Their laid-back persona and silly commentary among 25 impressionable children during opening stretches at the Screenland 5K Sunday afternoon training sessions lead the casual observer to believe members of the Culver City High School cross country team are just like you and me.
Far from it.
The coed team has the highest grade point average of any Centaur athletic squad, and ranks among the top 10 teams in the state in G.P.A . and national testing scores.
They’re still goofy as ever at the free Screenland 5K workshops, and the kids respond.
Train for the once-in-a-century Culver City Centennial Screenland 5K with a professional triathlete and an Olympic medalist on Sundays, 4 pm, at Culver City High School track to get you ready for your Academy Awards Sunday morning journey through two movie studios and a towering rainbow.
All ages and abilities are invited to the free weekly workshops that will run right up to race day, Feb. 26, 2017.
“This is the perfect opportunity to get out and enjoy being active as a family. We will start with easy run and walk intervals building up each week to running the full 5K on race day,” said training session leader Kirsten Bell, who completed her third Ironman Triathlon in Quebec’s Mont Tremblant this past summer. Bell ran the Senshu Marathon in sister city Japan as a representative of the Culver City Sister City Committee.
Braving the winter chill, wind, rain and holiday shopping fatigue, 45 walkers and runners, ages seven to 70 participated in the first of weekly Sunday training sessions at the Culver City High School track led by local professional trainer and triathlete Kirsten Bell and New York Marathon champion Rod Dixon.
Bell and Dixon, a four-time Olympian, will lead the next free session, this Sunday, 4 pm, with assistance from the Culver City High School cross country team in preparation for the Culver City Centennial Screenland 5K on Academy Awards Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017.
Reflecting on his achievement as he received his Swag Bag from Culver City Mayor Jim Clarke, Screenland 5K champion Terence Galasso said finishing first among 3,400 Screenland 5K runners and walkers matched the breathtaking feeling of community among hundreds of families in Culver City’s Centennial Celebration on Academy Awards Sunday.
“Going into the studios and passing by the entertainment and attractions along the entire course made it one of my most enjoyable races. I felt as if I was part of a huge family here. Everyone was having a great time,” said the former Boston University distance title holder, who completed the inaugural event on a rain swept morning at 16 minutes, 13 seconds.
Harley Richards placed second at 16:45, followed by Stevie Steinberg at 16:52 in the Centennial race, which featured 430 costumed entrants, vying for Swag Bag prizes.
Bridget Blum won the ladies title at 17:51. Rachel Miura took second at 17:57 and Grace Padilla finished third at 18:24.
Gold medalist Allyson Felix and New York Marathon champ Rod Dixon discuss paths to child’s athletic success in sports panel conducted by Screenland 5K sponsor Turning Point School
The most decorated American woman in Olympic track and field history is learning from failure, pursuing goals the “right way” and maintaining “balance” in life.
Allyson Felix, whose nine Olympic medals are the most of any U.S. female track and field athlete in the Games, shared her athletic experiences and offered thoughts on how adults can constructively support children’s involvement in athletics at a sports panel held at Turning Point School, a Screenland 5K Golden Wizard sponsor.
Screenland 5K guests followed the yellow brick road in the Culver City downtown block party’s family fun zone and painted bricks on the famous street from the Wizard of Oz. They experienced a 3-D Emerald City photo exhibit, watched acclaimed street artists chalk movie scenes, and tried their hand at chalking the streets themselves in celebration of the city’s 100th birthday.
Guests also posed next to movie and television character standees from Culver City-based productions, which they will see at the Screenland 5K on Academy Awards Sunday morning, Feb. 26, 2017.