About Us

Press Coverage about Newport Mesa Spirit Run, Inc.

October, 2014

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 children in the district who are financially unable to pay; and (3) to provide an opportunity to receive a share of net proceeds to any school in the NMUSD demonstrating commitment to our mission.

In the last four years alone, NMSRI has donated over $200,000 to the benefit NMUSD students and schools, as well as provided over 500 NMUSD students with scholarships and bus transportation to attend the Event.  To prepare students for the Event, we have conducted fitness training at three Costa Mesa elementary schools and have assisted several other NMUSD elementary running programs.  In 2015, the Event’s 32nd  year, our goals are to increase registrations and the availability of scholarships and donations to NMUSD students and schools, and to expand student training at district schools.

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 2015 Event, by November 15, 2014, 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 32nd 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 is a list of the Newport-Mesa Unified District Schools participating in 2015:

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
Harbor View Elementary
Kaiser Elementary
Killybrooke Elementary
Mariners Elementary
Newport Coast Elementary
Newport Elementary
Newport Harbor High School
Newport Heights Elementary
Paulorino Elementary
Pomona Elementary
Sonora Elementary
Te Winkle Middle School
Whittier Elementary

The following is a list of Clubs and Teams participating in 2015:

Corona del Mar Boys Soccer
Corona del Mar Girls Softball
Corona del Mar National Honor Society
Corona del Mar Spirit Run Club
Costa Mesa Cross Country and Track
Newport Harbor Girls Lacrosse
Okazaki Student Exchange
Spirit Run Youth Running Programs