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In the Community: Vancouver Lake Half Marathon a breeze for some

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Karim Shakalia, left, and Zach Dulabon lead all runners during the Vancouver Lake Half Marathon.
Karim Shakalia, left, and Zach Dulabon lead all runners during the Vancouver Lake Half Marathon. (Photos by Zach Wilkinson/for The Columbian) Photo Gallery

Nearly 200 runners braved blustery conditions at the Vancouver Lake Half Marathon on Sunday.

Zachary Dulabon had plenty of wind in his sails. The 23 year old from Vancouver won the annual race in 1 hour, 9 minutes, 53 seconds.

Just four seconds behind was Karim Shakalia, a 31 year old from Vancouver.

Sara Sanchez, a 31-year old from Seattle was the fastest woman. She finished in 1:25:45

The annual race starts and ends at Vancouver Lake Regional Park. The flat course includes an multiple out and backs along Erwin O. Reiger Memorial Highway and to Frechman’s Bar.

The event, put on by Clark County Running Club, drew runners from across the Northwest and from a wide range of ages. Joseph Blanshan, a freshman from La Center High, placed seventh in 1:18:55.

Madison Wick, a 15 year old from Vancouver, won the four-mile race in 29:17.

Keep on running into March

Now that another Vancouver Lake Half Marathon is in the books, time to set sights on March running events.

The 6th Annual Couve Clover Run is March 22. It features a 3-, 7- or 10-mile course along an extremely fast and scenic course and the event supports local charities.

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Zack Freeman of Tigard, Ore.,lies down in the grass after completing the Vancouver Lake Half Marathon.
Vancouver Lake Half Marathon Photo Gallery

Until March 20, registration fees range for adults are $80 for 10 miles, $70 for 7 miles and $50 for 3 miles. Juniors are $35 for the 7 miles and $25 for the 3 miler. Runners under 12 are free for the 3-mile event.

Day of registration fees increase by $5 to $10.

For more information or to register go online to https://couvecloverrun.raceroster.com or call 360-314-4682.

Club Green Meadows’ Gomez going to nationals

Carlos Gomez, a teaching tennis pro at Club Green Meadows, recently won the USTA 18-and-over 4.5 Sectionals at Vancouver Tennis Center to earn a trip to the USTA National Championships in Surprise, Ariz., in April.

Gomez, of Vancouver, is ranked 16th in the Pacific Northwest Section for men’s 4.5 singles.

He beat No. 2 seed Wataru Ueno of Seattle in the first round of the Pacific Northwest Sectional Championship 0-6, 6-1, 10-8.

Gomez then defeated Sankaran Gangaikondan of Bellevue 6-2, 6-2 in the semifinals, and got a walkover in the final over top seed Thomas McGirk of Vancouver due to injury.

Gomez also played in the 5.0 singles, going 1-2 in round robin.

National team tennis title for Pike

Yumiko Pike from Club Green Meadows and her team placed first at the USTA 65-over Invitational Nationals at the USTA National Campus at Orlando, Fla., in early February.

Pike’s team played six matches in three days and was the only Pacific Northwest section team in the tournament.

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