By Macial Bustos and Melissa Lopez
3…2…1… Dino Dash has started! Early in the morning at 7 a.m. people from all over the area came to the most awaited event of the year, Dino Dash. Dino Dash is an event where people run or ride for education. All proceeds benefit the TUSD Schools and the Tustin Public Schools Foundation. It is a great event where anyone can participate in any of the runs, or just have a good time at the venue. No matter what the reason, “The Pitchfork” is on the scene.
At 7:15 a.m., the 10k race was on. Racers were pumped and ready to win a medal, beat their goal, or just have a fun time. Soon enough, the host blew the air horn and the racers were off! Roosevelt Cook finished first with a time of 32 minutes and 33 seconds. Right on his tail was Robert Freeman coming in second place with a time of 33 minutes and 16 seconds. Soon after came our third place winner, Aaron Perry, with a time of 34 minutes and 13 seconds.
Next at 8:30 a.m., the 5k race began with enthusiasm in the air. With slightly more participants running this time, it was notably crowded. But no matter, the racers were still eager to run and have a great time. Our first place winner for the 5k was Gabriel Hernandez coming in with a time of 15 minutes and 21 seconds. Next was Anthony Palazzo with a time of 15 minutes and 46 seconds. And finally our third place winner with a time of 16 minutes and 11 seconds was Christian Cushing-murray!
Finally the 2k run started at 9:30 a.m., also called a “Fun Run” because it is not timed. In the “Fun Run” a racer can enjoy a nice run and not worry about time. Besides races, spectators enjoyed a Dino Dash venue full of games and activities for kids, interesting information for adults, and of course the food court. Though the venue opened at 7:00 a.m., the food court opened at 9:00 a.m. Ms. Matos and Mr. Fresch both attended the event as well as Tustin High School cheerleaders who cheered on runners as they approached the finish line.
Overall, the Dino Dash is an event where the community helps TUSD schools with fun games, activities, food, and races. Its goal is to get people to support TUSD Schools and make it fun to contribute to education.
Interview with Mr. Fresch:
What do you enjoy about the Dino Dash?
Watching the community come together to support TUSD Schools.
How long have you been coming to Dino Dash?