Wed07302014

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Great Grizzly Fun Run draws hundreds to Hills


Courtesy of Heather Rose
Participants take off from the starting line at the Great Grizzly Fun Run, including Olympian Brad Hauser, front left. Hauser, a Gardner Bullis parent who helped organize the race, competed in the 5,000-meter run at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Australia.

More than 200 people participated in the inaugural Great Grizzly Fun Run, a 5-kilometer run/walk hosted by Gardner Bullis School in Los Altos Hills.

Children and adults took part in the May 31 event – some of them in or pushing strollers – and several brought along their dogs. The Gardner Grizzly mascot made an appearance as well.

“This fun run was well run, fun for all and gave my second-grader the confidence to reach a stretch goal,” Gardner Bullis parent Heather Rose said. “This was her first 5K, and now she has the confidence to do more of these types of events.”

Participants received refreshments at the finish line. Olympian Brad Hauser, a Gardner Bullis parent who helped organize the event, then led shorter races for the younger children on the school’s upper field.

“It was great to see the Los Altos students and their families come out to support fitness and a healthy lifestyle,” said Hauser, a Stanford University graduate who competed in the 5,000-meter run at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia.

The fun run was a fundraiser for the Los Altos Educational Foundation and supported by the Gardner PTA and On Your Mark running store in Los Altos.

“We look forward to hosting this event again next year, as it was a great way to bring all of our local schools and community together and raise critical funds for the LAEF,” said Susan Edwards, who worked with Hauser and others to put on the fun run.

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