Mark Ceraldi of Oakland and Catherine Jubinski of San Francisco won the men's and women's titles, respectively, at the first annual The Town's Half Marathon in Oakland on Aug. 16.

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, city officials and community leaders supported over 1,500 runners who participated in the 13.1-mile race through Oakland's neighborhoods. The route included Jack London Square, Downtown, City Center, Uptown, Piedmont Ave., Temescal Alley and Telegraph Ave., and Grand Ave. from Pleasant Valley to Lake Merritt. The race start and finish took place at Frank Ogawa Plaza.

"We have a passionate and dedicated running community here in Oakland and we are excited to showcase the best elements of our city as part of this historic annual event," Quan said in a press release.

Tennis

Oakland's Makda Dawit was one of 10 winners of the 16th annual NJTL Arthur Ashe Essay Contest in the Girls 10-and-under category, United States Tennis Association announced last week. Dawit, along with the other winners -- ranging in ages from 10 to 18 -- were selected out of close to 2,600 entries submitted last month.

Dawit will receive round-trip airfare to New York City for a two-night stay for herself and a parent/legal guardian. She will have VIP status in the President's Box during the 2014 Arthur Ashe Kids' Day on Aug. 23 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

Dawit is a member of Youth Tennis Advantage (YTA) — Mosswood Park. In addition to tennis, the Dawit enjoys swimming, and playing basketball and volleyball.



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