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Marathon running Cortes headed for 10K race to help out

Coastsider running for Project Open Hand

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Posted: Thursday, April 26, 2012 9:53 am

The love of running started for Anthony Cortes of Half Moon Bay when he was a young child. He amused himself by running forward while looking back over his shoulder.

While doing that he never physically fell, for which his mom, Joanne McGowan, says she is grateful. But he did fall in love with the sport, enough to make his mark as a runner for Half Moon Bay High School — and enough to prompt him to look ahead. Now he plans to merge his love of running with helping others.

Cortes, 18, is now working toward his goal of raising $500, which would guarantee him a spot in the 2012 Giant Race, sponsored by the San Francisco Giants.

Scheduled in September, the race will benefit Project Open Hand, which provides nutrition to men, women and children affected by breast cancer or HIV/AIDS, and seniors, the homebound and critically ill people.

“I want to help them out,” Cortes said simply. “They give to people who have the need for food and shelter.”

Cortes got familiar with going the distance when he played T-ball as a child, but he soon graduated to running. “He always loved running,” said his mother. “He was a natural for that.”

In summer 2010 his sister’s boyfriend asked Cortes to join him in running, and Cortes said yes. In time he joined the high school cross-country team, with which he ran in 2010 and 2011. He is now on the high school track team.

His goal, he said, is to “get involved in running and to stay healthy.”

To raise funds for the upcoming 10K race he handed out fliers to teammates and emailed them to friends and family. “He’s pretty good at being his own advocate,” said his mother.

Besides running, Cortes loves the San Francisco Giants. This event allows him to put both those loves together.

Family members are helping Cortes out in reaching his goal, but he welcomes assistance from the public too. To make a donation visit Cortes’ fundraiser page at http://www.race-sfgiants.com/The GiantRace2012/AnthonyCortes.

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