Jim Chinn meets his match; masters pals among wedding party

M50 bachelor-no-more Jim Chinn, the world-class quarter-miler, got hitched yesterday in north San Diego County, where he lives. He and his bride Cecile — approaching liplock below — were married in the cozy chapel of the historic Rancho Guajome Adobe in Vista, a few miles from where they’re making their home in her place. Nine masters track friends were among the 90-plus witnesses to the 3 p.m. wedding, including meet announcer Peter Taylor, who flew out from Baltimore the day before and was set to return home today. Other masters present included James Lofton, Greg Pizza, David Hockersmith (from Scottsdale, Arizona), Durrell Turnage, Eric Dixon, Corey Moody (from Las Vegas) and Dave DiMassa.

Jim and Cecile do a PDA before a packed audience in old-time chapel.

Architect Jim and dental hygienist Cecile hope to honeymoon in New York City this spring. Their reception was held at her home, which he now shares while he rents out his former residence.

The Chinns were officially pronounced married at 3:37 p.m. Pacific time Thursday in Vista, California. (Photo by Chris Stone)

The bulk of masters visitors gathered with Jim on the stairway of their beautiful home at the catered reception, where a live band played in the living room feet away.

First row, from left: James Lofton and Corey Moody. Second row: Ken Stone, Greg PIE-Zuh and Durrell Turnage. Third row: David Hockersmith and Jim Chinn. Top row: Dave DiMassa and Peter Taylor. (Photo by Chris Stone)

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December 31, 2010

30 Responses

  1. Bubba Sparks - December 31, 2010

    I don’t personally know them but congrats!! Thanks for sharing the photos and wish you all of the happiness in the world. This coming from a guy who has an anniversary today – me and my wife Nancy. I can relate. ;-)

  2. Doug Smith - December 31, 2010

    Congratulations to the newlyweds! May you enjoy many Happy New Years with each other. Superb photos, which I presume were taken by Chris and possibly Ken. Very happy for Jim and Cecile.

  3. Ed Winslow - December 31, 2010

    Congrats Jimmy!

  4. Liz Palmer - December 31, 2010

    Congratulations to one of the nicest guys in masters track and his beautiful bride as well!

  5. Sully - December 31, 2010

    Congratulations James……Sully

  6. Ed Italo - December 31, 2010

    Congrats, James.

  7. MIchael Waller - December 31, 2010

    Congratulations James and Cecile! Many happy and wonderful new years to you! Laugh lots, love lots, and forgive lots! Enjoy!

  8. john Simpson - December 31, 2010

    Dang jim…I No longer have a roommate for nationals:-) ….congrats.!!

  9. Jeanne bowman - December 31, 2010

    Congratulations & Happy New Year Jim & Cecile! Very happy for you!!!

  10. Oscar Peyton - December 31, 2010

    Congratulations James/Cecile…

  11. Cornell - December 31, 2010

    Congrats Jim, I’m sorry I couldn’t make it but you doing a track workout before the wedding is an all time classic! Stay blessed.

  12. Marie - December 31, 2010

    Congratulations James i wish you both all the very best for the future together.

  13. Greg Foster - January 1, 2011

    Congratulations! May you have many blessed years together.

  14. Aaron Thigpen - January 1, 2011

    Best wishes James.

  15. al cestero - January 1, 2011

    best wishes for a long and loving life together…!

  16. Kettrell - January 1, 2011

    Congratulations Jim and Cecile. Cecile welcome to the track family.

  17. JStone - January 1, 2011

    Congratulations to Mr. & Mrs. Chinn!

    I am suprised that the group picture is focused and not blury because there are quite a few speedy gentlemen on those stairs! :-)

  18. Steve Cummings - January 1, 2011

    Congatulations Jim. Maybe this will finally slow you down a little bit. I wish you both the best and, of course, Happy New Year! Thank God I’ve move up.

  19. Jai Black - January 2, 2011

    Congratulations Jim! Best wishes and Happy New Year!

  20. Mark Cleary - January 2, 2011

    James Congrats, I’m very happy for you and your new bride–see you on the Track very soon–Mark

  21. Birgit Dean - January 2, 2011

    Richest blessings to Mr. and Mrs. Chinn and best wishes for a happy New Year!

  22. Kevin Morning - January 3, 2011

    Congratulations, James and Cecile. I hope you will have many, many happy years together.

  23. Nolan Shaheed - January 3, 2011

    I’m very happy for you James. Congratulations to you and Mrs. Chinn.

  24. Tim McCrossen - January 3, 2011

    Congrats James!

  25. Charles Allie - January 4, 2011

    Congratulations James. Best wishes to you and Mrs Chinn.

  26. Brenda Matthews - January 4, 2011

    Congratulations to you both Mr. and Mrs. Chin.

  27. Alan Sims - January 5, 2011

    Congrats James. Best wishes to you and the new wife.

  28. Rita Hanscom - January 6, 2011

    Best wishes to both of you! You make a beautiful couple!

  29. Sarah Lawson - January 6, 2011

    Congratulations, James, to you and your new wife. So wonderful …

  30. Sid Howard - January 7, 2011

    Hey Jim, Congrats to you and your bride, your guys make a beautiful couple.

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