The first annual Sisters of Notre Dame 5K Nun Run brought over 900 participants to La Reina High School’s campus on a brisk Saturday morning in late January. The event raised over $30,000 for the Life and Ministry Fund, which enables the sisters to remain in unpaid ministries throughout Southern California.
Anne Interrante, La Reina alumna, race coordinator and administrative associate for the Sisters of Notre Dame, first conceived of the idea for a 5K over a year ago.
“I thought it would be good for us to sponsor an event to bring the community together, young and old, in a fun and healthy way. Not just to raise awareness about what the sisters do, but also to reach out to a new group of supporters,” she said.
On the day of the race it was clear that a diverse cross-section of the Catholic community had come out to show their enthusiasm for the sisters. Runners included La Reina staff, faculty and alumnae, members of the Knights of Columbus, parishioners from across the county and over 30 Sisters of Notre Dame. The race also attracted families with children of all ages. The largest group of runners was between 50 and 60 years old.
The top overall female was Anika Busby, age 32. Logan Beteta, age 17, of Newbury Park High School was the first male to finish the race. The winners sped through finish line tape held by Sister Mary Amy Hauck and Sister Mary LaReina Kelly. Both sisters said they were grateful for success of the event and excited to participate again next year.