|Race on the Base 10k
Los Alamitos, CA - Feb. 21, 2004
The course was on the base's runways. Competitors started down
the tarmac and then proceeded to the furthest runway. Skaters
then returned down a jetway, back up a second runway, and
finished back on the tarmac. Of course, it was completely flat,
giving spectators a complete view of the action when aided with
binoculars. Various military aircraft dotted the course for
The race started off with a bang. Aided with a tailwind down the
tarmac, skaters took off at a fast pace. Turning onto the
furthest runway, competitors were greeted with a stiff headwind.
The lead pack of around ten skaters kept the pace high, but no
breakways were attempted. Returning down the jetway with a
tailwind, the skaters attempted to catch the pace motorcycle,
but the police officer was aware of the action and did not allow
Coming back into the headwind up the second runway, Scott Wolf
sprinted past the pack. Everybody immediately chased, but into
the wind the pack simply broke up. With over a quarter mile to
go, the rest of the race was just a disorganized pursuit to the
finish. Scott Wolf took the win uncontested, with Jordan Malone
second and Troy Atwell third.
Peggy Girgenti finished solo shortly after the men's pack for
the women's victory. Second place went to Mechele Busby and
Haley Galbraith took third.
SDSE members who braved the risky weather for this race
included Luis Illanes, Carl Yee, Tara Yee (third place 25-39),
and Howard Yeh (third place 25-39).
This was a fun local race and another one of what we hope is
a resurgence of inline skating events in southern California.