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Hoppy Endings and Leaps of Laughter at the 48th Annual Capitol Frog Jump
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By Anthony Haddad
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May 10, 2024

The 48th Annual Capitol Frog Jump brought together a lively mix of participants for a day of spirited frog leaping and community camaraderie. (Sen. Marie Alvarado-Gil)

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The 48th annual Capitol Frog Jump, hosted by Sen. Marie Alvarado-Gil, D-Jackson, brought together participants from the Senate, Assembly, and the public for a day of lively competition and community spirit.

The event is held as the unofficial kick-off to the Calaveras County Fair — home of the famed Frog Jump Jubilee — and saw a strong turnout this year, with nearly 70 frog jumpers taking part in the challenge.

The team of Assemblymember Luz Rivas, D-Arleta, secured victory in the farthest frog jump category with their frog, “Dua Leapa,” making an impressive leap of 12 feet and 9 inches.

In the shortest frog jump category, the Assembly Office of the Chief Clerk claimed the title with its frog, “Sir Mix a Lot,” hopping a total of 2 feet.

Media outlets also participated in the fun, with CBS 13 and CalMatters sending representatives. CalMatters reporter Alexei Koseff clinched the media category with his frog, “Baby,” jumping an impressive 8 feet and 7 inches.

Sen. Alvarado-Gil said, “I am thrilled to see such enthusiastic participation from our community and colleagues in the Senate and Assembly. The Capitol Frog Jump has become a cherished tradition that brings us together in the spirit of fun and camaraderie.”

The excitement continued as Sen. Maria Durazo, D-Los Angeles, initially a spectator, was persuaded by Alvarado-Gil to join the competition. Said Durazo, “Only for you Marie, I wouldn’t do this in a million years!”

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Anthony W. Haddad, who graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with his undergraduate degree and has an MBA at Fresno State, is the Swiss Army knife of GV Wire. He writes stories, manages social media, and represents the organization on the ground.

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