Broken records seemed to be the theme for the day at the SOS (Support Oakdale Schools) Family Fun Run/Walk on Saturday, March 9, as several were broken at the fundraising event hosted at Cloverland Elementary School.
The goal was to have 450 participants and to raise $15,000 to go into the Oakdale Educational Foundation’s teacher grant program to benefit students in Oakdale classrooms. However, SOS committee member Stacey Aprile reported that those figures were left in the dust, as the event made a record $20,000 and a record 527 participants came out to support Oakdale Joint Unified School District schools.
Oakdale runner Isaiah Aguilar, 15, was the overall winner for both the 5K and 1 mile races for males, and set SOS record times in both races. He clocked in at 5:41.6 for the one-mile as a warm up and then came in at 17:00.2 for the 5K.
“With help from our sponsors and registrants, this is the biggest, most successful SOS Run yet,” Aprile said.
The top female runner in the one-mile race was Kinsey Langley with a time of 7:02.2. She also took first in her female age group in both races. In the 5K, the top female finisher was Stara Visser who crossed the finish line at 18:56.2.
Of the 527 registered runners and walkers, 281 registrants were children under 18, 265 registrants were female, and there were 262 male registrants. The one mile and 5K races started and ended at Cloverland on Johnson Avenue, and the 5K race course ran through the Burchell Hill neighborhood. First through third place winners were honored by gender for each race in 11 age brackets, as well as overall race winners by gender.
“An outpouring from the community in the way of donations and student scholarships helped make it a wonderful event for all,” Aprile said. “Over 60 volunteers, including OJUSD staff members and Oakdale service organization members, helped make the event possible.”
For full race results, go to the website www.oakdale.k12.ca.us/sierraview/2013results.htm.