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By Tammye McDuff
Hawaiian Gardens held their third Annual 3K Fun Run this past Saturdayo in continued support of a healthier more active lifestyle for residents and the community.
The race was held at the Fedde Sports Complex which featured a special course designated “just for fun.” Each year special instructors and trainers are brought in to help warm up the muscles and bodies of almost 500 participants.
Local schools look forward to participating each year. Participants from Hawaiian Elementary School, Furgeson Elementary School and Melbourne Elementary School averaged 28 persons per school.
Fedde Middle School signed in with 67 students and 20 adults qualifying the school for a $1,000 donation going to the Physical Education Department.
Fedde Academy Principal Ricardo Lois stated how proud he was of the school. “One of the struggles as a Principal is that the P.E. department does not receive specific budgets. This was a wonderful opportunity for our teachers to encourage their students to come and participate in our community in a fun way.” Lois continued, “On a day-to-day basis, it is the job of our PhysEd teachers to get our kids up, moving and motivated; I want to thank the City Council for sponsoring this event. The kids will be very happy with the new equipment we will be able to purchase.” Robert Costillo, Principal of Melbourne Elementary challenged Fedde Academy for next year “we have 550 students and I am recruiting all 550 to show up next year!”
Councilwoman Marian Rios brought her entire family out. “This is extremely important for our City. We have been focusing on creating a healthier environment and I believe we are accomplishing that goal.” Former Councilman Michael Gomez, who was the driving force establishing this event noted, “This is what the 3k Fun Run is all about, inspiring our community to reach their full potential and create a healthier environment.”
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