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220 yards, ½ mile and the Classic Mile. It’s all at The Annual Run for Zimbabwe Orphans—fun combined with philanthropy for the entire family! The Zim Run features 11 cross-country races spaced 15 minutes apart. The pre-school 220 yard race is at 1 p.m. followed by the kindergarten ½ mile. Then, there are a series of one-mile races for each gender in grades 1 to 8. The high school and post high school milers close out the day with some hot close finishes in the sub 5 minute range!
To sponsor an orphan, volunteer or enter art fair
SLF depends upon YOU! The Zim Run is as much for USA kids as it is for kids in Zimbabwe. Could you sponsor an orphan for $350 a year? Could you donate funds so that a low-income kid may run? Could you volunteer for a time slot? Do you have a special talent such as African drumming? Would you like to enter our children’s art exhibition? Contact SLF today at www.ZimbabweParaguay.org with the way you choose to help! Even the smallest thing can make a big difference.
Hot course records
The classic mile distance attracts huge crowds of spectators. The course is a flat two lapper over grass, dirt and black top with a u-turn. The animal mascots provide lively cheering. Course records include: 5:48 for 7/8th grade girls’ mile, McKayla Plank (St. Simon) and Erin Robinson (Terman); and 5:11 for 7th/8th grade boys’ by Giorgio Liantono (Cupertino Middle) and Jose Pina (Luther Burbank). Zimbabwe Master Runner, Gray Mavhera, is an awards presenter at the meet.
While the cross-country meet is being run, the Zimbabwe Fair is in full swing starting at noon. Two Zim bands rock the crowd. There are Zim games, a children’s art exhibition and a food buffet featuring the traditional food of Zimbabwe, Sadza. Prizes include finisher ribbons for artists and runners, championship cups for the top three in each race and team prizes. The Clark family of Los Altos head up The Sustainable Living Foundation who put on the meet with a great deal of community support. The mission of SLF is simple and direct: Inspire kids to stay fit and help others. Raise funds for the orphanage, Makumbi Children’s Home in Zimbabwe.