Tiger Run attracts participants of all ages

By Rachel Lu
Staff Writer 

Photo by Tucker Judkins
Online Managing Editor

South Pasadena’s 2016 Tiger Run covered the city from the water tower to the YMCA on Saturday, December 3rd. The annual 5k/10k Run/Walk attracted local runners as well as participants from neighboring cities from under 11 to over 80 years old. Proceeds from the event went toward the South Pasadena High School Booster Club.

This year’s event ran from 8:00-10:00 am, and during this time the 5k and 10k races took place, as well as the Cub Run, a 300-meter race for children under 12. Volunteers from ASB and SkillsUSA alike arrived at the SPHS campus early to set up activities and direct the course.

Participants were placed in divisions by gender and age group. Student athletes and alumni from SPHS took top awards in both events. In the 5k overall, SPHS sophomore Kai Dettman and junior Jay Ebata took seventh and eighth place, respectively. Brothers freshman Sam Clark and junior Ben Clark captured ninth and tenth place in the 10k overall, respectively. Overall winners for both races were Pasadena resident Jason Duarte and Los Angeles resident Nathan Michael.

The course began and ended at South Pasadena High School, where coordinator Jose Zavala announced scores with SPHS junior Adam Fagenson. The event was also coordinated by Commissioner of Athletics Jalynne Li, and was primarily staffed by student volunteers. Different campus and community organizations such as the high school Sock Drive and Water Polo team publicized their causes through booths on the SPHS basketball courts.

“I’ve done this every year, and it’s a great event for the whole community since everyone comes here cheering and running,” South Pasadena parent and coach Mike Parkinson said. “And it all goes toward raising money for [SPHS] clubs and athletics.”

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