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Optimist Club’s Sports Fiesta Raises More Than $50,000 For Local Youth Activities

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Posted: Friday, August 23, 2019 4:00 pm | Updated: 4:23 pm, Fri Aug 23, 2019.

Nearly all of the numbers are in, and the 48th annual Optimist Club of Coronado’s Sports Fiesta raised $52,000 and counting as donations and sponsor dollars continue to trickle in. All of that money will help support youth sports and youth activities in Coronado.

The Sports Fiesta includes a mini triathlon and a separate 1-mile rough water swim and 5K, plus tournaments in beach volleyball and lawn bowling. In all, 205 athletes participated, their ages ranging from 7 to 85.

The coveted Hard Rock award, for combined best performance in the triathlon, rough water swim and 5K went to Debra Yniquez who bested Elizabeth Granquist by 8 seconds on the ladies side. The men’s Hard Rock winner was Alan Kraklow who finished nearly 8 minutes ahead of his nearest competitor.

A full list of winners in each age category can be found below.

“The Optimist Club of Coronado is pleased with the money raised and thanks the business community and individual donors for their support,” said Optimist Club member, and the event’s organizer, Bill Parry. “It was a beautiful day, all participants and spectators had a great time.  We are especially appreciative of the support we received from the Commander of Naval Base Coronado, Captain Timothy Slentz, as well as the NASNI staff who provided us with an extended route over which to conduct the bike and 5K races. Also, the City of Coronado did their usual great job in support of the community and of Sports Fiesta 2019.”

The Optimists are already considering ways to improve on this year’s event. “We intend to build on the success of this and last year’s Sports Fiestas by increasing participation, expanding our race routes and adding new events,” commented incoming Optimist Club of Coronado President, Dennis Dorman. “The Optimists worked hard to make this happen, especially Rob Kracht who managed a very successful ad sales campaign. I am looking forward to continued success next year.”

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