Racing toward scholarships
Fewer people participated in this year’s Toyota of Orange 5K Run/Walk. About 1,800 people participated in Chapman seventh annual 5K Run/Walk Saturday, while more than 2,200 people participated last year.
Guy Hinrichs, director of special events, said there were more paid participants this year than in the past.
“The purpose is for everyone to have fun and as an incentive for people to get healthy throughout the year,” said President Jim Doti.
Participants, ages ranging from 3 to 82, along with several dogs, raced through the Orange Circle, past historic homes, Orange City Hall, through the Global Citizens Plaza and back under Schmid Gate.
The event raises money for the Chapman Scholarship Fund. Hinrichs said about $90,000 was made for the scholarship fund by Oct. 2. A final estimate of the amount raised was not available as of press time.
Seven participants, including Doti, were mentioned as legacy runners prior to the start of the race because they have participated in the Chapman 5K since its inception.
Sydney Gidabuday, a 16-year-old El Modena High School student, won the race, coming in at 15:92.
“I thought I would make the top five but I did not think I would win,” Gidabuday said.
Doti placed third in his 65-69 age division with a time of 24:08. He said he has always won a trophy at the Chapman 5K.
“My times are going to get slower and slower, but as I grow older I will move into older age divisions,” Doti said.
John Creel, 76, pushed his wife, Ingrid, all the way to the finish line in her wheelchair. This is the fourth race he has run with her since she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
“I don’t like [being pushed in the races], but he likes it a lot,” Ingrid Creel said.
The Creels crossed the finish line at 34:24. The race cost participants $25 to $45, depending on the date they registered.
Trophies were awarded to the top three female and male participants in 15 separate age divisions. All participants received commemorative medals after completing the race.