Local family collects soccer equipment for Ethiopia

Courtesy of Ernie Ross
Ernie Ross, lacing up a pair of cleats, recently brought 300 pounds of donated soccer equipment to an Ethiopian orphanage.

When a family friend asked Alex Fairey if she had any old soccer equipment to donate to an orphanage in Ethiopia, the Los Altos resident was eager to help. Fairey not only handed over her kids’ old soccer gear, she also reached out to the community for donations.

She asked friends to donate and posted information about the drive on the Nextdoor website. Three weeks later, Fairey and her family had collected more than 300 pounds of cleats, jerseys, socks, referee gear, trophies, balls and more.

Embracing the Escape: MV resident Lambert enjoys & excels in triathlon

Finisher Pix/Special to the Town Crier
Greg Lambert of Mountain View competes in his first Escape from Alcatraz triathlon earlier this month in San Francisco.

With his newborn still in the hospital as the 39th annual Escape from Alcatraz approached, Greg Lambert found a creative way to train for what ranks as one of the most daunting triathlons on the planet.

“I ran the stairs at Stanford Hospital,” the Mountain View resident said. “There are four flights of stairs, so you can beat yourself up, if you want to.”

Pickleball picking up steam on new courts at Rengstorff Park

Courtesy of Monica Williams
Mountain View Mayor Lisa Matichak, center, cuts the ribbon on the new pickleball courts at Rengstorff Park. Mountain View resident Monica Williams, standing at right of Matichak, played an integral role in the project.

It has been two months since the opening of the pickleball courts at Rengstorff Park in Mountain View, and the person who played a prominent role in the project said it’s been a success.

Mountain View resident Monica Williams, president of the Palo Alto Pickleball Club and an ambassador of the USA Pickleball Association, said the two courts are “doing great.” Participants number 12-16 on any given day, according to Williams.

Running in Mass. at Boston Marathon

Courtesy of Caitlin Chrisman
Mountain View resident Caitlin Chrisman runs the Boston Marathon. She finished 401st overall and 27th in her division.

Last month, 30,000 runners – including 26 athletes from Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View – completed the pilgrimage to New England to compete in the 123rd Boston Marathon.

The top local finisher was Caitlin Chrisman of Mountain View, who finished 401st overall and was the 27th fastest in her division (women 18-39). She crossed the finish line in 2 hours, 40 minutes, which is a 6:08 mile pace for the 26.2 miles. Los Altos Hills’ Tatsuya Arai was the second fastest local participant, finishing in 2 hours, 50 minutes to place 1,149th overall and 882nd in his division (men 18-39).

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