Families, father and son teams and local fitness enthusiasts gathered at College of the Canyons’ Cougar Stadium on Sunday, June 16 for a Father’s Day 5K hosted by Velocity Sports Performance of Valencia.
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Between 50 and 70 people participated in the race and proceeds from registration fees went to support the COC track and field team and the Challenged Athletes Foundation.
“This is Velocity’s first Father’s Day 5K,” said Curt Sandoval, co-owner of Velocity Sports. “The Father’s Day 5K is a 5K run/walk to help College of the Canyons. They had two athletes qualify for junior nationals. We just wanted to try to give back a little bit to the community, also raise a little bit of money for the Challenged Athletes Foundation.”
For some fathers and sons took it as an opportunity to start a new Father’s Day tradition.
“It’s never been done for him and I to run on Father’s Day,” said participant Tirus Minter, who ran with his son Tymel. “So this is this first time we ran together.”
Kyle Robinson, manager of Runners Lane in Valencia said that he hoped the event inspired fitness as well as community.
“We really want to keep involved and keep people fit,” he said, “not necessarily the people who are going to the Olympics, but some of the common people out here, fathers, sons, just all having a good time.”
Sandoval was thankful for the support of the “people in Santa Clarita who are willing to give back to the community.”
About the Challenged Athletes Foundation
Established in 1997, the Challenged Athletes Foundation recognizes the athletic greatness inherent in all people with physical challenges and supports their athletic endeavors by providing unparalleled sports opportunities that lead to success in sports–and in life.
Their programs include Operation Rebound for disabled veterans, Access for Athletes that funds special sports equipment, Catch a Rising Star for people who have suffered traumatic injuries and Project N.Ex.T. that connects physically disabled athletes with mentors with similar disabilities.
About Velocity Sports Performance
Velocity Sports’ programs are designed to help athletes achieve tangible results and are continuously updated with the help of world-renowned sports performance coaches whose backgrounds include coaching numerous elite and professional athletes, collegiate national champions and All-Americans. Their programs are scientifically designed to improve speed, power and agility–the three pillars of athleticism.
Oscar Rogel of KHTS AM-1220 contributed to this report.
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Source: Santa Clarita News