By Pete Borello
Although the COVID-19 pandemic prompted the cancellation of all the rivalry games between Los Altos and Mountain View highs this spring, the schools will get one opportunity to compete against each another.
The sports boosters at the two schools have come together to organize this weekend’s MVLA Strong virtual 5K walk/run, which includes a friendly competition to see which one raises the most money for Community Services Agency. Participants can join Team LAHS or Team MVHS when registering online for the event, which costs $5 (additional donations are welcome).
Mountain View High School Sports Boosters president Brett Schiller said CSA will keep track of the donations, which go directly to the local nonprofit.
“We don’t have a target (amount) – we’re just going for it,” he said. “We’re trying to get as many people as we can find and raise as much as we can.”
The booster clubs invite everyone in the community to participate – “The more the merrier,” Schiller said – and since it’s virtual, they may do the 5K either Friday, Saturday or Sunday.
“Bike, walk, skip, whatever – we don’t care,” Schiller said. “Just do it to support the community.”
There is one rule, he added: abide by the current social-distancing guidelines.
Initiated by his club, MVLA Strong came together in only a few weeks.
“We were having a meeting about next year and were concerned about school spirit (during the pandemic) and wanted to get the students re-engaged,” he said. “The director of our Turkey Trot said (that event) may not happen this year and she explained virtual runs to us. We started putting the pieces together and thought it would be great to do a running event while all the kids are home. That’s when someone suggested getting Los Altos involved and making it a competition.”
Los Altos High School Sports Boosters co-president Angela Player said her club was happy to collaborate with Mountain View.
“Brett and his team thought it would be a great idea to encourage both schools to support this fun run as a fundraiser for our communities during this time of need,” she said.
To register and for more information, visit mvlastrong.com.