5K Run, Community Walk & Leprechaun Dash
Running Icon Award
Olympic Track & Field gold medalist Steve Lewis has been selected as the first ever recipient for the Running Icon Award at our race this year! We are proud to honor Lewis, who resides in Redondo Beach.
“His selection is based on his multiple iconic performances as a track and field athlete, which has solidified him as one of the greatest runners ever in the sport,” stated race organizer Mike Ward.
As a 19-year-old UCLA freshman, Lewis won his first Olympic gold medal in the 400m dash in the 1988 Seoul Olympics, setting the world junior record with a time of 43.87 and followed it up with another gold medal in the 4x400m relay, where his team matched the previously set world record of 2:56.16.
4 years later, Lewis returned to the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and won a silver medal in the 400m dash and a gold medal in the 4x400m relay, when his team broke the world record.
He currently still holds the World Junior Record in the 400m dash and is the youngest 400m dash champion in Olympic history!
“I am extremely honored and excited on being the first recipient of the running Icon Award at the 14th Saint Patrick's Day 5K,” Lewis said. “I believe that all runners at every level share a common goal of striving to achieve personal excellence. I am thrilled to be a part of this amazing event.”
Lewis, who competed with the Santa Monica Track Club, continues to be a strong fitness advocate. He currently works with Ooofball, a medicine ball with bounce created to help individuals develop body power, coordination, muscular endurance and flexibility. Ooofball will have a booth with product demonstrations at the 5K in support of the race.
Season 14 Top Chef Contestant Brooke Williamson to Host 14th Annual St. Patrick’s 5K
Brooke Williamson is no to stranger to competition as a runner-up on season 10 of Top Chef and current contestant in season 14, but on March 12, 2017 she will step into the role of honorary host at our 5K and will also be competing in it.
Williamson and her husband Nick Roberts are the executive chefs and co-owners of South Bay restaurants like Hudson House, the Tripel, Playa Provisions and Da Kikokiko.
“Nick and I have been part of the South Bay community since opening Hudson House nearly a decade ago,” Williamson said. “Being recognized by the community we love and an organization that promotes healthy, active lifestyles is truly an honor for us.”
Olympic Gold Medalist Danny Everett to Present Running Icon Award
Olympic track and field gold medalist Danny Everett will present Village Runner’s Running Icon Award to his former UCLA Bruin, Santa Monica Track Club and Olympic teammate Steve Lewis at our race this year.
"I am honored to present this Running Icon award to Steve Lewis, my friend and teammate,“ stated Everett.
The 1988 Seoul Olympics was Everett’s first Olympic appearance, where he ran alongside Steve Lewis to secure the gold medal in the 4x400m relay for the U.S. That same year, Everett won the bronze in the Olympic 400m race.
Everett returned to the Olympic stage at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, where he ran the fastest Olympic qualifying time for the U.S. and the second fastest time in history at 43.81 seconds. During his career, he also set world records in the 300m (outdoors), 400m (indoors), and 4x200m (outdoors) races, as well as the 4x400m relay (outdoors) at the World Championships.
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