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Kids race to fundraise for physical education

Posted: August 26, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: August 26, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Adrianna Hill, 9, makes her way through an obstacle course at the end of a duathlon as part of the FIT DU fundraising event at West Creek Park in Saugus on Saturday.

Tom Payne cheered on his 13-year-old son Saturday as the teen climbed through an inflatable obstacle course on the final stretch of a duathlon to raise money for physical education at a local school.

“I heard about the event and thought it would be a great way to help out our schools,” said Payne, referring to the race at West Creek Park in Valencia to buy $1,500 worth of physical education equipment for Santa Clarita Valley International Charter School in Castaic.

About 65 athletes competed in the run-bike-run duathlon hosted by Fit Principle — a newly formed company that plans to host events to raise money to fight obesity. Participants could choose between a half-mile run, three-mile bike, and half-mile run course or a one-and-a-half mile run, five-mile bike, and one-and-a-half mile run course.

“I’m pretty tired,” said Kenny Payne, a 13-year-old Valencia resident, minutes after completing the course. “The second run was the hardest part.”

Kenny Payne said he enjoys the challenge of physical exercise and thinks its important to raise money for physical education programs.

“It helps the community,” he said.

Cade Flebbie, an 11-year-old student at Rio Norte Junior High School, inspired his mom to start Fit Principle after telling her he wanted to raise money to fight obesity, heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

Cade was inspired to raise money after watching an obese mother who was unable to play with her child.

Cade said he hopes there will be more events to raise money for other schools in the Santa Clarita Valley.

“It’s so amazing to see so many people here,” said Cade, as he watched a post-race taekwondo demonstration with 150 other spectators. “I’m in awe of how many people came out on a Saturday morning.”


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