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Gator Run to Benefit Manhattan Beach Schools

May 02, 2019 08:07PM ● By Jeanne Fratello
Don't miss out on this weekend's annual 5K Gator Run at Grand View Elementary School: All proceeds from the fun-for-the-whole-family run will go to the Manhattan Beach Education Foundation (MBEF) to support Manhattan Beach schools. 

The 24th Annual Exer Urgent Care Gator Run will begin at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 4. This community-wide race brings together serious runners, joyful joggers, and laid-back walkers - all for the cause of raising funds for MBEF.

Registration is $40 for adults and $35 for youths. A "Family Team" option is also available for $100. Those who are not able to run are encouraged to register as "virtual runners" at $35 for adults and $30 for youths.

Medals will be awarded to the top three male/female finishers, and all children will receive a finisher medal.

The race is expected to draw between 500 and 800 runners, according to organizers, with a goal of raising $25,000 for MBEF. 

A variety of attractions will keep the race interesting: Grand View's Teacher of the Year (a.k.a. the Gator Queen), kindergarten teacher Julie Brancato, will lead the race in the pace car. A variety of costumed characters will be seen along the race course. And Mira Costa cheerleaders will wrap up the fun by cheering for runners at the finish line.

Following the race, Grand View will celebrate its 53rd Annual Spring Fair from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The fair features a talent show, game booths, inflatables and a rock wall, a chili cook-off, a used book booth, and more. There will be food from El Tarasco, Fresh Brothers, Susie Cakes, Lemonade, and Coffee Bean.

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