|Super Bowl Sunday 10k
Redondo Beach, CA - Feb. 6, 2005
The course was exactly the same as in previous years. It started
just north of the Redondo Pier and headed north along Harbor Blvd.
There was an uphill as the course looped inland and then south.
Looping back at the south end in Torrance, it returned to a coastal
street above the bluffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Passing the
Redondo Pier, there was a nice downhill just before the finish
Many of the big guns were missing this year, but other faces
replaced them, which made for a different race. The start was at a
moderate pace, so there were quite a few skaters at the front after
the first mile. Those in the lead pack finally broke off from the
rest of the skaters going up the series of gradual hills over the
next half mile.
There were several surges and periods of rest as the course made
quite a few turns. A small group of skaters who had initially
dropped in one of the sprints was able to catch back up. Everybody
seemed to have taken their turn pulling. The lead pack was still
ten strong, eight men and two women, going into the last mile.
Scott Wolf (Mogema) went off on a very early sprint through the last
left turn back onto Catalina Ave. with over half a mile to go.
Howard Yeh (SDSE) gave chase, but the rest of the pack was unable
to bridge the gap. Scott and Howard worked together to stay away
and then battled it out in the final sprint. Approaching the finish,
Scott was able to find a better line through some rough pavement at
the intersection of Beryl Ave. to take the win over Howard. Brian
Talley (Safe) beat the others in the chase pack to take third place
Among the women, the race for the top position was a duel between
Jenni Armstrong (LA Speed), the defending champion, and Peggy
Girgenti. Both skaters were in the lead men's pack. They kept an eye
on each other and made sure that they were never separated. Into the
final sprint, Jenni was able to outpower Peggy to defend her title.
Breanna Klinger finished in a later pack for third place overall.
Once again, San Diego Street Elite had more members participating
at this event than any other team. Award-winning finishers include:
Carl Yee - 2nd place age
Howard Yeh - 2nd place overall
Brandon Thorsten - 3rd place age
Luis Illanes - 2nd place age
LiNeal Pelton - 1st place age
Cathy McCormick - 2nd place age
Congratulations to all. The Superbowl Sunday 10k is one of SDSE's
favorite event and we look forward to next year's race.