“Come out and join in the Make Room for Santa 5k!” “Okay! Where?” About thirty-five 12 and 13 year-olds got onto the bus by 5:30 a.m. on a chilly December morning in 2010. Many had never been to The District in Tustin. They came in whatever clothes they had — and in whatever footwear they had. They lined up in front at the start line … and were off! Running along the streets of The District, past the huge hangers, our kids ran their hearts out. Why? Because they were part of something new! They had joined RUNSTRONG, the after school running club at their intermediate schools that began in October, 2010. Sponsored by the Kevin Armstrong, M.D. Memorial Sports Foundation, the RUNSTRONG Program was off to an exciting start — just like the runners!
Since then the RUNSTRONG program has flourished. During the 2018-19 school year, an average of 150 RunStrong students from five different Intermediate Schools competed in four running events throughout Orange County including the DinoDash in Tustin, the Santa Run in Irvine and the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation "Reaching for a Cure" run in Irvine. In addition to covering the cost of all registration fees, students who successfully complete RUNSTRONG program requirements receive a new pair of ASICS running shoes.
Congratulations to all of our students who placed at the various races, earning medals and other awards. A SPECIAL THANKS go to our VOLUNTEER running coaches and The Orange County Youth Sports Foundation. Go RunStrong!!!
For more information download our 2015 Flyer.
"On January 9, 2010, a few students from Carr Intermediate School went to the 5k in Irvine. I just wanted to say how thankful I am. In the following paragraphs I would like to tell you a few reasons why I am thankful and how much fun I had. Once again, I would like to thank you for making this possible for us at Carr Intermediate. Not many students get the chance to run a 5k for free. In all the years that I have gone to school never had I gotten a chance like that. This was one of the greatest experiences I have ever had because it was so amazing the way they take pictures of you at the finish line. Not only that, but they gave us snacks and small prizes. I really did not see that coming. Never have I ever run a 5k. If they do this again next year I will definitely go. But, for now, I would like to thank you once again for this great experience". - Diana, Carr Intermediate School in Santa Ana, California