Thursday, June 9, 2016

MEDIA ADVISORY FROM THE SAN DIEGO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT: Invitational Mile Run for Elementary Students in Honor of Chelsea King

Media Advisory from San Diego Unified School District,  June 9, 2016


Invitational Mile Run for Elementary Students in Honor of Chelsea King


WHAT: More than 150 elementary students from 16 San Diego schools are participating in the Chelsea King Invitational Mile. Students in grades 3-6 and some younger will compete against others in their grade level in this timed mile run.  


WHEN: Friday, June 10, 2016, 1-3:30 p.m.


WHERE: Lindbergh Schweitzer Elementary School’s dirt field/track, 4133 Mt. Albertine Ave, 92111



The Chelsea King Invitational Mile is open to deserving students throughout San Diego County in grades 3-6 (Some younger students are allowed with parental consent). The event is free of charge, chip-timed, and held each year at Lindbergh Schweitzer Elementary School. To participate, students must have a qualifying mile time of 7 minutes for boys, 8 minutes for girls. There is an 800-meter Buddy Run for those that want to participate but did not meet the qualifying times. The event is coordinated by PE teacher Mary Lou Baranowski. Special guests include famed miler and former Olympian Steve Scott and local runner/running expert Paul Greer.


Race Order:

1 p.m. - Welcome

National Anthem - Carly Mendoza (Junior, Madison HS)

1:10 p.m. – 800-meter Buddy Run

1:15 p.m. – Third-grade girls’ mile

1:30 p.m. – Third-grade boys’ mile

1:45 p.m.  – Fourth-grade girls’ mile

2 p.m. – Fourth-grade boys’ mile

2:15 p.m. – Third/Fourth-grade awards

Special guest speakers - TBD

2:30 p.m. – Fifth-grade girls’ mile

2:45 p.m. – Fifth-grade boys’ mile

3 p.m. – Sixth-grade girls’ mile

3:15 p.m. – Sixth-grade boys’ mile

3:30 p.m. – Fifth/Sixth-grade awards


PHOTOS/VISUALS: Students running the course, kids and adults running the 800-meter Buddy Run.


BACKGROUND: The Chelsea King Invitational Mile was conceived shortly after the tragic death of student Chelsea King, who was an avid runner and honors student at Poway High School. Chelsea was not only a diligent student but was also involved in the community. The Chelsea King Invitational Mile is made available to deserving students grades 3-6 who wish to pursue the goals that Chelsea emulated.


Contact: Mary Lou Baranowski, 858-361-2885 (cell)




Jennifer Cornelius Rodriguez

Information Services Specialist - Communications, San Diego Unified School District

4100 Normal Street, Room 2145 | San Diego, CA 92103-2682

Cell | 619-847-6029  Office | 619-725-5598 | Email: