About Us

Press Coverage about Newport Mesa Spirit Run, Inc.

October, 2015

The Newport-Mesa Spirit Run (“the Event”) is presented by a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public benefit corporation called Newport-Mesa Spirit Run, Inc. (“NMSRI”).  We are the Board of Directors of NMSRI, volunteers from the Newport-Mesa community who are dedicated to promoting childhood fitness.  Several of us are parents of students in schools across the Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD).

Our mission is (1) to present a community event promoting childhood fitness; (2) to provide scholarship (i.e., free entries and bus transportation) to district students who are financially unable to pay; and (3) to provide an opportunity to receive a share of net proceeds to benefit education and athletics in the NMUSD to schools, teams, and clubs demonstrating commitment to our mission.

NMSRI has donated over $250,000 to benefit education and athletics in the NMUSD, as well as provided over 700 NMUSD students with scholarships and bus transportation to attend the Event.  To prepare students for the Event, NMSRI has conducted fitness training at Costa Mesa elementary schools and has assisted several other NMUSD elementary and middle school running programs and teams.  In 2016, the Event’s 33rd  year, we are aiming to increase registrations and the availability of scholarships and donations to benefit education and athletics in the NMUSD.

If you have a child in the NMUSD, your child’s school has the opportunity to be part of the Event.  At the beginning of each school year, we invite NMUSD principals to participate in, and benefit from, the Event.  For the 2016 Event, by November 15, 2015, NMUSD principals are required to email us their intent to participate, and later, to commit to the Event’s promotion plan.  By so doing, the schools became NMSRI Promotional Partners and will: (1) earn 50% of the registration fees collected from their first 50 Event registrants; (2) become NMSRI Profit Sharing Partners by bringing a minimum number of Event registrants; (3) receive 100% of donations directed to their school; and (4) become eligible for additional incentive programs and awards, such as directed donations from family sponsors and a payment made to the schools with the largest participation and most improved participation (each by percentage of student body).  For more information about how your school can participate in and benefit from the Event, email us at info@nmspiritrun.org.

If you would like to become involved in NMSRI, please contact us. We are seeking help in promoting registration, with volunteers on the day of the Event, and through corporate, individual, or family sponsorships. Your support will help to support youth fitness and education throughout the NMUSD. To learn more about NMSRI or about how you can become involved, please email   info@nmspiritrun.org.

Please join us in making the 33rd Annual Newport-Mesa Spirit Run an enjoyable and successful Event.

Newport-Mesa Spirit Run, Inc. Board of Directors

Diane Daruty                Dave Kobrine
Scott Daruty                 Patti Kohler
Raylene Groves            Kelly Monahan
John Kerr

The following are lists of the Newport-Mesa Unified District Schools and clubs and teams participating in the 2016 event.

College Park Elementary
Corona del Mar High School
Corona del Mar Middle School
Costa Mesa High School
Costa Mesa Middle School
Davis Magnet School
Eastbluff Elementary
Ensign Intermediate School
Estancia High School
Harbor View Elementary
Kaiser Elementary
Mariners Elementary
Newport Coast Elementary
Newport Harbor High School
Newport Heights Elementary
Paulorino Elementary
Pomona Elementary
Te Winkle Middle School

The following is a list of Clubs and Teams participating in 2016:

Corona del Mar Girls Softball
Corona del Mar National Honor Society
Corona del Mar POWER Club
Corona del Mar Spirit Run Club
Corona del Mar Vocal Music
Newport Harbor Culinary Arts Academy
Newport Harbor Girls Basketball
Newport Harbor Girls Lacrosse
Okazaki Student Exchange
 Spirit Run Youth Running Programs