TKA’s Fifth Annual Lion Run A Big Success

The King’s Academy recently held the fifth annual TKA Lion Run 5K and Kids’ Run. It was a huge success with 264 die-hard runners participating, ranging in age from 4 through 76.

The Kids’ Run included a 1-lap route around the track where the kids raced against the TKA lion mascot.

The 5K race took place on TKA’s 60-acre campus and included a multi-surface, off-road course.

Awards were presented to first-place overall male and female winners, John Reback (17:36.5) and Gina Donato (21:39.3).

Claudia Garrell of Wellington (23:27.6) and Fred Dolan of South Dakota (19:00.3) were the first-place winners in the Master’s Division.

TKA students also performed well in the race. Fifth-grader Mackenzie Weisz (22:26.3), seventh-grader John Priesch (19:57.7) and junior Payton Campbell (23:15.4) each took first place in their respective divisions. The Kids’ Fun Run was won by TKA fourth-grader Mia Rodriguez.

TKA thanks Braman Honda, Whole Foods Market and all the event’s sponsors.

All proceeds from this event benefit the King’s Academy’s Annual Fund and its mission to graduate Christian leaders.

The King’s Academy is a nationally recognized private Christian school serving approximately 1,200 students from preschool through 12th grade.

More information about the school is available online at

ABOVE: Gina Donato (right) with other top female winners.