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Runners make their marks

ENCINITAS – A half-mile stretch of Vulcan Avenue became a veritable race track for runners challenging themselves to see just how fast they could run a mile on Sunday.

The Encinitas Mile, the inaugural event co-founded by North County runners Mark Sarno and Daniel Seidel, saw several heats of runners head down a portion of Vulcan Avenue and back again.

Runner Sergio Garcia won the men’s elite competition with a mile time of 4 minutes and 20 seconds. Racer Natasha Labeaud Anzures took the top prize in the women’s elite race with a time of 4 minutes and 57 seconds.

One of the final heats included a race for dog and their owners.

The Encinitas Mile, the inaugural event co-founded by North County runners Mark Sarno and Daniel Seidel, saw several heats of runners head down a portion of Vulcan Avenue and back again. Photo by Tony CagalaPlenty of runners participate in the inaugural The Encinitas Mile event on Sunday. Photo by Tony CagalaRunners in the women's open heat take to Vulcan Avenue. Photo by Tony CagalaJohn Herron, right, and Rory Herron preview the race course during the inaugural The Encinitas Mile on Sunday. Photo by Tony CagalaA racer makes a sprint towards the finish line in the men's open heat. Photo by Tony CagalaThe Encinitas Mile featured several heats, including the men's open race. Photo by Tony CagalaThe final heat of The Encinitas Mile allowed dogs and their owners to race. Photo by Tony CagalaDogs and their owners run down Vulcan Avenue during Sunday's The Encinitas Mile. Photo by Tony CagalaThe Encinitas Mile men’s elite race winner Sergio Garcia, right, winds down after the race with fellow runner Tim Gore. Photo by Tony CagalaDewey Smith carries his daughter Natalie towards the finish line of The Encinitas Mile along with their dog Lucky. Photo by Tony Cagala

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