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Hundreds race against hunger

5K Run/Walk raises money for Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry

Posted: October 28, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: October 28, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Runners young and old gather at the starting line of Sunday's Run Against Hunger 5K Run/Walk in Newhall. Proceeds of the fundraiser went to the Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry. Photo by Jim Holt.

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Scores of people turned out for the annual Run Against Hunger 5K Run/Walk in Newhall Sunday morning, raising money for the Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry.

An estimated 200 people gathered at Newhall Park near the starting line on the corner of Dalbey Drive and Newhall Avenue for a race described by one runner as “a mile and half out and a mile and a half back” from the South Fork Trail.

The man who won the race was Alfredo Coronado, a member of the Santa Clarita Running Company.

“I have a half marathon next week so this is like a little tune up to get in shape,” he said after he crossed the finish line. “And it’s for a good cause.”

The second, third and fourth finishers were also members of the same local running group: Matan Mayer, second; Marvin Gonzalez, third; and Germain Ortiz fourth.

The Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry’s Annual 5K Run/Walk is the Food Pantry’s major fundraiser that takes place the fourth Sunday in October. Proceeds help provide the resources to furnish supplemental food to more than 60 families daily.

“I’m very happy with the turnout,” said race coordinator Kelly Soto, representing about 65 participating runners from Placerita Junior High School. “To get kids out of bed at the 7:30 morning on a weekend is pretty amazing.”

“We raised more than one thousand dollars for the food pantry,” she said. “So, we’re super excited.”

In 2010, the SCV Food Pantry distributed more than $1.3 million worth of food — approximately 2,000 pounds each day of operation — to those less fortunate in our community, according to its website.

This year, girl scouts from the Junior Girl Scout Troop 1392 and Cadette Girl Scout Troop 7392 organized the 1-kilometer Kiddie Run just prior to the 5K event, all in an effort help raise money and awareness for the SCV Food Pantry.

Girl Scout leaders Kim Rice-Bogdan, Cari Wright, Kaz Forbes and Karla Posner said they were extremely proud of the scouts who took part.

As well, race volunteers Heather Gomes and her daughter Melia - Mrs. SCV Princess and Junior Miss 2nd Princess respectively - manned a table heaped with food.

“This is for the racers when they’re done racing, so that they don’t go away hungry,” Heather Gomes said, waving a hand of stacks of fruit and bagels.

Whatever the runners didn’t eat would go back to the SCV Food Pantry, she said.
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