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Coloring contest winners named

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In keeping with its commitment to support the community, the Lake Tahoe Marathon recently developed the first-ever Lake Tahoe Marathon Coloring Contest.

The event’s board of directors recently judged the many entries and awarded $3,400 in cash prizes to winning students and area schools.

Checks will be presented during the Lake Tahoe Unified School District board meeting at 6 p.m. Jan. 10 at the district’s administrative offices, 1021 Al Tahoe Blvd.

“There’s nothing better than giving away money,” said Lake Tahoe Marathon Race Director Les Wright. “Especially when those dollars benefit our local schools.”

The big winner was Tahoe Valley Elementary School, which won $1,000 for having the most entries – 239. The money is earmarked for the school’s fine arts program.

Emma Villela of Mrs. Wilmett’s class at Tahoe Valley Elementary School won the kindergarten- first grade contest. She colored the provided Lake Tahoe Marathon logo and took home $100, while the class was awarded $500. In the second/third-grade category, Shelby O’Gorman, also of Tahoe Valley Elementary School, won $100 for her coloring of the logo. Her classroom is taught by Mrs. Schwarz, which won $500.

The fourth- and fifth-grade participants created their own Lake Tahoe Marathon pictures freehand, depicting the race as they saw it. Josh Johnson, of Sierra House Elementary School, won $100. Headed by Mr. Cortez, his classroom won $500.

The sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students created Lake Tahoe Marathon artwork freehand in any medium they wanted. Blake Shamas, of South Tahoe Middle School, won $100. Ms. Twitchell leads the class, which won $500.

Last October the Lake Tahoe Marathon attracted approximately 9,000 runners and spectators to Lake Tahoe during a traditionally slow time of year.

The weeklong schedule of events brought together the entire region, including businesses, civic organizations and volunteers while hosting runners and walkers from all over the world. The 2006 Lake Tahoe Marathon is scheduled for Sept. 30.

The Lake Tahoe Marathon was sponsored by the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority, Nevada Commission on Tourism, Tahoe Daily Tribune, Safeway, South Shore Action, Embassy Suites Hotel, South Shore Motors, Tahoe Douglas Visitors Authority, North Lake Tahoe Resort Association, Ultima Replinsher, Reebok, Riva Grill, Shoreline Cafe, South Tahoe Express and the South Lake Tahoe Optimist Club.

For more information, visit the Lake Tahoe Marathon Web site at

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