Local families get a kick out of class

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Ivan (last name withheld) trains at Kuk Sool Won of Los Altos last week. His sister takes classes there as well.

Six days a week, 8-year-old Ajay Sawant trains at Kuk Sool Won of Los Altos martial arts school, joined by his dad Danny Sawant and grandfather some days. Having so many members of the same family train under him at the American Legion Hall isn’t new to chief instructor David Hespelt.

“We had three generations, but that isn’t the only one,” he said. “Kuk Sool Won is just an all-around great body activity.”

Triathlete from Los Altos qualifies for next year's world championships

Courtesy of Sam Harding
Mary Ann Bogart, center, stands atop the podium at the USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships in Cleveland.

Mary Ann Bogart may be 75 years old, but she shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

The longtime Los Altos resident placed first in her division (women 75-79) at last month’s USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships in Cleveland. That qualified her to represent Team USA at the ITU Draft-Legal Sprint-Distance World Championships next year in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Trailblazer Race hits milestone Sunday in MV

Courtesy of Scott Trappe
Runners take part in last year’s Trailblazer Race.

Although it was 24 years ago, Tom Bornheimer said he still remembers running the second Stevens Creek Trailblazer Race.

The former Los Altos resident recalled standing at the starting line among 100 other runners, walkers, joggers and toddlers, and then taking off through the old Silicon Graphics campus and into Shoreline Park.

Participation in prep sports sets record in California

High school sports participation continues to increase in California and is at an all-time high for the seventh consecutive year, according to the 2018-19 California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Sports Participation Survey released last month.

Up by 0.67% since the 2017-18 survey by the CIF (which governs the state’s high school sports), 814,004 student-athletes competed in education-based athletic programs in California last school year.

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