Young athletes on mark to show Olympic skills
by Anne Terhune
Published - 06/04/09 - 12:43 AM | 2583 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Students from nine La Jolla elementary schools — both public and private — will gather at La Jolla High’s athletic field Sunday, June 7 to win bragging rights for themselves and their schools.

The 18th annual Junior Olympics, presented by the Kiwanis Club of La Jolla, promises to be the biggest yet. With more than 670 registrations as of June 1, the event has already surpassed last year’s record number of 661 participants.

Students will test their mettle in an obstacle course, broad jump, softball throw and track events, including boys and girls team relay races and the crowning event, the Fastest Girl and Fastest Boy in La Jolla races.

The Junior Olympics is open to students ages 5 to 12 who attend The Gillispie School, Stella Maris Academy, The Evans School, The Children’s School, All Hallows Academy and Torrey Pines, La Jolla and Bird Rock elementary schools. The San Diego French American School will also participate this year for the first time.

The top three finishers in each event will receive a medal, while all participants get a ribbon. Winners of the relay team races and Fastest Boy and Fastest Girl races will take home a trophy as well as a medal, while the school with the most participants will be given the SPIRIT Award trophy.

The Kiwanis Club supports the Junior Olympics through fund-raisers such as Kiwanis Pancake Day and the La Jolla Half Marathon. Approximately 100 volunteers ensure that each athletic event runs smoothly.

Check-in begins at 7:15 a.m. June 7, with the first events following at 8:30 a.m. La Jolla High’s Edwards Stadium is behind the school at 750 Nautilus St.
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