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First annual Father's Day 5K Run and Walk held in Santa Clarita Valley

Posted: June 17, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: June 17, 2013 2:00 a.m.

What better way to spend Father’s Day than to run with your 11-year-old son on a Sunday morning, only to hobble breathless over the finish line after him?

For Curt Sandoval, co-organizer of Sunday’s first-ever Father’s Day 5K Run and Walk, the answer was an easy one.
As soon he crossed the finish line, Sandoval’s son put his hand on his shoulder and asked: “What was your time?”

Hunched over, hands on knees, the elder Sandoval stood up and said; “A lot slower than you.”

There was a high-five, then big smiles and lots of laughing.

“It’s a great Father’s Day when your 11-year-old just smoked you,” Sandoval said, his arm around his son’s shoulder.

Trevor, a student at Trinity Classical Academy, crossed the finish line in 23 minutes, 17 seconds.

But, the Sandovals weren’t the only family team to share the share experience.

More than 60 runners turned up at College of the Canyons for the inaugural Father’s Day 5K, which was sponsored by Velocity Sports Performance in partnership with the Challenged Athletes Foundation and the track and field program at College of the Canyons.

Six months ago, when Sandoval scheduled his 5-kilometer event in an effort to raise money for College of the Canyons athletes — track and field state champion triple jumper Tim White and school record breaker Anthony Fowler — to go to the Junior Nationals in Iowa this month, his wife, Jeanne, asked him: “You do know you scheduled it for Father’s Day?”

After thinking about it for a moment, Sandoval said: “Yeah.”

Now, he says, he couldn’t have picked a more appropriate day for fathers to share something special with their families.

One of the first father/son teams to cross the finish line was Tyrus Minter and his son Tymel, 15, of West Ranch High School.

“We both live to run,” the elder Minter said, smiling — also hunched over and out of breath.

“I chased him,” he said, looking up at his son.

Real Andrews showed up at the starting line with his whole family.

“I’m running in support of the Challenged Athletes Foundation,” he said.

Proceeds for Sunday’s event go to the Challenged Athletes Foundation and for local athletes, White and Fowler, to compete in Iowa.

The foundation provides opportunities and support to people with physical disabilities so that they can pursue active lifestyles through physical fitness and competitive athletics, according to race organizers.


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