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Runners Dash, New Record Set at Grand View Gator Run

May 14, 2022 03:26PM ● By Jeanne Fratello
Runners hit top speed at Saturday's 25th Annual Exer Urgent Care Grand View Gator Run in Manhattan Beach, with a new course record set by a Mira Costa freshman.

The 5K race raises money for the Manhattan Beach Education Foundation (MBEF).

Isaac Faynsod (in pink shorts) leads the pack at the Grand View Gator Run. Photo credit: Nancy Hesterberg.

"We had nearly 500 runners registered for the race, and we raised $20,000 for MBEF," said Jen Cram, co-president of Grand View PTA and co-chair of the Gator Run.

As the runners pulled in, a new course record was set by a Mira Costa freshman cross country runner, Isaac Faynsod, 15, with a time of 17:22.

On the men's side, second and third places went to Kai Graham, 17, in a time of 17:35; and Scott Trebilco, 38, in a time of 17:52. 

The women's winner was Heather Jenson, 16, who won in a time of 22:51. Second and third places went to Sophia Parsley, 16, in 23:05; and Maddie Johnson, 15, in 23:48.

Teacher of the Year Leads off Runners

The community event, which attracts "serious runners, joyful joggers, and walkers," has become a popular Manhattan Beach tradition each May. It draws students, parents, teachers, and community members from across town.

Saturday's race began with the singing of the national anthem by the Mira Costa High School Choir. Grand View's Teacher of the Year Jennifer Putich led off the runners at the start of the race.

Photo credit: Nancy Hesterberg

The race course begins at Grand View Elementary School, goes past Live Oak Park, runs up the Greenbelt, comes back on Bell Ave. nearly to Sand Dune Park, then returns to Grand View.

The race was followed by Grand View's annual Spring Fair that includes games, food, face painting, rock wall climbing, and other activities.

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