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3rd Annual Spirit Run & Health and Wellness Fair


3rd Annual Spirit Run 5K Start

The 3rd Annual AEF Spirit Run & Health and Wellness Fair was a huge success. The air was filled with enthusiasm and energy and the weather was perfect. We had a record number of participants for each event (5K run and 1 Mile run/walk) with a total of 755! This year we added a perpetual trophy for school staff participation which made the competition between schools even greater. There were many vendors for the Health & Wellness fair, including the CHP, American Heart Association, Advanced Emergency Training and Kaiser Permanente.

Congratulations to all the winners!

      5K 1st Place - Chloe Melikian & Alex Muñoz; 2nd Place - Ashley Joya & Josh Estrada; 3rd Place - Emily Cardenas & Michael McHugh

      9th - 12th Grades - Ashley Joya & Alex Muñoz; 6th - 8th Grades - Jorge Gonzalea & Emily Cardenas; K - 5th Grades - Molly Anderson & Adrian Gomez

      Perpetual Trophies:  School Participation - Norte Vista; Staff Participation (new this year) - Norte Vista

Dignitaries in attendance included Riverside Mayor Rusty Bailey, Riverside Ward 6 Councilman Jim Perry, AUSD School Superintendant Dr. Sid Salazar, AUSD Board of Education - President Art Kaspereen Jr., Vice President Julie Moreno, Robert Schwandt and Carolyn Wilson. Our special guest for the event was Reggie Wyatt, a La Sierra alumnus and track star.

We want to thank all of our sponsors for their generous support which made this year’s fundraising event a huge success: Inspect – Leanne Holland & Shannon Wells; Altura Credit Union; Neff Construction; Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 47; Schools First Credit Union; aalr Attorneys At Law; Dr. Kathy Wright; Alvord Unified School District Superintendant & Board of Education; Kountry Folks Home Style Restaurant; Ben Clymer’s The Body Shop; Riverside Road Runners; TR Design Group; Sam’s Cleaners; Intercom Clock and Signal Service; Five Points Fuel ampm; Bosco Legal Services; Hampton Inn Riverside/Corona; Laborer’s International Union of North America Local 1184; and, Fritts Ford. We also thank Awards and Specialties for donating all of the medallions and trophies and Preferred Choice Printing for donating a portion of the cost of banners.

There were many volunteers who were instrumental in the success of the event. Our volunteers helped with traffic control/parking, registration, the one remote water station and anything else we needed them to do. A special thanks to North-West College and Norte Vista Athletics.

Finally, a big thank you to all of our participants!! Students, teachers and parents from nearly all of the AUSD schools joined together for a phenomenal fundraising event and set the bar for future events. It was great to see everyone united for a sole purpose and friendly competition.

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