On Saturday, May 21, members of the Liberty Ranch Athletic Boosters hosted the annual 5K Run/Walk for the Hawks. This was a fundraiser fund for $1,000 scholarships that are awarded to graduating senior athletes from Liberty Ranch each year.

Participants began to check in at 7 a.m. and were greeted by team members from Raising Cane’s Chicken Shack, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, as well as the State Farm Bear and Healthy Heart. Additionally, raffle tickets could be purchased for the many donated raffle prizes.

Just before the race began, Hawk 1.0 (mascot) came out of retirement and made a special appearance to pump up the participants and get the energy flowing. Liberty Ranch track coach Jackie Corriea was there to emcee and motivate the event, and the Hawk baseball team led the stretches.

This was the first year the event was held exclusively on campus, and the feedback for doing so was positive. Our fabulous CAPS volunteers were at the front gates to keep vehicles from presenting a danger to runners.

Runner and parent Jean Keiser liked the change to completely on campus this year. “I loved that I could let my younger runner go his fastest and not worry about where he was because I knew he was on campus and safe,” said Keiser.

Early Bird participants received a t-shirt, and everyone received a reusable grocery bag compliments of State Farm agent, Rachelle Copp, or Farmers and Merchants Bank. Swag bags were filled with various items. The first 100 participants to check in received a free gift from Chic-Fil-A.

Upon finishing the event, participants received a medal to commemorate the 5K. Booster President Athena Buchanan is grateful for everyone involved in making this fundraiser a successful event and wants to give a shout out to Gary Schroeder who donated the medals, to all the Stadium Sponsors who helped the Boosters all year, the Race Day Sponsors who were essential in the success of this event and to all the participants actually in the event, volunteering for the event or sponsoring other people to participate.

“Great things happen for our kids when this community comes together,” said Buchanan. “This event just wouldn’t have been a success without everyone joining in.”

More than 240 entries were purchased and special race day medals went to the fastest female and male runners under 30, and 31 and over. The fastest male under 30 was Anthony Cortez from Monterey Bay at 15:52, and the fastest female under 30 was Sierra MacLeod. The fastest male 31 and over was Luis Perez, and the fastest female 31 and over was Abbey Lake. Our oldest participant this year was a gentleman of 80 years young, Norm Stoldt from Roseville.

Upon leaving the event, participants could take with them fruit donated by Walmart and water donated from Raley’s. Athletic Boosters president Buchanan would like to thank Athletic Director Anthony Linebaugh for helping propel this event these past few years. “We will miss his presence on campus in the coming years but wish him well in his new endeavors,” said Buchanan. “We are appreciative, though, to have had such a tremendous support from Principal Joe Saramago as he was pivotal in this year’s race day set up, tear down and anything that was needed in between. There were so many people who invested their time to the success of this event. Thank you to our board members Brooke Rogers, Sam Mitchell, and Carmela Baker for organizing the event. Special thanks to Janine Farren for her immeasurable help. Coaches and athletes were tremendously important with the selling of tickets, team representatives with collecting prizes to be raffled and ticket sale monies, also race day volunteers like Janine Farren, Heather Coleman, Heidi Kirbyson, Betty Manning, Tara and Jason Adversalo, Heather Nelson, Julea Mort, Annabelle Buchanan, Abigelle Buchanan, Natalie and Brandon Cathey, Gavin Lazaro, Arielle Mostecki, Brian Robinson, a handful of Cub Scout and 4-H Club members and so many more. This was truly a community event. The phrase that immediately comes to mind when considering the success of this event is, ‘We Are Liberty Ranch’.”