Photo by Tony Chen
Over seven hundred competitors braved chilly weather conditions to participate in the annual Tiger Run hosted by the SPHS Booster Club Saturday, Dec. 1. Community members of all ages competed in three different races and took part in a variety of activities on the SPHS Roosevelt Field.
Many SPHS athletes placed well in their respective races, which were divided into divisions based on age and gender groups. 10K runner freshman Sydney Morrow took first in her division and fifth overall, while junior Alexander Parra clinched ninth overall in the 5K as well as first in his division. The overall winner of the 10K was Pasadena resident Daniel Zaragoza. Ulrik Lolland visiting the Los Angeles area from Moss, Norway took first place overall in the 5K.
“The Tiger Run was well organized, and the areas we ran through [were] so calm and nice,” Lolland said. “I will recommend it to other Norwegian runners visiting LA around December, and I will of course participate again if I’m ever again in LA in the start of December.”
The 5K race began at South Pasadena High School and looped to Garfield Avenue and back, while the 10K course continued through a hill portion near the Monterey Hills region. Children under the age of 10 participated in the Cub Run, a 300 meter sprint that took place on the high school track.
Runners and spectators were welcomed to explore a health and wellness expo throughout the duration of the race. Booths hosted by Tiger Run sponsors such as AYSO, the South Pasadena/San Marino YMCA, and the South Pasadena Little League offered giveaways, merchandise for purchase, and the chance to win raffle prizes. A student fundraiser booth run by students from SkillsUSA also sold pancake breakfasts to participants and spectators for $5.
All proceeds from the race’s entrance fees will be go towards supporting SPHS extracurricular activities, clubs, and sports teams.