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It's a CHP vehicle that's a good size for patrolling Rancho Murieta's July 4 parade.

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It wasn’t the hottest July 4 ever, but it sure felt like it Monday as Rancho Murieta turned out to celebrate Independence Day. That meant pancakes, a 5K run, a parade, a carnival with a watermelon-eating contest and people everywhere looking for shade.

Nearly 800 households were without power for about an hour in the late morning, SMUD reported.  The outage impacted Rancho Murieta Association cable and broadband service. Power started coming back at 11:30 a.m., before air conditioners had to work full-time to address the triple-digit afternoon temperatures.  The RMA had its services back by early afternoon. (See story and comments from RMA.)

Here’s a look at the day, with links to photo galleries from RM.com and your Rancho Murieta neighbors.


Fun Run / Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast

Fun Run

Race organizer John McNamee helps the littlest participants get ready for the 28th Fun Run.

Flag Photo galleries: RM.com (33 photos) ... Myers family (4 photos)

More than 200 runners -- a record number of entries -- seized the cool part of the day to take part in the 28th Annual Fun Run. Jonathan Ahmann and Susan Hopkey, right, once again claimed the honor of being the fastest man and woman in Rancho Murieta, with Ahmann shaving nine seconds off the 5K course record that he set two years ago. 

”He is the all-time, supreme record holder,” said race founder and timekeeper John McNamee of Ahmann’s 14:43 finish.  At 17:10, Hopkey was nine seconds over the women’s record she set last year. Jonathan’s brother, Drew Ahmann, took second place for the men.
The run is sponsored by Murieta Health Club. Owner Erin Howard provided T-shirts and water to participants.

After the adults competed, about two dozen children took part in a foot race. Five-year-old Sophie Gomberg won in the youngest division, and her brother Shea, 8, won in the 6 to 8 age group. Shea competed after running the 5K with the adults. Amy Christensen, 10, won a photo-finish race in the age 9 and up group.

The Kiwanis’ breakfast was its usual early-morning mix of great smells and good food.  More than 750 tickets to the breakfast had been sold by 8 a.m., and hungry folks were still walking up to buy tickets.


The pancakes are a specialty of the annual breakfast.



July 4 Parade

Parade winner

The Meyer family took the prize for most creative cart with their pirate ship.

Flag Parade, from beginning to end: RM.com (175 photos)
Flag Photo galleries: RM.com (72 photos of faces in the crowd) ... Bill Gengler (31 photos) ... Meyer family (5 photos)

Any parade that starts with a clown-car-sized CHP vehicle (complete with full-sized officer) is a pretty good parade right there, but this parade also had dozens of decorated golf carts, dozens of classic cars and lots of Murietans on foot.

Here are the parade winners, a list provided by the Rancho Murieta Association:

Cart Division
Most Patriotic: Cable Davis
Most Creative: Meyer family
Best Decorated: Brozaitis family
Most Fun: O'Conner family
Honorable mention: Sheehy family and Breckenridge family
Honorable mention: Forshay family and Longo family (not certain of the spellings of these names)
Honorable mention: Flores Sr. family
Honorable mention: Dubey family and Smith family

Children's Division - Girl
Most patriotic: Zoe Malena
Most Creative: Tori Davis
Best Decorated: Addison Pohll
Most Fun: Gracie and Megan Cann
Honorable mention: Taylor Hutchison
Honorable mention: Elizabeth Spencer
Honorable mention: Charlotte Spencer
Honorable mention: Katlynne Krutz

Children's Division - Boy
Most Patriotic: Lucas Malena
Most Creative: Diego Branda, Conner Krutz
Best Decorative: Reed Payne and Ben Payne
Most Fun: Keaton Ammer
Honorable mention: Keegan Chavez
Honorable mention: Ethan Beaty
Honorable mention: Jonathan Lommasson

Cub Scouts

Cub Scout Pack 633 wore a special storm trooper neckerchief to remember and honor  fellow scout Christopher Walters. (Photo by Alicia Correia.)



Carnival at Lake Clementia

Lake Clementia

Lake Clementia is a powerful draw on a hot July day.

Flag Photo gallery: RM.com (32 photos)

The Optimists sponsored the event, with games, a bounce house, slip and slide and free hot dogs for the kids. By this time of day, with temperatures moving into the 90s, shade and water were important considerations. Folks taking a dip in Lake Clementia seemed to have the right idea.



Music and dancing / Fireworks


Dozens of folks took in Rancho Murieta's fireworks from Stonehouse Park Monday night, wrapping up another July 4.

Flag Photo galleries: RM.com (39 photos) ... Robert Fagan (7 photos) ... Bill Gengler (16 photos) ... Bill Hawkins (7 photos)

The Optimists sponsored music and dancing at the Gazebo, which attracted a wide-ranging crowd, including a lot of young families and teens.  Even after dark the air was warm and still, but that didn’t diminish anyone’s enjoyment of the fireworks.  The show was sponsored by the RMA.

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The view from Twitter

Here's what posters on Twitter had to say during Monday night's activities in Rancho Murieta:

Kre8iv31 Jul 04, 10:19pm via Twitter for BlackBerry®

Its a sideshow out here in Rancho Murieta

Ashmarshhh Jul 04, 9:10pm via Twitter for iPhone

Apparently tonight is moms gone wild in rancho murieta! Hahaha

goTASHgo Jul 04, 9:01pm via Plume  

Hello Rancho Murieta long time no seeee :)

TrishBrg Jul 04, 8:50pm via Echofon

Good job Rancho Murieta for playing crappy music at the gazebo AGAIN. "with sober girls around me they be acting like they're drunk"

fenuts3 Jul 04, 8:42pm via Twitter for BlackBerry®

Posted in a community for the 4th where everyone drives go carts to get around... Rancho Murieta that is, we do ittt! Haha

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July 4 final notes

Thanks for a great Fourth, Rancho Murieta.  (A little cooler next time, please.)

We want to say special thanks to neighbors who contributed photos and made the day's coverage better:

  • Alicia Correia
  • Robert Fagan
  • Bill (Birdman) Gengler
  • Bill Hawkins
  • Meyer family
  • Myers family

Also, can anyone help us match up the list of winning carts with their photos?  We've done the ones where we're sure (the linked ones above), but that still leaves a lot of them without a link.  If you spot a photo of a winner we haven't linked from the RMA's list, please add a comment here or send the photo I.D. to editor@ranchomurieta.com.

Again, thanks!

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MTI July 4 winners

Louise Gumbinger sends this note:

The Murieta Townhouses, Inc. (MTI) again had a July 4th decorating contest. The winners of this year's contest were:

  • 1st Place -- 7031 Lindero Lane: Ernie LeBlanc and Bobbie Fite
  • 2nd place -- 7031 Trinidad: Karin and Don Craig
  • 3rd place -- 15012 Lago Drive: Theresa Grace

First place

The first-place winners. 

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