Dual-citizen fencer duels for Great Britain

Courtesy of Medora McCarthy
Medora McCarthy, right – representing Great Britain – duels a Canadian fencer at a recent competition.

Medora McCarthy is not your typical teenager. The Los Altos Hills resident competes internationally in an obscure sport and does not attend a conventional high school.

McCarthy, 17, is a high-level fencer who recently transitioned to an independent learning school because she travels frequently to compete.


Foothill race rolls on

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David Benkoski, above, celebrates winning his division of Sunday’s Foothill College Circuit Race.

The fourth annual Foothill College Circuit Race drew 338 competitors to the Los Altos Hills campus, which hosted 12 bicycle races Sunday.

The college works with the Los Gatos Bicycle Racing Club to stage the event – dubbed “The Learning Curve” – a fundraiser for the construction of a pedestrian/bike path from El Monte Road to Foothill’s pedestrian bridge.


Annual Foothill College Circuit Race scheduled Sunday in Los Altos Hills

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Cyclists compete in last year’s “Learning Curve” race at Foothill College.

The Foothill College Circuit Race returns Sunday, with organizers hoping to raise more money for a bike/pedestrian path on the Los Altos Hills community college.

The fourth-annual event – known as “The Learning Curve”– will feature 12 divisional races. Races are scheduled 8 a.m. to approximately 6 p.m. at Foothill, 12345 S. El Monte Road.


Local triathletes escape Alcatraz

Courtesy of Marathon Photo
Robert McGrath of Los Altos placed 13th in the men’s 55-59 division at the June 1 triathlon.

Nine local residents completed the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon June 1 in San Francisco.

The annual event features a 1.5-mile swim from Alcatraz Island to shore, an 18-mile bike ride and an 8-mile run through San Francisco.


Great Grizzly Fun Run draws hundreds to Hills

Courtesy of Heather Rose
Participants take off from the starting line at the Great Grizzly Fun Run, including Olympian Brad Hauser, front left. Hauser, a Gardner Bullis parent who helped organize the race, competed in the 5,000-meter run at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Australia.

More than 200 people participated in the inaugural Great Grizzly Fun Run, a 5-kilometer run/walk hosted by Gardner Bullis School in Los Altos Hills.

Children and adults took part in the May 31 event – some of them in or pushing strollers – and several brought along their dogs. The Gardner Grizzly mascot made an appearance as well.


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