The 17th Annual 5K Freedom Run was held on the Fourth of July at Robert A. Sessions Memorial Sports Park in Barstow.
This was a free run that Barstow resident Vernon Morris and other volunteers have organized each year since 2001. The run is to honor and remember those who lost their lives on Sept. 11 and also to celebrate the freedom that Americans have. This year's run had its biggest turnout ever with 138 participants.
Marvin Gonzalez, 23, was the first male to cross the finish line with a time of 17:33. The rest of the top male runners finished as follows:
Tied for second: Rodrigo Arias and Jeffrey Holliday
Fourth place: Dayne O’Brien
Fifth place: Jalen Griego
Karen Morales, 14, finished first in the female division, with a time of 23:06. The remainder of the top female runners finished as follows:
Second place: Yaneli Hernandez
Third place: Analyssa Sixtos
Fourth place: Jasmine Smith
Fifth place: Paula Gutierrez
With the race growing in popularity every year, a kids’ division was added for runners 13 and younger. Jabez Chavez won the boys’ race with a time of 23:23 and Angelina Vasquez took the girls’ race with a time 21:41 — the fastest female time of the day.
The remainder of top ten kids finished as follows:
Second place: German Carvallo
Third place: Lorenzo Loomis
Fourth place: Cameron Zucco
Fifth place: Vito Nunez
Second place: Jasmine Ortega
Third place: Kaiya Loomis
Fourth place: Tasi Lealofi
Fifth place: Mia Ortiz
The winners in each division received a free watermelon to take home and enjoy with their families for the holiday.