Hundreds compete in Ryan’s Run in Ortega

Nearly 200 runners competed in the Fourth Annual 5K Ryan’s Run at Ortega United Methodist Church Nov. 5.

A fundraising event to support the church and its children’s ministries, the event honors Ryan Perry, a Bolles student and member of Ortega UMC, who tragically passed away in 2012 after an accident on a rope swing on the Bolles middle school campus.

The race, which began on Iroquois Avenue behind the church offices, allowed competitors a scenic run through the beautiful tree-lined Ortega neighborhood streets before finishing in the church’s courtyard near Roosevelt Boulevard. Prior to the race, which was the main event, a one-mile fun run was held, which was enjoyed by children of all ages.

Winning the fun run was Harrison Cavendish of San Marco, who completed the course in 6:37. “A teenager was ahead of me the whole race, but then he started walking,” Cavendish recalled. “I felt great. It was my first overall win and my best time. Last time I did 6:50 and my goal today was to get in the 6:40s.”

Michelle Kroeger of Avondale was the first woman to finish the 5K race and fifth overall with a time of 19:47. At age 41 she was also on top in the open women’s category.

Kevin Ding, 17, a boarding student on the Bolles Upper School campus in San Jose, placed 11 overall and was third in the men’s 14-19 division with a time of 21:37.

After the event, participants enjoyed a post-race celebration, which included food and games for the entire family.

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