The Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry hosted its 22nd annual “Run Against Hunger 5K” at Central Park on Sunday.
Over 300 runners attended to raise money for the SCV Food Pantry to fight help fight hunger.
“We have this race to help fund our programs in the Santa Clarita Valley FoodPantry,” Belinda Crawford, executive director of the Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry, said. “All of the cash donations go towards helping provide our program to low income families in Santa Clarita.”
The event was held in a number of different age categories including a 1K “kid’s fun run.”
“We’ve started a friendly competition between the local junior high schools, to see who can get the largest team,” Crawford said. “The large trophies are for the junior high school teams, and the other trophies are for runners in each age group.”
Alex Dunwoody, 50, finished in first place overall with a time of 18 minutes and 29 seconds, followed by Alex Abrego, 12, with a time of 18 minutes and 37 seconds.
For the junior high school competition, Placerita Junior High School took first place, beating Sierra Vista Junior High School by one point.
“Last year was the first year we had a tie between two of the (junior) high schools,” Crawford said, “I believe it was La Mesa and Sierra Vista.”
This was the first year the race was held in Central Park after previously being held in Newhall Park.
“We decided last year, since we’re at Central Park, we weren’t going to have sanctioned race by U.S. Track and Field,” Crawford said “We used to be a sanctioned race but then we realized that there were a lot of fees. We tried to keep our expenses very low. We realized that no one really cared if it was sanctioned or not.”
A raffle was also held in addition to the race where attendees won prizes such as free smoothies at Juice It Up, a $25 gift card to Dickey’s Barbecue Pit and free tickets to Regal Cinema.
About SCV Food Pantry
The SCV Food Pantry’s mission is to alleviate hunger throughout all of Santa Clarita. To do this they work with a wide range of volunteers who source donations, package nutritious food and distribute that food to qualifying residents.
Their ultimate goal is to meet the current and future hunger needs of our neighbors in need and ensure self-sufficiency through active partnerships with other organizations throughout the community.
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