We took four of our older kids – all college students! – down to San Diego for the “Tri-Palooza” Endurance Sports Awards on February 21, hosted
by our old friend Bob Babbitt. Isi Ibarra, Miguel Ibarra, Jesus Soto and Josh
Rodriguez-Irons got up close and personal with some of their sports heroes:
Olympic silver medalist and Boston & New York Marathon
winner Meb Keflezighi
Miguel, Isi, Jesus and Josh with two-time
World Champion Tim DeBoom
Miguel and Isi with 5K U.S. record-holder Molly
The gang with Rudy Garcia-Tolson and some of his
& Joseph Patterson both won academic awards from their school district.
Bell won his local GATE (gifted student program) competition and is moving
on to the State level.
English received this award (below) from the President’s Educational Award
Program honoring Outstanding Academic Excellence, for his 3.87 GPA. It’s
signed by President Obama:
Desert Triathlons: Two days of racing in La
Quinta, California. Saturday’s Sprint and Duathlon were major tests for the
kids, with fierce winds kicking up some serious sand storms. On Sunday
temperatures plummeted and a whipping rain lashed at the International distance
racers, including Josh and EE’s new board member, Elizabeth Cholawsky.
Unfortunately, we don’t have pictures from Sunday: The conditions were as bad for
photography as they were for racing. But Josh Rodriguez-Irons took these on
Orion putting on his game
face while getting some encouragement from Trailer Craig
When the winds blew the buoys
off the course, the lifeguards on surfboards
tried to keep swimmers to the original track
Natalie, determined as ever
Jamajae hot-footing it out of transition
Joseph burning it into the finish
Saul and Alex: Fierce friends...fierce competitors
Jesus and Cherie with Superintendent of Schools Dale Marsden
Meli's face says it all
Palm Springs Half Marathon & 5K:
Always so great when parents get
and now they're even challenging the kids!
Gabby, showing some of the best running form
I’ve ever seen
Glenn, Ahris and
Arian: Perennial winners
And –fasten your seat belts – who’s that
guy at the finish line?
The kids loved racing with Lee.
- Loma Linda 5K
Phillip, Gilbert, Laquel and Laquan ready to race
well done! (And you can really taste those medals.)
That's Cypress Elementary principal Mr. Rubio on the right
Splendid times were had by