On the morning of Sept. 15, 140 runners hit Franklin Trail for the Island View Trail Run’s high-climbing 4-, 10- and 16-mile courses. Athletes ranging in age from 9 to 80 came from all over California and beyond to race through the cool, low-elevation fog and, in the case of the longer courses, emerge in the sunshine to tackle the upper reaches of Carpinteria’s well-loved trail.
Conquering 3,780 feet in elevation gain, Matt Dubberley of Santa Barbara came in first overall in the 16-miler in 2:21:35. The first Carpinterian to finish the 16-miler was 62-year-old Gregorio Perez, who finished in 3:21:46 for 14th place.
In the 10-miler, which includes 1,750 feet of elevation, Danny Madden of New York came in first overall in 1:20:27. The first Carpinteria finisher was Connor Nemetz in 1:31:07 for fourth place overall. Kim Runhaar of Carpinteria, the first female finisher, completed the course in 1:51:36 for 10th place overall.
In the 4-miler, which has 800 feet of elevation, Travis Zehntner of Goleta finished in 29:36 for first overall. Top Carpinteria finishers were Christopher Power in 34:18 for fourth overall and Melissa Cronshaw in 35:49 for sixth overall. More than 20 volunteers supported the Santa Barbara County Trails Council event, with staff posted at aid stations at the halfway points for each course. Carpinteria-Summerland Fire Protection District EMTs were also on hand to provide emergency medical support if needed. Run proceeds will help to restore the Franklin Trail, which suffered severe damage in the Thomas Fire.
The Santa Barbara County Trails Council’s mission is to protect public trail access, build and maintain safe and sustainable trails, and promote public engagement in land stewardship and trail use for all types of outdoor recreation.