Zimbabwe Run and Fair brings out best in art and athleticism

Courtesy of Ellen Clark
Kela Mavhera sets a new course record for the Girls Seventh- and Eighth-Grade Mile with a run of 5:45. She and her family drove up from Southern California to support the cause. Kela’s parents were born and raised in Zimbabwe.

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The Sustainable Living Foundation’s 16th annual Zimbabwe Run and Fair was a rousing success, according to foundation president Ellen Clark, a Los Altos resident.

Totals have yet to be finalized, but Clark said this year’s Run and Fair, held March 22 at St. Joseph Catholic School in Mountain View, raised more than $32,000 for AIDS orphans in Zimbabwe.

“This year’s event was absolutely amazing,” Clark said. “We had five course records which, in and of itself, was a record. And the art was unbelievable.”

“I never had such a good time,” said Brian Golter of Los Altos, visiting his first Zimbabwe Run.

In addition to runs, the event featured live performances, ethnic foods, an art exhibition and crafts.

“I loved seeing the variety of kids who showed up at our event,” Clark said, “kids from all ethnic groups.”

Local top finishers in the races included: Shanley Davey, 6, of Almond School; Kevin Beebe, 7, of Bullis Charter School; Laura McKenzie, 12, of Gardner Bullis School; Kevin Andrews, 12, of Almond; and Ally Lai, 14, of Mountain View High School. Recognized artists included Hannah Black of Springer School and Laura MacKenzie of Gardner Bullis.

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