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A lake run to help raise funds

Posted: April 30, 2012 1:30 a.m.
Updated: April 30, 2012 1:30 a.m.

From left, Jourdan Black, Linda Ly and Ashley Park, who attend Castaic Middle School, crossed the finish line together, at the 5k course Sunday at Castaic Lake.

 

The 16th annual Run Around The Lake proved a wee bit more challenging for some of the 300 young runners at Castaic Lake Sunday who expected a simple straight-forward run.

“It was really hard,” said 13-year-old Jourdan Black, of Castaic Middle School, who ran the 5k course. “It was easy in the beginning, but then it got really hard.  I kept tripping over rocks.”

Her two friends Ashley Park and Linda Ly, also from the same school, also found it more challenging than expected.

“Well, it was tiring,” said Park, 13. “And there was a lot of up and down.”

Ly, who crossed the finish line ahead of her two friends sporting racing bib number 266, called the 5k course tiring.

“We had to go up and down a lot,” she said. “There was a lot of hills.”

All three said they would return next year’s 17th annual race.

At 6:30 a.m. Sunday,  children of all ages arrived at Castaic Lake to register for one of three runs — a 1-kilometer “fun run” for “little kids,” a 5k “run/walk” and a 10-mile course for “seasoned runners,” said Castaic Lions Club volunteer Marty Kreisler.


Runners were treated to a breakfast of sausages and pancakes cooked by members of the Castaic Lions Club.

“A couple ate before they ran; we didn’t see them again,” said one club member. “Most ate after.”

Volunteers of the Santa Clarita Valley Young Marines made sure there was plenty of bottled water on ice for the runners.

“The town council tells all the schools in Castaic that the entry fee (is something) we kick back to them, so the schools are motivated to have all these kids take part,” Kreisler said.

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