On Sunday of September 23, 2018 the annual Community Run of Costa Mesa took place in Fairview Park. This event takes place with the goal of bringing the community together to ‘Run for Fun’ while proceeds help benefit the public schools in Newport Mesa..
Most people don’t know that initially the run was held as a friendly competition between rival high schools, Costa Mesa and Estancia. The idea evolved after consideration from staff members which turned into a 5k fun run and in the following years became a 10k run involving the whole community. Run organizer Karen Barloon said, “We want to showcase Costa Mesa and it is every year somebody that comes will say, ‘I didn't know there was a park here’ and well this is why you’re here to see what Costa Mesa has to offer, they have this beautiful natural habitat out there.”
The first run brought in 500 participants and last year’s run included near 900 entrants. Estancia High School English teacher, Marian Dickey said, “I participate every year in the community run to support the local public schools. I’m happy to be able to see the run bring the community together.”
First, second and third place winners were awarded a prize and all participants received a goodie bag as well as a custom designed Tech t- shirt. The first place winner received a $250 gift card to South Coast Plaza, the second place winner received a $100 ASICS gift card for brand new foot wear, and lastly the 3rd place runner earned a $50 gift card to Dick’s Sporting Goods.
People of all ages were seen supporting the event, families as well as grandparents were seen hand in hand walking to the finish line. All of those that completed the run received a participation medal.
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