Rain & runners shine at 1st 5K “Run for Love”

Competitors gather for the start of the Domestic Violence Solutions 5k Run for Love on Saturday at Goleta Beach Park. (Randy Weiss Photos)

Competitors gather for the start of the Domestic Violence Solutions 5k Run for Love on Saturday at Goleta Beach Park. (Randy Weiss Photos)

It’s an “outpouring” of support at Goleta Beach Park…

Randy Weiss

Randy Weiss

WEISSCRAX: With a fun, creative
flair, Randy Weiss showcases
the lighter side of sports,
or sportz as he calls it.
Randy’s work from Presidio
Sports has surfaced in Parade
Magazine and Runner’s World.
Randy can usually be found on
the pool decks at local water polo
matches, in the ocean for Reef &
Run and Nite Moves summer series,
and at a zillion community and
sporting events around town.

Heavy rain.

Then clearing skies and bright sun at the start.

Even a rainbow!!

Plus over 200 runners, walkers and fans here for the inaugural “Run for Love” — a 5K run/walk for Domestic Violence Solutions (DVS).

It all starts with a call-to-action …

“We need to end domestic violence starting right here in our community,” states Hannah-Beth Jackson, California State Senator, 19th District, while addressing the pre-race crowd.

“And with your participation today, you make a very strong statement of support.”

Local fitness & motivational guru Jenny Schatzle next warms up the participants in her usual fun, “high-octane” style …

“It’s an incredible day,” beams Marsha Marcoe, DVS associate executive director.

Local fitness personality Jenny Schatzle (left) with Julie Capritto, DVS Board President

Local fitness personality Jenny Schatzle (left) with Julie Capritto, DVS Board President

Faces in the Crowd: Joyce Dudley, SB County District Attorney … DVS Board of Directors like: Julie Capritto, Maura Mitchell, Amber Ortiz & Tracy Sanginiti plus Claudette Roehrig, former DVS Board Prez … Santa Barbara Foundation’s Jan Campbell … United Way of SB County’s Steve Ortiz … Lindsay MacTavish, SB entrepreneur… DPHS Chargers Drumming Team & Cheerleaders … Carol Kallman & daughter, Dee Dee … community star Jeff Zamora and his Cox Media Family … Union Bank’s Christine Garnica … UCSB Alumni Association … and more!!

CHECK RACE RESULTS HERE

Pepe Gonzalez, was overall 1st place finisher (17:09) — he made the trek from Paso Robles after his wife saw the DVS public service race announcement on television.

First female finisher was Maura Mitchell, DVS Board member, at 25:21.

“It’s been a total team effort,” states Julie Capritto, DVS Board President.

“And extra special thanks to John Lofthus at the UCSB Alumni Association and our Race Director, Wally Marantette who kept us on course …”

Cox Media was well represented on Saturday.

Cox Media was well represented on Saturday.

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