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Volume 4, Issue 84  |  October 18, 2019

Spirit Run race results…and so much more

Spirit Run Kids

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On Sunday, March 12, the Spirit Run: A Race for the Schools, took place at Fashion Island, Newport Beach, with more than 1,800 registered participants. 

We thought it would be insightful to ask a few questions about the race from the top man and woman elites’ perspective – Reid Buchanan and Tori Tsolis.


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Reid Buchanan

Elite Mile – 1st Place Overall and 1st Male - Finishing Time: 4 minutes 5 seconds

5k - 1st Place Overall and 1st Elite Male - Finishing Time: 14 minutes 50 seconds

Tori Tsolis

Elite Mile - 16th Place Overall and 1st Female - Finishing Time: 4 minutes 40 seconds

5k - 19th Place Overall and 5th Elite Female - Finishing Time: 17 minutes 41 seconds

Q: Why do you enjoy running? 

A: Reid: I have been running competitively since I was 16. I like running because in a sport like this there is hard work but not much glory. Still it is popular in every century. There must be some beauty which ordinary men can’t see, but extraordinary men do.

A: Tori: Running is such a primal, natural sport where you can push your body to its limits. I’m constantly learning, adapting and challenging myself. Sometimes I don’t actually enjoy running, but I know I’m addicted to racing and the rush that comes with it. This sport has also introduced me to lots of incredible people and the running community is very welcoming and supportive. 

Q: What are some of your most notable running achievements? 

A: Reid: Finishing 5th in the NCAA Division I Championships for the 10k last Spring sticks out in my mind because it was the third time I had ever run the distance. Entering college, if someone had told me I’d be running a 10k, I would have laughed and said “good one.”

A: Tori: During my senior year at UC Santa Barbara (2016) I was named Big West Conference Women’s Track Athlete of the Year and UCSB Female Athlete of the Year. I also hold UCSB’s school record in the 1500 meters and was the women’s 1500 Meter Big West Conference champion. 

Q: Why did you choose Spirit Run? 

A: Reid: The Spirit Run just kind of worked in my schedule. I love to stay in California for races since the travel is easy and I also was a big The O.C. fan back when it was on television.

A: Tori: I had only raced one road mile prior to this race and I really enjoyed it. There aren’t very many chances to race a mile (instead of 1500 meters), so when my coach told me about this opportunity, I was excited to give the road mile another shot!

Q: Did you enjoy Spirit Run? 

A: Reid: The Spirit Run at the surface had a goal of getting the community out and active early on a Sunday morning and I definitely think they achieved that. There were lots of prizes and vendors which created a fun atmosphere! I thought the prizes were great! Anytime you can get paid to do a workout it’s a win-win situation.

A: Tori: The Spirit Run was such a fun, organized event and was very accommodating last minute at the start line when I accidentally left my bib in my bag (oops!). 

Q: Will you return to Spirit Run and why? 

A: Reid: Spirit Run as of now will be on my racing schedule for 2018 because I have to come back and defend my title.

A: Tori: Yes, I will return to Spirit Run for the wonderful hospitality and great race conditions. I also love Southern California and always need reasons to come back!

Allen and Diane

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Alan Wakeling, 77 years old, placed 1st in the 70-79 division in the Open Mile and won a Yard House “Burger & Brew”. He also placed 1st in the 75-79 division in the 5k. He is pictured here with Spirit Run President and Race Director Diane Daruty.

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For complete Spirit Run race results, visit

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