FAIRFIELD, CA - Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District hosted the highly anticipated “FSUSD Runs This!” community fun run on Saturday, May 13, 2023. This vibrant community activity promotes healthy lifestyles and brings together residents from all walks of life. The free event allowed individuals of all ages and abilities to participate in a 1 Mile or 5K run or walk, emphasizing the importance of physical activity, community connections, and more fit youth.
The event was held at Crescent Elementary School and witnessed an enthusiastic turnout with 366 participants from the local community and schools. Participants had the option of an untimed 1 Mile run or walk on-campus or a timed 5K (3.1 miles) encompassing the school grounds and city paths. The 5K race incorporated Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) chip timing to ensure accurate results. Participants can access their official race times via printed copies or online, fostering a sense of achievement and healthy competition. The event recognized the top finishers in both the 1 Mile and 5K races. The winners are as follows:
1 Mile - Top Finishers:
1st Place - Griffin Doty, 6th grade at Green Valley
2nd Place - Xandiron Hazard, 5th grade at Nelda Mundy
3rd Place - Hannah Doty, 8th grade at Green Valley
5K - Top Finishers:
1st Place - Jeffrey Hazard, 8th grade at B Gale Wilson with a time of 17:15
2nd Place - Favian Villa, 10th grade at Public Safety Academy with a time of 19:21
3rd Place - Vince Sturgis, teacher at Crystal middle school with a time of 20:11
1st Place (girls) - Tatiana Sanchez, 5th grade at Sullivan Language Academy with a time of 22:27
2nd Place (girls) - Hannah Doty, 8th grade at Green Valley with a time of 24:39
3rd Place (girls) - Myisha Johnson, 9th grade at Fairfield High with a time of 26:35
“We were thrilled at the number of community members who joined us for ‘FSUSD Runs This!’” stated Superintendent Kris Corey. “This event exemplifies our belief that physical activity can bring people together, foster unity, and build community."
The event encouraged individuals and families to prioritize regular physical exercise while promoting an inclusive atmosphere for people of all fitness levels. “FSUSD Runs This!” seeks to instill lifelong habits that will benefit the community's overall health.
The success of the "FSUSD Runs This!" was thanks to the collective efforts of numerous individuals and organizations. Special recognition goes to Jodie Phan, Principal at Crescent Elementary School, and Kristen Soulsby, PE Teacher at Fairview, who co-hosted the event and played significant roles in its organization. The elementary school PE teachers, including Casey Casas, Chris Lundin, Jeff Drake, Kao Kong, Vance Hafner, and George Garcia, were instrumental in ensuring the event's success. Additionally, the support of Christian Stoll, an Armijo High School teacher, and students from the Armijo High School Leadership program, along with the Fairfield High School Leadership program, contributed to the smooth running of the event.
“FSUSD Runs This!” is part of a series of annual community events held throughout the school year by FSUSD. Although the event was temporarily suspended during the COVID-19 pandemic, FSUSD is thrilled to have the opportunity to bring the community together again. During the upcoming school year, there will be two “FSUSD Runs This!” fun runs, one in the fall and one in the spring.