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Running for the health of it

Effort helps raise funds for Henry Mayo

Posted: October 2, 2008 9:23 p.m.
Updated: December 4, 2008 5:00 a.m.
More than 500 runners participated in the 24th annual "Run for the Health of It" 5K event to benefit Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital. More than 500 runners participated in the 24th annual "Run for the Health of It" 5K event to benefit Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital.
More than 500 runners participated in the 24th annual "Run for the Health of It" 5K event to benefit Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital.

Whether they ran, walked or strolled across the finish line, about 500 participants, as well as event sponsors, raised $60,000 for Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital during the hospital's 24th annual "Run for the Health of It" 5K event on Sept. 27.

William S. Hart High senior and cross country runner Angel "War Machine" Provincia, 17, was the overall winner, with a time of 16:40. Provincia, cheered on by his coach and cross country teammates, came to the race to work on his 5K proficiency.

"When I saw the entry price, at first I was like whoa, but when I realized it went to help the hospital, I said OK," he said.

Registrants paid $30 to run the course, which started at Henry Mayo and ended at the United Methodist Church.

"Run for the Health of It" kicked off with the Kiddie K in the hospital parking lot. The 10-year-old and under race was led by Dr. Robert Horth, staff cardiologist at Henry Mayo, who was decked out in a "Healthcare Hero" costume, complete with cape and bulging biceps.

Two of the Hall family's three children competed in the Kiddie K: Allison, 9, and Ryan, 3, while the entire Hall family entered the 5K event. "Our Dad made us do this," said Rachel Hall, 12.

"To be healthy," Tina Hall the children's mother, said with a smile.

"Ryan was born at Henry Mayo, so we're supporters of the hospital, but we also thought this was a fun family and community event for us to participate in," she said.

California State Assemblyman Cameron Smyth of Valencia watched from the sidelines with his sons, while waiting to see his wife Lena cross the finish line.

"She's been doing this race for a couple of years now. Both of our sons were born at Henry Mayo and we support the hospital 100 percent. Today is a great way to have fun, be healthy, and show that support," Smyth said.

Raffle prizes and results were the focus immediately following the race, as the large audience eagerly awaited to hear the winners. The first award given was the perpetual trophy to the Henry Mayo team with the most registrants. This year, "Section Zero" took the title with 100 registrants; team leader Dr. Roscoe Marter and two nurses from Henry Mayo's Women's Services Unit accepted the prize.

For the "Run," Provincia took home the overall title, as well as the 15-18 category, while Samantha Asenaid, also in the 15-18 category, took home the top female overall title with a time of 21:28.

Terry Bucknall, director of the Sheila R. Veloz Breast Imaging Center at Henry Mayo, didn't take home a category prize, but still felt like a winner. "I take advantage of every chance I get to exercise and support the hospital," she said.

"Run for the Health of It" Category Winners
10 and under
Noah Peterson, 1st place male, 23:07
Kristen Siegman, 1st place female, 29:13
Kevin Frank, 1st place male, 24:22
Michelle Florentine, 1st place female, 27:33
Angel Provincia, 1st place male, 16:40
Samantha Asenaid, 1st place female, 21:28
Bernardo Silva, 1st place male, 17:31
Beth Liechti, 1st place female, 23:33
Andrew Jarvinen, 1st place male, 19:19
Angela Gonzales, 1st place female, 26:06
Chris Clark, 1st place male, 17:22
Chriss Lyons, 1st place female, 22:38
Gerardo Vega, 1st place male, 20:43
Maria Shields, 1st place female, 24:22
Mike Marcinko, 1st place male, 19:54
Mareen Kono, 1st place female, 25:22
Lon Richardson, 1st place male, 18:52
Jen Brickner, 1st place female, 24:03
Jim Walsh, 1st place male, 20:01
Carmen Albanes, 1st place female, 24:03
Rick Joly, 1st place male, 22:04
Brenda George, 1st place female, 26:54
Alan Brown, 1st place male, 22:15
Yoko Eichel, 1st place female, 23:24
Roger Wood, 1st place male, 27:20
Dolores Cortez, 1st place female, 27:58


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