San Jacinto runs for education

Photos by Corey Evan / The Valley Chronicle
Runners line up at the starting line on Saturday morning for the Run United 5k.

■ By Corey Evan / Reporter

Five kilometers may seem like a lot to walk. But when you’re doing it for your kids it doesn’t seem quite so far—at least, when it means kids in your community benefit by way of scholarships and better school programs. That was the overall goal of the 6th Annual San Jacinto Run United 5K Walk/Run on Saturday, April 28.
Over 300 people pre-registered to take part in the run, and approximately 100 more signed up that morning. Starting at San Jacinto High School, these 400 or so participants headed down Idyllwild Road before running through downtown San Jacinto and then up Ramona Avenue to return to SJHS. The SJHS cheerleaders provided some pep for the event, greeting runners at the start/finish line.

Miss Teen San Jacinto (left), and Miss San Jacinto (right), greet runners with medals.

These runners, and the various merchant and service booths set up at SJHS, were coordinated by Run United race director Vince Record. “Several years ago, we decided we’d have a community event to bring kids and their families together to enjoy historic Downtown San Jacinto,” said Record. “And it just kind of kept building. It’s not really intended to be a big fundraiser, it’s really more of a community event.”
Run United has been able to partner with the San Jacinto Unified School District to give its students scholarships and grants for teachers looking to improve school programs and clubs. Every runner received a medal just for making their way around town, but these runners led the way for their age groups and won prize medals:

– Male 9 and Under: Trever Daffin, Hemet, 29:47
– Female 9 and Under: Adeline Clark, San Jacinto, 32:10
– Male 10-12: Jovani Aparicio, San Jacinto, 19:58
– Female 10-12: Megan Crum, Lake Elsinore, 19:01
– Male 13-16: Randiy Garcia, 18:20
– Female 13-16: Damara Castrejon, 21:26
– Male 17-19: Nathan Miranda, 18:59
– Female 17-19: Kimberly Lopez, San Jacinto, 20:02
– Male 20-29: Kyle Quintero, Menifee, 19:38
– Female 20-29: Jessica Williams, Hemet, 29:33
– Male 30-39: Gil Rodriguez, Menifee, 21:18
– Female 30-39: Jennifer Golden, Wildomar, 24:24
– Male 40-49: Salvador Chavez, Hemet, 20:09
– Female 40-49: Celia Malcolm, San Jacinto, 25:18
– Male 50-59: Tod Shores, 23:30
– Female 50-59: Fiona Ali, Los Angeles, 30:07
– Male 60-69: Angel Acosta, San Jacinto, 29:41
– Female 60-69: Nancy Johnston, 26:48
– Male 70-79: Keith Bagnell, Hemet, 26:05
– Male 80 and over: Jack Warneke, San Jacinto, 32:48

Mind you, not only were the fastest and the strongest among the runners this year, including SJUSD Superintendent Diane Perez, but so were several not-so fast participants. Several kids too young to run got to enjoy a ride as their runner parents pushed them along, and there was even a participant with disabilities who not only got up and went for it but also made it across the finish line. This proves anyone with a get-up-and-go attitude can get up and go for their own personal best.

These runners took top honors for their age groups.

Run United thanks the following sponsors for making this sixth annual run possible: The Soboba Foundation, The Bank of Hemet, Grand Canyon University, HMC Architects, Mt. San Jacinto College, VJ Graphics, Anady’s Trophies and Engraving, the SJ Teachers Association, Altura Credit Union, the CSEA, Rotary International, SJ Medical Clinic and Urgent Care, the Louis and Jennette Arcuri Charitable Foundation, Kiwanis International, Lions International, Rightway, Dr. Nancy Patel DDS, Starbucks Coffee, Quality Inn Hemet, the City of San Jacinto, Lake Hemet Water District, EMWD, John and Nanci Norman, and the Hemet /San Jacinto Valley Chamber of Commerce.

This year’s run may have run its course, but you can gear up for the 7th Annual Run by visiting www.sjrununited.com.

Some runners ran for a cause, such as the Truth about Drugs. Remember, drugs can destroy dreams.

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