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High school athletes challenge Concord City Council to beat Clayton and Walnut Creek councils in 5k support

By Theresa Harrington
Sunday, October 9th, 2011 at 8:16 am in Concord, Education, Mt. Diablo school district.

The Concord City Council is ready to take on the Clayton and Walnut Creek city councils in an annual challenge: to see who can show the most support for the 5k run at 9 a.m. today that will raise money for Mt. Diablo school district sports.

Three athletes from Concord and Ygnacio Valley high schools spoke to the council Sept. 27, urging the city leaders to show Clayton and Walnut Creek who’s got the most school spirit.

You can see the speeches and the council’s reactions online at Click on “Public Comment” under the regular 6:30 p.m. meeting.

Signups have been slow this year, but it’s not too late to register.

The high school with the most participants wins a trophy. The past two years, Clayton Valley High School has won, said Pat Middendorf, the school’s athletic director and co-race coordinator.

Here are the event details:

The United Mt. Diablo Athletic Foundation’s third annual “Save Our Sports” walk and run registration will begin at 8 a.m. Sunday at Newhall Park, at Ayers and Turtle Creek roads in Concord.

Competitive run is at 9 a.m., fun run and walk is at 9:45 a.m. and “kiddie” run and walk for children 8 and under is at 10:30 a.m.

Cost is $10 for kiddie event, $30 day of race for other participants. More information is available by visiting

Which city council and school do you think will show the most support?

OCT. 13 UPDATE: Here’s a link to the competitive race results:

OCT. 14 UPDATE: Marci Finley informed me that 400 participants signed up on the day of the race and that a total 1,350 people participated overall. A report of the total money raised is expected by next week.

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