On June 8 we held our second Baker Ranch 5K Run. It marked a change in direction but achieved even loftier goals in building community and raising awareness of Higher Ground Youth & Family Services, a nonprofit charitable organization that provides mentoring programs for youth and their families in at-risk communities in Anaheim and surrounding areas.
Reversing the precedent set by our last September’s debut event, we flipped the direction of the course to create a hilly, scenic and challenging route that began at Promenade Park, passed through Oaks Tennis Park and Borrego Trail, and ended at Vista Swim Club.
Along the way, 130 runners of all levels crossed the Alton Parkway Bridge, which connects one side of Baker Ranch to the other.
“It was important to us that we incorporate the iconic bridge into the event as a symbol of community unity and connectivity,” said Community Manager Jamie Gould. “People just love being able to run across it during the race.”
At the finish line, the fun was just beginning. Thirty kids – ages three to 11 – participated in their own Baker Ranch Kids’ 1K. T-shirts and medals were awarded to all participants. Park West Landscape Management gave all race participants generous offerings of free, fresh produce – oranges, avocados, mangos, bananas, carrots, and more. There was also a Fitness Expo where you could listen to the DJ, snap a photo with a friend in the photo booth, grab some refreshments and consult with event sponsors and local fitness & nutrition experts about your health and wellness goals.
Congratulations to everyone who participated and extra applause for the top 10 runners:
1 Andrew Kristof, Male | Age 32 00:21:20
2 Nicholas Ruiz, Male | Age 16 00:21:31
3 Brock Smith, Male | Age 31 00:22:15
4 Brooke Doi, Female | Age 49 00:22:15
5 Fernando Soto, Male | Age 29 00:22:58
6 Nathan Heronen, Male | Age 36 00:23:13
7 Chris Moore,, Male | Age 26 00:23:14
8 Jose Casanova, Male | Age 9 00:23:27
9 Cheryl Moore, Female | Age 29 00:23:27
10 Daphna Wegner, Female | Age 39 00:23:33
The top two men (Andrew Kristof and Nicholas Ruiz) plus the top two women (Brooke Doi and Cheryl Moore) received chrome-plated Baker Ranch license plate frames. Notably, the Vice President of the Board, Brooke Doi, finished first amongst the women.
Bronze: Aquatic Service, Protec Building Services
Cheers to all of the volunteers from Higher Ground Youth & Family Services and to Spectrum Events for facilitating city permits, police services, registration, timing, and race logistics.
Higher Ground Youth & Family Services is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded by Joe Baldo in 2012, although the inspiration for the organization came much earlier through the grassroots efforts of Joe and friends. Today, Higher Ground has a dedicated group of board members and a growing volunteer and intern base. By partnering with a wide range of organizations, Higher Ground can identify youth at the elementary, middle and high school level who are "at risk," and offer them a positive support system in a friendly, safe environment.
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