 3, starting at 6:30 a.m. For more information, call Kinane Events at (760) 434-5255, or email email@example.com.