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Race to support students

Community runs to benefit Hart district’s WiSH Education Foundation

Posted: February 25, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: February 25, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Runners set out from the starting line of the WiSH Education Foundation Run For Gold at Placerita Junior High School, running along the South Fork Trail on Sunday.

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Little feet made big strides Sunday as scores of kids took part in the WiSH Education Foundation Run For Gold races in Newhall.

Little Sadie Smelser said it best after the 5-year-old girl completed the 1-kilometer race for youngsters.

“I’m so happy,” she said punching her fist into the air, medal swinging around her neck.

Smelser’s older sister Leela, 11, and 9-year-old brother, Cole, also ran the race.

“It’s a nice way for the kids to get their exercise,” said their mom Jackie, who described her role as the one to “hold the bags.”

And, rounding out the family participation for the Smelsers was Julie Shaw, the Smelser kids’ aunt, who ran in the adult races.

In all, more than 200 people turned out at Placerita Junior High School for the Run for Gold benefit to raise funds for the William S. Hart Union High School District WiSH Foundation.

Participants signed up for either the 5K or 10K run or walk, with “Kid K” registration costing just $15.

The 1K run for kids meant two laps around the school’s track.

When Bill Baker crossed the finish line with his 3-year-old daughter, he was beaming with pride.

“I’m just so very proud,” he said, hugging her at the finish line.

All funds raised benefit the WiSH Education Foundation, which directly supports students in the Hart district.

“We are absolutely thrilled to have this many people for our first run,” said organizer Amy Daniels. “And, we’re expecting great things in the future.”

The SCV Rotary Club put on a pancake breakfast for the runners.

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