COSTA MESA — Local families from throughout the school district competed in the Newport-Mesa Spirit Run on March 27, despite the rain.
The event, now in its 28th year, gave every Newport-Mesa Unified school the chance to benefit for the first time and attracted 1,500 participants.
Event organizer Diane Daruty said it's too soon to pinpoint an amount raised, but the event did make a surplus.
"We're going to have a good amount of money to give away," she said.
The Spirit Run was traditionally organized by the five elementary schools that feed into Corona del Mar High School — Harbor View, Andersen, Eastbluff, Newport Coast and Lincoln — but their parent-teacher associations decided not to sponsor the event this year.