No suit, no sweat

Courtesy of the Gallagher Family
Joe Gallagher – a 12-year-old from Los Altos Hills – swims from near Alcatraz Island to the San Francisco shore. His uncle, Joe Locke, an accomplished open-water swimmer, accompanied him.

For his recent swim from just off Alcatraz Island to the San Francisco shore, Joe Gallagher had little choice but to brave the chilly bay wearing only a Speedo, goggles and a swim cap.

“I don’t have a wetsuit,” the 12-year-old said.


Los Altos equestrians win slew of awards at Woodside Summer Circuit Series event

Courtesy of Polly Neumann
Los Altos resident Lauren Neumann – standing next to pony Trinity – won six championships earlier this month at the Woodside Summer Circuit Series.

Four girls from Los Altos earned championship ribbons at the Woodside Summer Circuit Series, a three-week event that concluded July 6 at Woodside Horse Park.

Lauren Neumann, a rising eighth-grader at Blach Intermediate School, won all six of the 0.7-meter championships. In all, she earned 21 first-place ribbons with two ponies – Dressed to Impress and Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride – along with two reserve championships.


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

Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
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

Town Crier file photo
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.


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