Marathons, olympics and pancakes! Kiwanis Club of La Jolla is on the scene!
By Henry Chiu
Kiwanis Club of La Jolla
It’s been a busy spring for the Kiwanis Club of La Jolla. Two of the club’s major events — La Jolla Half Marathon and the La Jolla Junior Olympics — took place within a month’s time. We could not have done it without the support of our friends in La Jolla.
On April 28, the 32nd Annual La Jolla Half Marathon thundered through the Cove to a successful finish. It is the big fund-raising event for the Kiwanis Club. On behalf of the club, I would like to thank the outstanding residents of La Jolla for their help and support this year, in years past, and, hopefully, for many years to come!
The overall winners were Kosuke Amano of San Diego in the Men’s Division, and Sierra Walker from Riverside in the Women’s Division. Kathleen Nitschelm, 73, of Carlsbad, finished the race at a very competitive 2 hours and 16 minutes. John Trexel, 80, of San Diego, finished the race at a respectable 3 hours and 3 minutes. Congratulations to all the race participants! In particular, we would like to thank the La Jolla Cove Suites for its support at the finish line.
The 22nd Annual La Jolla Junior Olympics was held at Edwards Stadium at La Jolla High School on May 19. More than 800 participants, ages 5-12, competed in five events. Gold, Silver and Bronze medals were given out for each “heat” of each event, and 973 medals were awarded. Children from Bird Rock Elementary, The Evans School, La Jolla Elementary, The Stella Maris Academy, Torrey Pines Elementary, The Children’s School, The Gillispie School, All Hallows Academy, and The San Diego French American School participated.
The winner of the Boys Relay Race was Torrey Pines Elementary. The winner of the Girls Relay was The Children’s School. Calvin Hyytinen from Bird Rock Elementary was the fastest boy (400-meter run); Julia Chen from La Jolla Elementary was the fastest girl (400-meter run).
It took approximately 100 volunteers to stage this event. The Kiwanis Club thanks our families and friends, the UCSD Circle K Club (our collegiate affiliate), the Key Clubs of La Jolla and University High Schools, the contingent of U.S. Marines from MCAS Miramar, the La Jolla YMCA and the many volunteers from our community. Our cadre of volunteer photographers took and delivered 3,000 photos to the schools for distribution after the event.
The Junior Olympics is completely free to the participants. Which bring us to… PANCAKE TIME!
The Kiwanis Club of La Jolla is proud to host its 50th Annual Pancake Breakfast, 7:30-11:30 am. Saturday, July 27 at La Jolla Recreation Center. This event was created as a way of giving back to families and businesses for all the support the club has received from the La Jolla community. Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to “Changing the world one child and one community at a time”.
Over the years, the event expanded from the San Diego Trust and Savings parking lot on Girard Avenue to its present location at the Rec Center. We have lots of fun activities for the kids — ponyrides, astro-jumps, crafts, face painting — and this year a balloonologist, too!
Families will be treated to a great breakfast of all-you-can-eat blueberry, plain and chocolate-chip pancakes, sausages, juice and coffee. Parents will enjoy the live band, raffle and auction items donated by merchants from La Jolla and San Diego. There is still time to donate!
We would love to have everyone stop by for the special 50th Anniversary Pancake Breakfast, which we are holding in connection with the La Jolla Recreation Center’s “Celebrate the Family Month.” Tickets can be bought the day of the event or prior at C & H Photo, 7442 Girard Ave. Tickets are $10. Children, ages 10 and under, may attend for free. For more information, call Kiwanis Club President Megan Aarnaes (949) 413-6826 or Pancake Breakfast Chairman Craig Bratlien (858) 945-2280.
Won’t you join us? We’ll “make a big noise” as we enrich our community together! To discuss volunteer opportunities or arrange a visit to our weekly meeting, e-mail me at Henry@ljpb.biz — lunch is on me!
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