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A fun run for the kids

Official: More people than ever before participated in Operation School Bell race

Posted: May 7, 2012 5:00 a.m.
Updated: May 7, 2012 5:00 a.m.
 


It was a big run for little guys.

Not only did a record number of runners turn out Sunday at Newhall Park for the 22nd  annual Assistance League of Santa Clarita Operation School Bell 5K Run/Walk, so did a record-breaking number of young runners for the group’s Kids 1K Fun Run.

“This was the biggest number of runners we have ever had,” said Joanie Smelser after the race. “And, it was the most we’ve had for the kids run.”

At least 435 runners turned out for the 5-kilometer run and more than 30 youngsters from “whatever to age 10,” she said.

“It was very successful and cute,” she said.

Runners from age 3 to 70 began showing up at the park at 6 a.m. and many of them were junior high school participants.

“There were a lot of junior high runners. It was great,” Smelser said.

The event benefits the signature philanthropic program of Assistance League, Operation School Bell.

Christina Schultz, public relations chairwoman for Assistance League of Santa Clarita said Operation School Bell helped clothe more than 1,800 SCV elementary and junior high school children in the past year.

Winners of each group were awarded certificates.

Anely Avila was the overall fastest female runner Sunday.

Alredo Corondo was the overall fastest male competitor.

Other female winners included: Abby Welch (10 and under); Ashlee Ane (age 11-14); Kimberly Padilla (15-19); Misty Robinson (20-24); Amanda Lundberg (25-29); Jessica Bedrinana (30-34); and Joanne Ainsworth (35-39).

Older women running and coming in first place included: Donna Jackson (age 40-44); Virginia DiGiallonardo (45-49); Ann Riggin (50-54); Jeannie Thompson (55-59); Marnye Summers (60-64); Candie Mitchell (65-69); and Barbara Koehler (over 70).

For the men, young winners included: Augusto Ornelas (10 and under); Andres Alvarado (age 11-14); Rodrigo Ornelas (15-19); Jason Kiri (20-24); Jerrod Ferguson (25-29); Christopher Rodgers (30-34); and John Vance (35-39).

Older men coming in first were: Fabrizio Ballariano (age 40-44); Dennis Lebman (45-49); Falco DiGiallonardo (50-54); Mark Nakamaru (55-59); Mick Canale (60-64); John Evans (65-69); and Carlos Navarro (over 70).

jholt@the-signal.com
661-287-5527

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