San Clemente foundation sponsors first annual fitness event and competition

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By Jim Shilander

Some of San Clemente’s fittest residents got to strut their stuff Saturday at Thalassa Stadium, but the first annual High 5ive 4Fitness event, sponsored by the Noble Path Foundation, is about more than just competition.

Cindi Juncal, the founder of the Noble Path Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to educating people, but especially children, to eat in a more healthy way, as well as encouraging fitness said the event came together as a way to spotlight efforts being made in the city.

“It grew organically,” Juncal said. “We could have just done a run but we were able to use the opportunity to get all of San Clemente’s health and fitness community together for a common cause.”

Saturday, the foundation hosted its first annual exhibition for the local heath community, including gyms and workout centers, juice bars, the San Clemente Community Market and other organizations.

The event included live music and dance performances, as well as a 5-mile fun-run-walk.

The event also featured the “Battle of the Gyms” with four area gyms and boot camps, as well as staff from the foundation, competing in various tests of athleticism.

The winners of the competition were 24 Hour Fitness with Orange Theory taking second place, The Noble Path Foundation finishing third, So Cal Boot Camp fourth and Anytime Fitness in fifth.

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