Habitat for Humanity Hemet San Jacinto Marathon helps fulfill dreams of needy families

Lakshman Koka, president of the Habitat for Humanity Hemet San Jacinto, left, stands with Lori Van Arsdale, Ramona Bowl Board; Hemet City Manager Alex Meyerhoff; San Jacinto Mayor Linda Krupa and Heather Perry from Sen. Mike Morrell’s Office before giving the go ahead for the 15th annual Diamond Valley Lake Marathon called the “Run in the Valley of the Mastadons.” Many other local officials joined the runners in the special fund raising event. Tony Ault photo.

The weather could not have been better, not too hot, not too cold for the marathon, 5K and 1K runners and walkers participating in this year’s Habitat for Humanity Hemet San Jacinto fundraising Marathon at Diamond Valley Lake in Hemet March 4.

The special event brought approximately 500 participants to the fun race that Habitat for Humanity officials hoped will bring $60,000 for the housing projects in the valley.

Patsy Svete (left), administrative coordinator for the 15th annual Diamond Valley Lake Marathon for Habitat for Humanity Hemet San Jacinto and volunteer Kelvin Vaughn, show off some of the medals that will be given out to the winners in the five race categories. Tony Ault photo.
Patsy Svete (left), administrative coordinator for the 15th annual Diamond Valley Lake Marathon for Habitat for Humanity Hemet San Jacinto and volunteer Kelvin Vaughn, show off some of the medals that will be given out to the winners in the five race categories. Tony Ault photo.

Habitat for Humanity is a sweat equity program designed the help low income families own their own home. The volunteer driven nonprofit program is an international organization building simple, decent, affordable housing for people living in substandard conditions. Each family must put in 500 hours of labor “sweat equity” and make low non-interest mortgage payments. The homes are sold at no interest/no profit.

To help Habitat for Humanity Hemet San Jacinto call (951) 658-0235 or write Habitat for Humanity, P.O.Box 1574, San Jacinto, CA. 92581-1574.

 

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