Jon Olsen top male finisher; Ashley Laird leads women in Santa Rosa Marathon

Modesto’s Jon Olsen and Sonora’s Ashley Laird each turned in dominating performances while winning divisions of the sixth annual Santa Rosa Marathon on Sunday.

The 40-year-old Olsen ran the 26.2 miles in 2:32:36 to defeat runner-up Mario Fraioli of San Mateo by just under two minutes.

Laird, who is 35, was the only female to finish in under three hours. She was timed in 2:58.:31. She wound up more than nine minutes ahead of runner-up Qian Zhu.

The top local finishers were Melinda Takano (3:34:18) and Bryan Bei (3:00:32).

The marathon was one of three races decided Sunday. The race began and ended at Juilliard Park while taking the runners through west Sonoma County.

The winners of the half-marathon were San Jose’s Justin Valdez (1:08:07) and Palo Alto’s Emily Kraus (1:25:51).

The quickest finishers from Santa Rosa were Andrea Guzman (1:37:00) and Kenny Brown (1:24:58).

The shortest race of the day was the 5k and winning gold medals were Elissa Zakrasek of Los Altos (18:43) and San Anselmo’s Cole Schwartz (16:43).

Santa Rosa’s Lea Stretch finished third overall with a 20:41 clocking. Local resident Guy Schott completed the course in 17:47 and that was good for fourth place.

Olsen, the male marathon winner, took the lead at the 20-mile mark.

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