The third annual Tech Trek went down on Saturday morning and well over 300 people participated in the 5-K and kids 1-K run to help benefit technology upgrades for Baymonte Christian School in Scotts Valley.
This year’s overall winner was Ryan Gilliam, 46, and he ran it in 17:31. Not far behind Gilliam was Miles Heapes, 20, in second place with a time of 17:56 and in third was Gerry Hatcher, 47, who ran it 18:22.
Annie Drevno, 26, came in first place for the ladies with a time of 18:45. In second was Bonnie Niesen, 28, with a 19:01 mark and following her was Patrice Fernald, 41, with a time of 20:28.
Race coordinator Mark Giblin was ecstatic about the event and was surprised to see so many people show up to the school on Saturday.
“It’s great,” he said. “I think it’s like 50 to 60 more runners then we had last year. The enthusiasm and the sponsors have been great.”
Giblin is the mastermind behind the Tech Trek and became the race coordinator since throwing out the pitch for the idea. Before the race was put together, the students of Baymonte had to sell magazine subscriptions in order to raise funds for technology upgrades.
“The sales and the money we were getting was dwindling and dwindling until I proposed them to this a while ago. With the magazine drive they only got to keep 50 percent of the profit. So if you’re donating $20 to get a magazine they get $10, but if you’re making a straight donation they get the whole thing. Plus [Tech Trek] is a healthy venue and it’s getting kids active.”
Riley and Spencer Sullivan go to Baymonte and their mom Lori was all for the Tech Trek on Saturday afternoon to help keep computers and iPads in the classrooms.
“I think it’s awesome,” she said. “It helps them learn and it helps them reinforce all the stuff they’re already learning. The world we live in, especially in this area, you have to know computers. A lot of kids learn this and that at home, but it gives them that extra level.”
There was also a raffle drawing with great prizes, such as gift certificates, tickets to an Oakland Raiders game, a trip to Disneyland, and a Nintendo Wii that sixth-grader Jacob Maestas won on Saturday morning.
“It feels amazing,” he said with a big smile on face about winning, and was asked if he was going to play with it at home right away. “We’ll have to set it up first, but yeah definitely.”
Maestas also likes having the technology on campus and explained why he did his part by participating in the 5-K run.
“I did it last year and it was really fun,” Maestas said. “I was raising money for it so I figured I’ll just run the 5-K. And it means a lot because I go to this school and I love this school."