Sunny’s 5k Run Sees High Turnout

The racers took off from the start line to show their hard work and dedication.
Runners take off at the sound of the gun to begin the Sun Valley Behavioral Medical 5K

IMPERIAL – The Sun Valley Behavioral Medical (SVBM) hosted their annual Sunny’s 5k run and one mile walk on October 8, to raise funds for the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) organization which provides support and help to foster children. CASA programs use trained, community volunteers to speak for abused and neglected children in court. Volunteers follow these children’s cases as they move through the court system, making sure children do not get lost in foster care.

This is the eighth year that SVBM has put on the fundraiser, and each year the funds raised go to a different charitable cause. Yet for the past three years, SVBM has opted to give the funds to the children of CASA.

“This is the third year working with the Sun Valley Behavioral Medical on this 5k run and I am proud to be able to work closely with them to help bring people out to raise funds for these individuals,” said Board President Chuck Fisher. “I would also like to thank Cruz Castelberry for organizing this entire event and making it such a success.”

People from all corners of the Valley participated in the run, with 50 lining up at the start line.

At eight o’clock, racers took their marks at the starting line. With the shot of the gun, the race begun and participants made their way along the track. Leo Banales finished first place with a time of 19 minutes and 24 seconds.

When racers crossed the finish line, SVBM and CASA had activities and food ready for the participants to thank them for their generosity.

“Having this event not only helps out the children of CASA, but spreads awareness for mental health issues in the valley,” said Fisher, “We are so lucky to be able to do these benefits in our community.”

The CASA Foundation plans to host a corn hole tournament and a Christmas party in December for the children.

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