5K Race Raises Funds For HHS Cross Country Team
By Alfredo Guzman
The 20th Annual Carrot Festival Races took place Saturday February 11th preceding the Carrot Festival Parade.
The specific events that took place were a 5K Walk/Jog, Open 5K, Open Mile, 12 and under Half Mile Race, 8 and under Quarter Mile Race and the Carrot Relay Mile. Everyone who participated received a T-shirt with the event logo.
Advanced registration to participate in one of the races was $20. Registration the day of the event was $30. Funds received from the event went to benefit the Holtville High School Cross Country Team.
The races began at 7 a.m. and ended at 9a.m.
A giant inflatable Viking head tunnel stood in the middle of the Carrot Festival Parade route and marked where runners would cross the finish line. Runners stretched in Holt Park and along the sides of the street, readying themselves, warming up for their race.
Gerardo Lara, the Holtville High School Cross Country Coach, orchestrated the event and was on site to make sure things ran
Everyone from senior citizens, elementary school children and seasoned runners were out and about for the race. At the finish, line volunteers handed out participation medals and checked on runners to see if they were holding up fine after the strenuous work out. Listed below are the standings for the races.
5K Men – 1st Christian Queriapa, 2nd Fabian Rendon, 3rd Manuel Panalez.
5K Women – 1st Anne Flores, 2nd Sarah Strong, 3rd Amna Asiad.
1 Mile Men – Edward Quintero, 2nd Christian Queriapa, 3rd Jonathan Ozuna.
1 Mile Women – 1st Karen Salais, 2nd Gabriela Martin, 3rd Maria Jose Ochoa.