Ruby K’s Yum Run Draws Some 200 Participants

Runners, joggers and walkers gather at the starting line for the Ruby K’s Yum Run. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Los Alamos Rotarians Skip and Linda King and Rebecca Ehler volunteer their services to help direct runners during Saturday’s race. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Laura Taylor, left, along with Shea and Michelle Mosley brought their young children to help support LA Cares during Ruby K’s 10th Annual Yum Run. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/


Los Alamos Daily Post

About 200 runners and joggers braved the chilly air early Saturday morning to participate in the 10th annual Ruby K’s Yum Run.

They congregated in the parking lot outside of Ruby K’s, stretching and preparing to hit the pavement in support of a worthy organization. The annual event supports the local food pantry, LA Cares. It is the food pantry’s one and only fundraiser, said June Gladney of LA Cares.

Participants chose between a 1K, 5K or 10K course that weaved around the downtown area. Ruby Alexander, owner of Ruby K’s, explained she has sponsored the event for 10 years. The late Aaron Goldman, who was affiliated with many community organizations including LA Cares, approached Alexander to see if she would sponsor the fundraiser.

“He was president (of LA Cares) and he initiated it and we carry it on in his memory,” Alexander said.

Through monetary donations and food contributions, the event helps feed between 85 and 95 families, Gladney said.

James Nesmith, past-president of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos, has volunteered at the event for four years.

“It’s grown every year,” he said. “Ruby has been an angel continuing to sponsor this.”

Runners, joggers and walkers of all ages came out to show their support of LA Cares. Julia Baker and her daughter, Kaylee, were among the participants.

“It’s Kaylee’s first time. I’ve done it before,” Baker said.

Elizabeth Watts and her son, Alexander, also came to the run. Watts said she and her son came “just to help support LA Cares and Ruby K’s and to get exercise.”

Alexander pointed out several reasons why she continues to sponsor this event. For one, she enjoys “the downtown vibe that it creates,” adding, “People have really come to expect this.”

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Julia Baker pins a number on her daughter Kaylee’s shirt. Baker said she has run in the event before but it was Kaylee’s first. She added although her daughter was excited to partake in the event, they had forgotten the event was held the day after Halloween and the young runner was feeling the after effects of lots of sugar. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Elizabeth Watts ties her son Alexander’s shoes before heading over to the starting line Saturday morning. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

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