first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “Honestly, I didn’t know the finish. We didn’t come here yesterday, we didn’t get our race packets until this morning,” said Lewis, who had a time of 1 hour, 13 minutes, 9.72 seconds. “When I saw it was this, I was like, /\x27/Oh, it’s going to be really good.” It’s a really good finish, there’s not a lot of downhill finishes like that, that we race on.” The first women’s racer to finish was Sara Sayasane, who crossed with a time of 1:24:08.69 to win the pro category. Modesto’s Chris Adams finished first (1:18:43.61) in the pro masters men’s category on a crowded course that was shared by the bike tour. “It was a good finish, a good, fast finish,” said Adams, who also won his category in the in-line skating race in 2002. “Probably about halfway through (the race), we got mixed up with a lot of bikers, but it really wasn’t that bad.” After the top racers in both the men’s and women’s pro categories had finished, the fact the two courses were so close nearly put a major damper on the day. A group of about a dozen in-line skaters mistakenly attempted to cross the finish line on the wrong side of the barricade, with some of the last riders in the bike tour. Spectators and organizers yelled and looked on as the two groups managed to avoid any major pileups, but the skaters had to walk over and cross the in-line finish before their time could be recorded. One of the in-line skaters involved in the mishap, Philadelphia native Josh Willis, said the group was told to cross the finish line, and he tried to get the others to do so to claim their times. “You’re going down the wrong way! Skaters are on the wrong side!” Yes, the Long Beach International City Bank Marathon in-line race had a new finish line. And yes, there were moments of confusion. That new location, complete with curve and downhill stretch just before the end, seemed to promise plenty of drama. But fortunately for the competititors, moving the end from its usual level place on Ocean Boulevard to a spot near the Shoreline Drive finishes of the other races in the 21st running of the Long Beach Marathon led to a minimum of spills, and only one near-disaster. The first person to cross the finish line Sunday was Dane Lewis of Sacramento, who won the pro men’s race representing the team sponsored by Hyper Wheels and Salt Creek Mortgage. center_img “I was screaming my head off, but nobody really heard me. I saw the next pack coming in, and I went and put my foot across the line,” said Willis, who was competing in the Open Division. “I just hope somebody got something on tape that they can use to figure out who actually won.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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