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July 20, 2004 > Tri-City Residents Win Top Prizes in Mutt Strut Event at Cal State Hayward

Tri-City Residents Win Top Prizes in Mutt Strut Event at Cal State Hayward

Fremont resident Bill Morris won a free roundtrip ticket to any Southwest Airlines destination as the grand prize of the recent annual "Mutt Strut" competition at Cal State Hayward. Morris quipped "This is only the second time I have ever won a free trip. The other was to the south pacific courtesy of the armed forces."

Another Tri-City resident, Michael King of Newark was the winner of the 5k run/walk with a time of 18 minutes and 39 seconds. He was also the winner in the "Mutt Strut, Without a Mutt" category.

Proceeds from the event, sponsored by Spectrum Community Services each year, go to support a number of programs including, senior nutrition such as "Meals on Wheels", senior employment, vocational skills training and education, and an energy conservation program.

The focal point of the day's activities was a five kilometer walk/run and included a grand prize drawing, a barbecue and music by "Big Dog and the Bite." A "Mutt Strut Beauty Contest," "Dunkin" for Dogs," and a "Frisbee Throw" were other attractions.

There were winners in various categories, but the real winners, according to Barbara Ann Franco, were the thousands of seniors in Alameda County who benefit from the services provided by Spectrum Community Services

"This event is a great display of community support for an agency that provides a wide range of services to help elderly residents and their families achieve and maintain self-sufficiency and improve the quality of their lives. Last year we provided services for 10,000 households "said Franco, Spectrum Inc.associate executive director. Further information on the programs can be obtained by contacting Ms. Bruno at 510/881-0300, extension 275.

Winners in the run/walk categories were:

Mutt Strut Without A Mutt -(men) Michael King, Newark; Stephen Boesch, Mountain View; Greg Gillis, Hayward (women) Tiffany Bartz, Berkeley;
Celeste Northcutt and Linda Northcutt, Hayward; (children) Celeste Northcutt, Hayward; Justine Chinn, Pleasanton.

Mutt Strut With A Mutt-Sean and Rocky McCauley, Brentwood; Andrew and Lily Waldron, Davis; Randy and Dasher Chinn, Pleasanton (women) Lisa and Cody Gilles, Hayward; Jennifer and Yukon Rhodes, San Jose; Amanda and Carter Lee, Fremont. (children) Amanda and Carter Lee, Fremont; Amanda and Ginger Santos, Castro Valley; Ally and Shily Van Pelt, Fremont.

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