Carmel Valley 5K brings in $30K for local schools

Nearly 2,000 runners took to the streets Jan. 24 to participate in the third annual Kaiser Permanente Carmel Valley 5K and Fun Run.

“We started this event to bring everyone together for a morning of fitness and fun and to support local schools in the community,” said Katie Wilsey, race director.

This year race organizers were able to donate $30,000 to community schools, and in the past three years they’ve donated a total of almost $100,000.

This year’s winner of the 5K was 15-year-old Joaquin Martinez De Piniloos, a freshman at Cathedral Catholic High School, with a time of 16:44. The first female finisher was Dr. Celestine Arambulo, a Kaiser physician, with a time of 18:45.

After the main race, a non-competitive 1K Fun Run was held for young children and parents who wanted to get involved in a fun and easy way.

“We created the Fun Run so that the entire family could participate,” Wilsey said. “It was so exciting to see all the kids running at such a young age.”

Kaiser Permanente was the title sponsor of the event for the second year in a row. Other sponsors were Crust Pizzeria, Parisi Speed School and AARE. AMN Health Care also sponsored 40 runners to participate in the race, and many businesses made donations to the goody bags and silent auction.

“We’re so grateful for all the support of Kaiser and other local businesses. We wouldn’t be able to do this without their generous contributions,” Wilsey said.

Planning has already started for next year’s race. Visit carmelvalley5K.com.


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