Ragnar Relay race for Monarch School to help the future of the homeless

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Wonderful people volunteer their time to help raise awareness of many diseases or raise funds for the less fortunate. But some East County runners are putting on their track shoes in a benefit for Monarch School in San Diego. Monarch is a k-12 school that provides education, food, clothing, along with shelter and extracurricular activities for the homeless.

Wonderful people volunteer their time to help raise awareness of many diseases or raise funds for the less fortunate. But some East County runners are putting on their track shoes in a benefit for Monarch School in San Diego. Monarch is a k-12 school that provides education, food, clothing, along with shelter and extracurricular activities for the homeless.

Each Ragnar Relay race is approximately 200 miles, in distance, with races lasting two days and one night. There are two types of teams, traditional and ultra. A traditional team is made up of 12 runners while the ultra is made up of six. Each runner on a traditional team is responsible for running three legs of the race, with each leg of the race ranging from 3-8 miles.

The total distance a runner has ranges from 9-21 miles, which works out great since there are so many different skill levels on most teams. 

Race legs vary in distance, between 3-8 miles. Some of the legs can be as short as 2 miles and as long as 13.5 miles. 

This particular race will take place on the morning of April 4 at 9 a.m. Maniacs For Monarch, is the name of this heartfelt bunch.

The team consists of 12 friends, team leader, Dan McCormack, Tiffany Lynn, Valeria Dickens, Evelyn Cwiklik, Stephanie Lapera, Erika Sherwood, Ryan Holland, Randy Castillo, Michael Michaels, Joe Campo, Edwin Celleri, Chris Squillaci. They are running the Southern California Ragnar Relay to raise funds for and awareness for Monarch School in downtown San Diego.

This is the second year that team leader Dan McCormack is running the relay for Monarch.

“I am a firm believer in the teachers and the program that helps so many children, that would otherwise be homeless,” said McCormack. “Our whole goal in this relay is to have fun, and to raise a lot of money for Monarch School, which will help educate and develop our future leaders, and keep them off the streets.”

Last year McCormack only had time to dedicate as a runner, but became a believer in the program after meeting with the actual students.

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