PASA helps swimmers affected by hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico

Courtesy of Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics
Members of Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics take part in a swimathon in Los Altos Hills to benefit a swim team in Puerto Rico.

Swimmers from Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics (PASA) have raised more than $3,500 for a swim team in Puerto Rico affected by Hurricane Maria.

Several PASA members who helped raise money are Los Altos residents, including Sylvie Patterson. The 11-year-old played a prominent role in the fundraiser for Nadadores Ponce Leones Swim Team in Ponce, Puerto Rico.

Time to trot

Ryan Chen/Special to the Town Crier
Fiona and Ryan Lau run in last year’s Spartan Turkey Trot at Mountain View High. The event drew 1,200 participants.

Thanksgiving morning marks the start of the eighth annual Spartan Turkey Trot, the only race ever approved to run on the streets of Mountain View.

The race – which starts and finishes at Mountain View High and also includes nearby streets – is the brainchild of Mike Mulkey, former assistant coach of the Spartans’ boys basketball team. The turkey trot has grown from approximately 100 participants in 2010 to nearly 1,200 last year.

Los Altos Hills-trained endurance rider Wyatt participates in challenging 100-mile Tevis Cup

Jody Wyatt competes in an endurance sport that requires help from a four-legged friend.

Five to six days a week, she and her 11-year-old daughter, Leyla, rigorously train with their horses in open space preserves, often in Los Altos Hills. They do this to improve their endurance riding – an equestrian sport that requires riding horses anywhere from 5 to 100 miles over difficult terrain.

Poor air quality prompts games to be canceled at local schools

Smoky skies prompted the cancellation of several high school sporting events and practices last week – including Friday night’s homecoming football game at Los Altos.

The Eagles were looking to reschedule the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division game against Saratoga for Nov. 9, “but nothing is set in stone,” Los Altos athletic director Michelle Noeth said Friday.

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