2018 Clam Beach Run 

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The Little River Crossing at Moonstone Beach (with Camel Rock and Trinidad Head in the background) featured shallower water this year, compared to last year.
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Race volunteer Richard Verseput, of McKinleyville, helped a nervous Kai Baker (in her first-ever race), of Sunnyvale, across Little River at Moonstone Beach. Baker chose to start the race an hour early so she and her experienced runner friend would finish around the same time. Verseput's other duties included shuttling shoes, socks and clothing across the river.
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Benjamin Stern, of Weed, was the first male at Little River and placed first among men with a time of 48:31 in the 8 3/4 mile race. Brent Ritschel (following him across the river) finished as the second-place male.
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A wet-suit clad Coast Guard volunteer at the river crossing gave a bare-chested West Wood, 15, a low-five greeting in passing.
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Cedar Smith, of Arcata, was the first woman to finish the 8 3/4-mile race in 56:54 (19th place overall).
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Crystal Mendez (left) and Chris Schinke raised a splash at the Little River crossing in the 8 3/4-mile race.
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The Little River posed a quandary: wear wet shoes to the finish line or cross in bare feet? Hannah Davis, the ninth woman to finish the 8 3/4-mile race chose the latter.
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Mike Dronkers, of Eureka, kept a video record of his 8 3/4-mile race for posting on social media.
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Annie Lanning, 10, found a helpful and dry method to cross the Little River on the shoulders of her father Bryan Lanning in the 8 3/4-mile race.
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Adrian Molofsky, 15, chose the run-fast-and-splash method of crossing Little River in his 8 3/4-mile race.
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Molly Connors took home a few photo memories after her second-place finish among females in the 5 3/4-mile race.
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First-time participants in the race Carla and James Pletcher, of Dublin, skipped their way across the finish line.
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Runners and walkers were greeted at the finish line by music by the HSU Marching Lumberjacks and a warm bonfire.
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Members of the HSU Marching Lumberjacks approached the surf line in differing styles.
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Odalys Rameriez, an HSU music major, emerges from a dunking, while other members of the HSU Marching Lumberjacks celebrate in the surf.
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The surf and the HSU Marching Lumberjacks found each other eventually.
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Allen Lund, 62, of Mountainview, said this was his 40th race, having started running it in 1978 as an HSU undergraduate student. "This is an important tradition for me, highlighted by the Little River crossing," he said as he warmed up by the bonfire.
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Photo by Mark Larson
The Little River Crossing at Moonstone Beach (with Camel Rock and Trinidad Head in the background) featured shallower water this year, compared to last year.

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