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Santa Fe runner captures Run for Zoo 5K

View of Las Conchas fire from the air, courtesy of W. Weston Sumner of Albuquerque. (sorry, reprints are not available for this image )
View of Las Conchas fire from the air, courtesy of W. Weston Sumner of Albuquerque. (sorry, reprints are not available for this image )
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FOR THE RECORD: Scott Bauhs, the 10K winner in Sunday’s Run for the Zoo, ran fourth in the 2010 USAT&F indoor 3,000-meter race featuring Galen Rupp and Bernard Lagat.

Sunday’s Run for the Zoo was a runaway for two winners and a narrow victory for another.

Santa Fe’s Ben Fletcher nosed out Rio Rancho’s Jesus Mendoza by one second to capture the 5-kilometer title in Sunday’s annual fundraiser race that benefits the ABQ BioPark Zoo, Aquarium, Botanic Garden and Tingley Beach. Fletcher covered the course in 16 minutes, 10 seconds.

Albuquerque’s Lisa Valle (18:49) ran first among all females. The field in total was 2,213 runners, according to the race website. All of Sunday’s races were sold out, and race officials said some 12,000 participated in all the events.

Scott Bauhs, a professional distance runner out of Mammoth Lakes, Calif., averaged 5:06 per mile and wasn’t pushed in the 10K. He secured a 47-second margin of victory over second-place Jordan Desilets of Pinckney, Mich. Bauhs finished in 31:43.

Bauhs is a former NCAA Division II cross-country champion from Chico State (Calif.) and ran fourth in the 3,000 meters here in 2010 at the USAT&F national indoor meet. That field included Bernard Lagat and Galen Rupp.

Albuquerque’s Mardrea Hyman (38:28) was the first 10K female finisher ahead of Tucson’s Tia Accetta (38:59).

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