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Spirit Run on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17 created memorable moments

By LANA JOHNSON

Spirit Run on Hector Martinez

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Hector Martinez takes first in the Youth 5k (13 - 14 year olds)

The 36th Annual Spirit Run, which took place on St. Patrick’s Day, Sunday, March 17 at Fashion Island, made for a day filled with fun and fitness, friendly sports competition, cherished time spent with family and friends, and myriad activities to keep youngsters energized...even after they crossed the finish line.

Spirit Run on Maya Weigel

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Maya Weigel crosses the finish line to take fourth in the Elite Mile (women’s)

Offering something for every fitness level, from walkers to elite athletes, youth to toddlers and furry four-legged friends in the Dog Mile, the day captured a festive wearing o’ the green...complete with a costume contest. The Expo area was filled with interactive and informative vendor booths, bungee trampolines, a climbing wall and food samples. The CdM Cheer and Jazz band kept the pace lively.

Spirit Run on Isla Earlabaugh

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Photo by Lana Johnson

Isla Earlabaugh, 13 months, struts her stuff in the Toddler Trot. She also participated in the Family Mile with her parents and two brothers.

Net proceeds raised from Spirit Run benefit the participating Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) schools and high school teams. Schools outside NMUSD also fundraised for their schools through the “Dash for Cash” program.

Spirit Run on OLQA

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Photo by Lana Johnson

Students from Our Lady Queen of Angels (OLQA) came out in full force to participate in Spirit Run

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

Spirit Run on girl and pooch

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Photo by Lana Johnson

Participating in the Costume Contest, this Spirit Run participant donned her best rainbow garb and found her pot of gold on the back of her trusty pooch

Check out more photos from Spirit Run below by Lana Johnson

1. 9 - 10 yr. olds start the 1 mile.JPG 10. Bungee Jumping 3.19.jpg 11. Julie Means 3.19.jpg

12. Family Costume Contest 3.19.jpg 2. CdM Cheer 3.19.jpg 3. Green wigs 3.19.jpg

4. Duo and Pups 3.19.jpg 5. Costumers 3.19.jpg 6. Costume contest judges (Joy, Grace, Laura) 3.19.jpg

7. Father and daughter cross the finish line 3.19.jpg 8. FONBAS.JPG 9. Leprechaun at Rec. booth 3.19.jpg