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Dylan Villescas wins half-marathon at Run for the Zoo

Dylan Villescas, a 26-year-old from Las Cruces, won the half-marathon in 1 hour, 10 minutes, 50 seconds, to highlight the action at the 33rd annual Run for the Zoo on Sunday.

The weather cooperated for the participants, who packed the streets near ABQ BioPark Zoo in the morning.

Five races took place, including the half-marathon, 10K timed run, 5K timed run, 5K fitness run/walk and mile fun run/walk.

All the money raised goes to the zoo, aquarium, Botanic Garden and Tingley Beach.

During this year’s race, the participants received an extra treat, as they were able to see the newest member of the zoo, a baby elephant. Rozie, a 25-year-old Asian elephant gave birth to a 3-foot tall, 200-pound baby boy. Along the course, the runners are led to the back of the zoo, where the elephants are kept.

Amber Zimmerman, a 25-year-old Albuquerquean won the half-marathon women’s division in 1:20.58.

Colin Olson, 42, of Albuquerque, won the 10K timed men’s division race in 36:06.

Anna Luna, 26, of Albuquerque, won the 10K timed women’s division race in 38:38.

Sean Dwyer, 17, of Albuquerque, won the 5K timed men’s division race in 16:06.

Kay Ulrich, 26, of Los Alamos, won the 5K timed women’s division race in 20:12.

Winners received special medals, which featured artwork of penguins on them. Penguins are due in the zoo in November, said Taylor Pellegrini, the event director.

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