5K/1-mile virtual run benefits Gunston's annual fund

Gunston’s Head of School John Lewis is pictured here with his family, from left, Millie, Laurie and Bea.

CENTREVILLE — The Gunston School’s Heron Hustle, a 5K/1-mile virtual run that was held Nov. 21-22, raised more than $7,000 for the Heron Annual Fund.

The first-time event drew more than 140 participants, according to a news release.

Prizes were awarded to the top three place-finishers in the 5K and the overall winners in the mile run. They are listed here.

Male 5K: Woody Granger (17:50), Bobby Stephenson (19:26) and Aidan Trautman, Class of 2023 (21:09).

Female 5K: Katherine Rene, parent (24:25), Georgia Gillespie, Class of 2022 (25.22), and Zoe Buzzelli, Class of 2024 (25:45).

Male mile: Aaron Sanderson, Class of 2023 (6:15).

Female mile: Jennifer Runz, parent (8:57).

Victoria Windmiller received a shout-out for completing a 15-mile run.

Special recognition was given to the fastest Gunston students: freshmen Zoe Buzzelli and Colin Hallmark (23:59); sophomores McKinsey Brown (29:28) and Aiden Trautman; junior Georgia Gillespie; and senior Charlie Shifrin (25:40).

At the time of the news release, the fastest male junior and fastest female senior were not known.

The overall winners received personalized Gunston merchandise and medals.

The prizes for top-performing Gunston students included breakfast/snack cards and, for eligible drivers, an opportunity to use Head of School John Lewis’ parking spot for the rest of the year.

All participants received a limited edition Heron Hustle T-shirt designed and individually hand-pressed at Skybridge Studios by Gunston graduate Alison Hansford (Class of 1996), who donated her time and services.

A huge thanks to everyone who participated in the Heron Hustle. The event raised thousands of dollars for the school, and it helped to connect us virtually across the region and multiple states,” Lewis said in the news release.

Lewis also expressed gratitude to parents, past parents, alumni who continue to support Gunston and sponsors that included Oath Pizza; the Kellogg family; Wise and Blitzer, Attorneys at Law; and Mara Schmittinger.

According to the news release, the Heron Annual Fund bridges the $4,000 gap between tuition and “what it actually costs to give each student the highly personalized experience Gunston is known for.”

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