On Saturday, July 14, the Santa Margarita Catholic High School community celebrated the 10th Annual Sarah DeMille 5K Memorial Run. The run is held in memory of Santa Margarita alumna Sarah DeMille ‘05 who passed away during college in 2006 in an automobile accident.
During her time at SMCHS, Sarah was a dedicated four-year cross-country runner. Coaches describe her as having had a special spirit, one that was contagious and showed her dedication and beliefs in hard work and commitment in everything she did.
Following Sarah’s accident, a scholarship fund was established in her memory. The Sarah DeMille Memorial Run was created to fund the scholarship, which is awarded each year to a Lady Eagle runner who possesses the same qualities that Sarah did. In the event’s 10th year, the run continues to provide vital funding for the scholarship while also providing a wonderful opportunity for the school and local community to gather together for fun, fitness and fellowship.
“I know Sarah looked down on us this year and was thankful her life, as short as it was, has impacted so many others, which would not have been possible without this event,” shared Mary Jane DeMille, Sarah’s mother.
This year, the trail was filled with alumni, students, families and runners of all ages from across the country. More than 220 runners competed and over 300 guests enjoyed the festivities that included vendors and a pancake breakfast. Congratulations to this year’s winners, Ian Howard who ran an impressive 17:15.90 for the men and Sophie Getz was the winner for the women at 20:13.61.