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Volume 4, Issue 84  |  October 18, 2019

Spirit Run brings out the best in race action and fun

The 35th Annual Spirit Run took place on Sunday, March 18 at Fashion Island. What a turn out…when so many came out for a day of exercise, fun and to support our local schools!

Ayla Granados

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Photos by Lana Johnson

Ayla Granados, who competes for Strava Track Club in the Bay Area, took first place in the Female Elite Mile, female 20 and up

There was a race for everyone – from the Elite Mile to the Juan Ramirez 15K to the Dog Mile, Family Mile and eight races for children, including the Toddler Trot. Spirit Run arguably has the most impressive prizes of any running event around. It offered a $3,800 cash purse in the Elite Mile and more than 250 non-cash prizes. More than 150 were eligible to win the most coveted food prize: free pizza every month for a year at Blaze Pizza, Fashion Island. Other prizes included gift cards from Fashion Island, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Lazy Dog Café and Baking Betty’s and certificates for massage from Spa Gregorie’s.

Two runners 5k finishers

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Before and after the races, there was plenty of fun in store at Spirit Run’s Youth, Fitness and Dog Expo. Plum’s Café served a gourmet pancake breakfast and the kids took in all the action including the bungee trampolines, a rock climbing wall, a mini-skate park, a photo booth and giveaways. An array of vendor booths rounded out the festivities.

Among the top winners:*

Elite Mile

1st Place - Daniel Herrera, Male 20 and up in 3:58, New Orleans, LA

1st Place - Ayla Granados, Female 20 and up in 4:39, Chico, CA

Open Mile 

1st Place - Taylor Huseman, 19-99 Male in 4:22, Okoboji, IA

1st Place - Olivia Huseman, 19-99 Female in 4:55, Milford, IA


1st Place - Roosevelt Cook, 35-39 Male in 31:02, Hesperia, CA

1st Place - Jose Madera, 25-29 Male in 31:03, Santa Ana, CA

1st Place - Michelle Genin, 35-39 Female in 45:44, Running Springs, CA

1st Place - Shelby Buckley, 25-29 Female in 35:36, Newport Coast, CA


1st Place - (Elite Men) - Daniel Herrera, 25, Male in 15:10, New Orleans, LA

1st Place - (Elite Women) - Margo Malone, 24, Female in 17:07, (city not available)

Youth 5k

1st Place - Dmitriy Major, 15-19, Male in 16:39, Laguna Hills, CA

1st Place – Sofia Gibson, 13-14, Female in 18:43, Irvine, CA

OLQA Borzoi Dog Mile

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For more information about Spirit Run, visit

For the second consecutive year, Stu News is proud to be Spirit Run’s media sponsor.

*Editor’s Note: Detailed race results and a slideshow with more photos will appear in Stu News Newport this Friday, March 23.

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