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Petralia wins Firecracker for third time

Published Monday July 4

Santa Cruz >> The last time Jake Petralia won the Santa Cruz Firecracker was 6 years ago — just long enough for him to forget how challenging “The Thrill of the Hill” really is.

That was until Mon morning, after Petralia finished ahead of 345 other runners to win the 10-kilometer race for the 3rd time in the event’s 31-year history.

The 30-year-old from Santa Cruz took 37 mins. flat to complete the course that starts and finishes at Harvey West Park.

“It was brutal,” remarked Petralia, an Aptos High alum who won the event in 2009 and 2010. “It feels proper to finish first but I ran with some wonderful guys out there. It was fun to look back and see some of my friends behind me.”

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