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Redondo Beach runner Harwell wins Village Runner Fourth of July 5K

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Nate Lantz (bib 933, in red, white and blue shorts) was smiling at the start and at the finish of the 26th Annual Village Runner Fourth of July 5K. The 18-year-old from Rancho Palos Verdes finished second. Photo by Jason Kihara.

by Gavin Eskenaz

Over 2,000 runners, many dressed in red, white and blue, participated in the 26th Annual Village Runner Fourth of July 5K. 

Stewart Harwell, 35, of Redondo Beach, finished first in a time of 15:42. The former UC Santa Barbara cross country runner won the Manhattan 10K in 2017 and again in 2018. Harwell said the cool morning contributed to the relatively fast times for what he called a very competitive field. 

Nate Lantz,18, of Rancho Palos Verdes, finished just six seconds behind. Shamales Abebe, 23, of Los Angeles was third in 15:50.

Anna Farello, 24, of El Segundo, was the top woman finisher in a time of 17:28, followed by Julia Budniak, 37, in 17:53, and Casey O’Day, 29, in 18:48.

George Collado and his daughter Addie, of Redondo Beach, took first place in the pre-race costume contest. The two dressed in ‘20s era, red white and blue swimwear. When asked about his favorite part of the event, Collado said it was seeing the “great town of Redondo Beach” coming together. 

Over the past 15 years, the Village Runner Fourth of July run has donated over $115,000 to local schools.

For complete results, visit Villagerunner.com.

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