MVLA Strong 2021

Anny Frehner runs in last month’s MVLA Strong virtual 5K. This year’s event raised money for the Community Health Awareness Council.

The second MVLA Strong virtual 5K walk/run recently raised more than $3,000 for the Community Health Awareness Council.

After last year’s successful run – which raised $3,265 for Community Services Agency – the sports boosters at Los Altos and Mountain View high schools decided to host yet another virtual 5K, this time for mental health.

“As the pandemic has shifted and people have responded to it, mental health services are where we should focus our needs,” race director Kjersti Nelson said.

Based in Mountain View, CHAC provides affordable mental health services for students in the Mountain View Los Altos Union, Los Altos, Mountain View Whisman and Sunnyvale school districts.

Just like last year, participants – who registered for a fee of $10 – were able to run, walk or bike the 5 kilometers anytime on June 4, 5 or 6, and then upload their results. While last year’s run boasted 262 participants, this year’s event had only 95.

“Last year we had over double that number, but I do think it’s in the range of what we were hoping for,” Nelson said. “I think that virtual races aren’t as popular as in-person races, and also people are getting a little tired of doing so much fundraising.”

Of the 95 participants, 34 submitted their results. Of those, Nathan Morris took first place for MVHS with a time of 18 minutes and 42 seconds, while Nelson placed second (22:14) and Matt White took third (22:50).

According to Nelson, the event raised a total of $3,015.94, all of which will be given to CHAC. Registration fees amounted to $950, and the remaining funds came from direct donations.

Similar to last year, participants were able to select either Team MVHS or Team LAHS as part of the friendly fundraising competition. While Team MVHS took the lead last year, Team LAHS won this year, raising $734.64 (including donations) in comparison to the $282.01 raised by Team MVHS.

As for future races, the MVHS and LAHS sports boosters have not yet decided whether the race will become an annual event, Nelson said.

For complete results and more information on the event, visit MVLAstrong.com.