photos by Tammy Walsh

Proud to Be an American

RBHS Hosts 12-Hour Relay

In honor of returning veterans, over 500 runners, supporters, and volunteers crowded the track at Rancho Bernardo High School (RBHS) for the annual Team Red, White, and Blue 12-Hour Team Relay. Groups of both RBHS and Westview High School students joined special guests Stephanie Ouellette, Sgt. Randy Moffet of USMC (retired), and Hospital Corpsman Nolan of USN. RBHS student Samantha Geier sang the national anthem, and the RBHS Royal Regiment Drum Line led the way in placing fifty American flags around the track’s perimeter.

Teams rounded the track for twelve hours in shifts, to the tunes of DJ’s from SOS Entertainment. County Supervisor Dave Roberts, a staunch supporter of the event, joined the crowd on the final lap and closing ceremonies. Complete with a patriotic rendition of Lee Greenwood’s “Proud to Be an American”, participants retrieved the fifty flags that had been posted along the track.
After all their hard work, individual and team prizes were awarded. The RBHS Men’s Cross Country Team and the Crossfit PM team completed the most laps and were awarded with gift certificates. Michael Shepherd, of the RBHS wrestling team, and Michael Sun, representing Crossfit, each had their names drawn to win prizes.