Children and Youth

11-year-old to seek world record at Mission 10 race

33rd annual race is sponsored by the Hollister Rotary Club. All proceeds benefit local scholarships and charities

Elliot Daniels has already broken world records for his age group at the Double Road Race in San Juan Bautista and a half-marathon at the Oakland Running Festival. He ran his first race at the age of 8 and came in thrrd place. This time, Daniels has his sights set on setting the world record for his age group in the Mission 10's 10-mile race in San Juan on Jan. 30.

He needs to clock lower than the USATF record for a 10-year-old of 1:11:24 to set a similar record for an 11-year-old.

The race also features elite runners Jesus Campos, 31, from King City and Amy Johnston, 22, from Salinas. Campos has won the Big Sur, Fresno and Modesto Marathons and plans to run this year’s new half-marathon at Mission 10. His best time for a full marathon was 2:24:8 at the 2013 Boston Marathon and his best time for a half-marathon was 1:07:38 (Napa to Sonoma).

Johnston’s most memorable personal race bests are the Salinas Valley Half-Marathon last Fall, San Francisco Distance Carnival 5K (16:52) and Mt. Sac 10K (35:01) last Spring.

The 33rd Annual Mission 10 race, which helps raise money for the Rotary Club of Hollister, features a 10-mile race a 5K race and a 1 Mile Kids' Fun Run. This year a half-marathon has been added as well. All races will be professionally timed by South Valley Endurance.

The 5K has been popular with both competitive and casual runners. Walkers are also welcomed for the 5K. The 10-mile race has been TAC Certified, and will take participants on a route through the scenic farmland and hills outside of San Juan Bautista. The half-marathon and 10-mile distance races provide a great training base for spring marathons.

In a press release, the Rotary Club of Hollister said it is trying to "grow this event while still maintaining the qualities appreciated by the runners who have made the Mission 10 a destination for years."

Packet pickup starts at 7:30 a.m.; the 1-mile fun run starts at 8:30 a.m. and costs $5. The half-marathon starts at 9 a.m. and costs $60; the 10-mile run starts at 9:15 a.m. and has a registration fee of $50; the 5K starts 9:30 a.m. and costs $35.

Fees include a long sleeve shirt. All races are timed and include awards.

For more information: contact Bill Tiffany (831) 637-0071; by FAX at (831) 637-0092; by email [email protected] or [email protected] Register online: at Like and follow the Facebook page: Visit Rotary Club of Hollister at for mail-in registration, sponsorship and volunteer opportunities 

BenitoLink Staff