New Year's Day runners take to Santa Rosa streets

  • The 2014 Resolution Run at Montgomery High School, Jan. 1, 2014 in Santa Rosa. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2014

Leslie Wolcott needed fresh legs to finish the 5K Resolution Run in Santa Rosa Wednesday morning.

Not her legs, mind you.

Wolcott, who lives along the route that starts at Montgomery High School on Hahman Drive and wraps around the surrounding Montgomery Village neighborhood, made a pit stop at her house after her 8-year-old cattle dog Tio got tuckered out by her pace. She leashed up 4-year-old Zoe, another cattle dog, and raced on to finish the 3.1-mile course in 29:34.

2014 Santa Rosa Resolution Run


"I'm good with that," she said, smiling.

Finish times are not typically the focus of the annual run hosted by The Empire Runners Club that has grown in popularity each year since it was launched more than two decades ago. This year a record number 351 runners participated.

Race director Val Sell said a two-tiered start allows elite runners to take off about 10 minutes before those "resolites" who, while using the race to kickstart new, healthy habits for 2014, might still prefer a more leisurely pace.

"The idea is, we would rather have you out here walking than not here at all," she said.

Dogs are many, strollers are, too.

That's not to say there were no speedsters toe-ing the line Wednesday morning.

The Bowen sisters provided a one-three punch in the women's division. National champion Rylee Bowen, 14, of Santa Rosa took first place with a record-setting time of 17:59. Her sister, Kate Bowen, 12, finished third in 18:44. Taylor Falk, 20, finished second in 18:35.

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