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5th Annual Roundhouse Fun Run a Rousing Success

Jun 09, 2017 04:09PM ● By Jeanne Fratello
By Lynne Gross

The Roundhouse Aquarium Teaching Center held its 5th Annual Roundhouse 5K Fun Run for the Oceans on Saturday, June 3. The overcast skies and low tide made perfect conditions for the 223 registered participants who ran (or walked) on the hard sand from the Manhattan Beach Pier - Manhattan Beach, CA to slightly past the city’s northern boundary and back. They were cheered on by family, friends, Roundhouse board members, staff and volunteers.

All enjoyed a fun morning complete with DJ, refreshments, a Roundhouse touch tank, and a physical therapy tent. Of special interest was the raffle held after the Fun Run awards were presented. Both are known for their excellent prizes.

Proceeds from the successful Fun Run benefit the Roundhouse Aquarium’s ocean education programs which educate and inspire our community and our kids about the ocean, the creatures living in it and the environment.

The first two runners to cross the finish line were George Watkinson, of the male 15 to 29 age group, and Abby Hong, of the female 15 to 29 age group. In addition to their Best Overall status, their ribbons and other accolades, Wilkinson and Hong each received a $100 gift certificate for Skechers shoes.

The winners in each age category were as follows:

Females under 9                                             Males under 9

1st place - Lily Paquin                                   1st place - Joe Huber

2nd place - Lil Schroeder                               2nd place - Alexander Van Fossen

3rd place - Milly Magee                                3rd place - Jack Ingraham


Females 10 to 14                                            Males 10 to 14

1st place - Julia Vazquez                               1st place - Farris Succari      

2nd place - Simran Nair                                 2nd place - Parker Stickney

3rd place - Gaby Hernandez                           3rd place - Brendan Griffin


Females 15 to 29                                            Males 15 to 29

1st place - Abby Hong                                    1st place - George Watkinson

2nd place - Casey Sines                                 2nd place - Caleb Hong

3rd place - Megan Ono                                   3rd place - Braden Di Mauro


Females 30 to 49                                            Males 30 to 49

1st place - April Flynn                                   1st place - Jeff Cutler

2nd place - Andrea York                                2nd place - Jack Martin

3rd place - Kristin Olin                                  3rd place - To be determined


Females over 50                                             Males over 50

1st place - Audrey Wolitarsky                       1st place - Robert Kellogg

2nd place - Lianne Ibarra                               2nd place - Michael Kelly

3rd place - Elisa Johnson                               3rd place - Eric Van Fossen

The full results can be found at Racewire:

Roundhouse Fun Run sponsors included at Gold Level - JHM Foundation and Skechers; at Silver Level - Patty Brown Associates-Physical Therapy; Chevron; Continental Development Corporation; Kinecta Federal Credit Union; Taylor and Jagger Corrales; Stella, Piper and the Schneider Family; and Jake and Taylor Snider; and at Bronze Level - Anderson Penna; Gelson’s; Paragon Commercial Group; Water Replenishment District of Southern California; and Danny Zuker, Annette Lombardi and Family

Awards and raffle prizes were provided by Aquarium of the Pacific; California Pizza Kitchen; Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf; Disneyland; Islands; Jack’s Surfboards; Jamba Juice; Legoland; The Kettle; Knott’s Berry Farm; Manhattan Dermatology; Natural History Museum; Nikau Kai; Old Venice; {pages}; Panchos; Paradise Bowls; Pitfire Pizza; PVH; Redondo Beach Whale Watch; Riley Arts; Six Flags; Simms Restaurants; Skechers; South Bay Galleria; Surf Concepts; Uncle Bill’s Pancake House; Village Runner; Wahoo’s; and Washed Ashore.

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