2nd Annual Carmel Valley 5K & Fun Run Benefits Del Mar Schools Education Foundation

by JONATHAN BOYLE

After raising over $38,000 last year, the Carmel Valley 5K & Fun Run is back this December with hopes to bring in even more money for the music, art, science, technology and PE programs at the Del Mar Union School District’s eight elementary schools. This year, the event organizers are aiming to reach $50,000 in fundraising money, with help from sponsors including Jimbo’s and 92130 Magazine.

In addition to requiring the usual complement of race day volunteers, the organizers will need three to five “School Ambassadors” from neighboring high schools to help promote the event at their respective schools. Last year over 14 different schools were represented. “The run is not just for Del Mar schools. The race is for everyone in and around our community… near and far,” explained race organizer, Katie Wilsey.

The 5K course that is geared for all types of runners will begin at Carmel Del Mar Elementary School. The route begins by heading south on Carmel Creek Road to the bike trail, going east, parallel to Highway 56. Runners continue on both paved stretches and trails along a beautiful tree-lined path” interspersed with rolling hills. Participants will return to Carmel Creek Road and pass through the finish line at Carmel Del Mar Elementary School. Unlike last year, prizes will be awarded to the top-fundraising runners, and all runners will receive a free technical t-shirt as well as the option of being chip-timed.

Kids can join in on the action too. This year, organizers are unveiling a new and improved one-mile course that is stroller friendly. The Kid’s Fun Run will be a non-competitive course on Carmel Del Mar Elementary School’s campus. Only children may participate in the Kids’ Fun Run, but parents can cheer them on from the sidelines.

This year’s Carmel Valley 5k and Fun Run will certainly be a great way to get involved in a healthy, local activity while having the opportunity to lend a hand with funding for local elementary school programs. It’s a win-win situation. Sign up today at www.carmelvalley5k.com – you have plenty of time to gear up for it.

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Name of Event: Carmel Valley 5k and Fun Run
Year of Establishment: 2012
Mission: “To highlight the amazing community we live in while raising money for a GREAT cause and being physically active!”
Fundraising Goal: 50,000
Date: Dec. 8, 2013
Location: Carmel Del Mar Elementary School
Schedule: 8 a.m. 5K starts
9:30 a.m. Kids’ Fun Run starts
8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. After Party and Expo
Website: www.carmelvalley5k.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/carmelvalley5kkidsfunrun
E-mail: carmelvalley5k@gmail.com

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