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Kudos to city for sponsoring Wings for Life World Run

Posted: May 13, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: May 13, 2014 2:00 a.m.

In response to John Annoreno’s letter to the editor “Wings for Life World Run disturbed the peace for 2 hours,” published May 6, I participated in the Wings for Life World Run and I found it to be an incredibly inspirational experience.

This unique event, taking place all over the world, donates 100 percent of the entry fee to spinal cord research. I had the opportunity to talk with a few folks there with some debilitating injuries that go far beyond my own fused ankle, which has caused me pain for many years.

They were so appreciative that attention and funds were being brought to their cause, which is not as high profile as other medical challenges like cancer and arthritis.

I am a walker and was being passed by people in wheelchairs and one amazing woman with spina bifida who was cranking it on her cane.

In contrast to Signal letter writer John Annoreno, whose “peace” was disturbed by the event, I and many other people believe that hosting things like this are what make Santa Clarita great.

It gives our city recognition and stimulates economic development. People like John, who “feel entitled” to an explanation as to why their “peace” was disturbed for more than two hours, should consider looking at the big picture.

To call for City Council members to be “forced to resign and be terminated from office” for approving this fundraising event is appalling and insensitive.

My hope and prayer is that John himself will not find the need to be a part of a support group that benefits spinal injury research at some point.

Life can change for any of us in an instant.

This was an incredibly well-run event and our city should be commended for hosting it.



chefgirl358: Posted: May 13, 2014 8:05 a.m.

Perhaps instead of inconveniencing people for your pet cause you could hold it at a rural out of the way location instead and (gasp!), inconvenience yourselves if it's so important to you.

I am NOT NOT NOT in any way, shape or form, knocking your event or folks with disabilities. I am however, sick and tired of people with whatever their cause is thinking it's ok to inconvenience or disturb local citizens so they can do whatever it is that they want to. I live about 1/2 mile from Bridgeport Park as the crow flies and let me tell you...I hate that freaking park. Probably at least one weekend a month and sometimes more, sometimes as early as 6, but usually closer to 7, we'll be awakened by a LIVE BAND, P.A. System, some idiot yelling on said p.a. system, and screams of participants for whatever the event happens to be. Sometimes the events happen late at night...several years ago when the drunkfest known as "Loose Goose Wine Festival" was held there, we had to listen to drunken idiots, live band and p.a. until past 1 am ON A WEEKNIGHT when normal citizens like us had to get up and go to work in the morning.

Weeks ago, I was awakened at 6 am on a Friday and tortured for HOURS (until 1 pm) by screaming children, a p.a. system and music so loud I could hear it with the doors and windows shut as though it was blaring on my home stereo. I made some phone calls and was informed that it was "fitness week" for the children. You want your kids to get exercise, fine, great in fact, but there is no excuse for subjecting neighbors to that level of racket for hours and hours on end at very inappropriate times of day.

I am 100% on the side of the person who wrote the letter last week complaining about the noise from that race. In fact, my husband told me on the morning of that race that he thought he heard the National Anthem playing somewhere in the middle of the night. He thought maybe somebody was messing around at the baseball field by the dealerships, but then we heard about this race and figured out that's what it was.

17trillion: Posted: May 13, 2014 8:25 a.m.

The hell with them and their cause. If they can't run their little thing at a reasonable hour, then they deserve the scorn of the community. I hate to break this news to you Jeff, but getting people behind your otherwise noble cause should not preclude waking a bunch of them up at 3am. Are you people that brain dead to consider that some people might have infants or work swing shift or are light sleepers? That event was friggin rude!

JSMAS: Posted: May 13, 2014 10:33 a.m.

This topic has been beat into the ground. Clearly things could have been done better in doing an event at 3:00 AM The volume could have been lower to minimize the impact. Obviously, this isn't the only event that is disruptive. Apparently the kids event as noted by chefgirl358, the wine event and other events disturb the peace in Valencia. The Amgen race coming will also disrupt traffic, so more residents will be pissed off. I guess this is the price that people pay to live in AWESOMETOWN.

philellis: Posted: May 13, 2014 10:41 a.m.

I am not sure how anyone would think that being inconsiderate of their neighbors would engender support of their cause.

17trillion: Posted: May 13, 2014 10:53 a.m.

JS, I think there is a significant difference between this event and Amgen. I wont detail them, but it's obvious I believe to all what those differences are. You're right, it has been beat into the ground but as long as tone-deaf supporters of this event write slobbering letters of glee, then you will have people continue to comment in the opposite.

17trillion: Posted: May 13, 2014 10:54 a.m.

Just one question: would the event have been any less glorious if it was done at 8am?

JSMAS: Posted: May 13, 2014 12:41 p.m.

The Amgen event is not held in the middle of the night, which does make it significantly different from Wings for Life which we all know was held at 3:00 AM. Some people however will be mad about the Amgen event because streets will be blocked, thus disturbing their lives.

The event would have been equally as glorious being held at 8;00 AM, but being a world wide has already been mentioned, it started at the same time everywhere. In Sunrise, Florida it started at 6:00 AM, which I'm sure was very offensive to retired people who need their sleep. Perhaps the event organizers figured they would just give California the 3:00 AM slot just to make us miserable? Someone had to get it, so why not us?

The "slobbering letter of glee" was written a week ago. The Mighty Signal, held it a week. It's all over now, so we can move on. I doubt this event will be back in the SCV and if it was, perhaps the timing will be skewed to give some other fine community the the 3:00 AM spot.

Lululemon661: Posted: May 13, 2014 2:26 p.m.

You people are truly miserable and really need to move. It was held at 3 a.m. as it was a world event,being held at the same time all over the globe--god forbid we should be part of something like that. Besides, do you really need your sleep so you have more energy to be nasty? do any of you actually do anything around this town or do you just complain about those who do?

chefgirl358: Posted: May 13, 2014 2:58 p.m.

I actually DO need my sleep Lulu. I am up at 4:30 to go to work and I NEED every minute of sleep I can grab. I am recovering from some serious health issues and I truly truly need my sleep. I am certain there are other people who need their rest too, and not just because they want it, but actually require it. But I guess you are only concerned about the people participating in the events...NOBODY else in the community might have medical issues or reasons that they need their rest huh?

chefgirl358: Posted: May 13, 2014 3:00 p.m.

P.S. LULU, maybe YOU should move. Did you miss the part where these letters are responding to letters from other people complaining about this event? Yes, you are g.d. right, god forbid we should be part of something that happens in the middle of the night...when normal people SLEEP! What the hell is the matter with you people?

17trillion: Posted: May 14, 2014 8:48 a.m.

It's apparent that Lulu's womb is barren otherwise she might have some understanding about sleeping patterns of infants. Lulu apparently never had a job that required she be working at 11pm. In short, Lulu is a crabby old sort that cannot read or comprehend and is a perfect example of the sanctimonious types that thought this was such a great idea to hold next to residential areas and is example number one of why I would never give to this cause.

CaptGene: Posted: May 17, 2014 6:51 a.m.

The people that are all fired up in support of this event all say it had to happen at 3:00 a.m. because it was a "World Wide Event", as if that somehow justifies it. The "need" they describe is a fabrication.

It seems to me that these people just want to feel like they did something meaningful in their lives, I suggest you volunteer at a Soup Kitchen instead of disturbing your neighbors.

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