Get Ready to Run, Walk or Bike at the 29th Annual Dinosaur Dash on Sunday, November 3
- October 24, 2019
- Posted by: Cuselleration
- Category: News
The Tustin Public School Foundation’s 29th annual Dinosaur Dash presented by Balfour Beatty will be held Sunday, Nov. 3, at The Market Place in Tustin. The run, walk and bike event benefits students and schools in the Tustin Unified School District.
The Dinosaur Dash features the Smart & Final 2K Fun Run, Tustin Auto Center 5K, a timed 10K and, for the second year in a row, a half marathon that takes participants past the blimp and helicopter hangars in the Tustin Legacy development. There will also be three different bike tours. The 50K bike tour is a metric half-century ride that tours Santiago Canyon from the city of Orange to Foothill Ranch. Riders will skirt the old El Toro Marine Base and the Great Park before returning to the Tustin Market Place. The tour is recommended for riders age 13 and up. A shorter 15K bike tour will be available, as well as a family friendly 5K tour on closed roads.
The half marathon, 10K and 5K runs will use chip timing for all runners. Finishers in those events and the 50K and 15K Bike Tours will each receive a Dino Dash Finisher Medal. The top finisher in each age division will receive the official Dino Dash trophy. The 2K Fun Run is not timed, but all finishers will receive a commemorative wristband.
A free family expo will be held from 7 to 10:30 a.m. The expo will offer activities, school fundraising booths, exhibitors and a food court featuring local restaurants California Fish Grill, Famous Dave’s, Islands, Lazy Dog Restaurant, Miguel’s Jr., Texas de Brazil and Zov’s.
Last year, the community event attracted more than 7,000 registered runners, walkers and cyclists from Tustin and surrounding communities and raised more than $200,000. This year’s event is being planned by co-chairs Kate Kersten and Kristin Simpkins, who share a goal of raising $225,000.
“It is great to see the community come together in support of our schools. We have parents and committee members who ran with their schools as a child and now are able to give something back,” Kate Kersten said. Simpkins agreed: “The energy is positive, the support from the community is strong and the impact on our students is great.”
As a part of the Dino Dash activities, a Tustin Auto Center representative will present a check to TPSF President Sujata Mody Kamdar. During the month of October, each of the 16 dealerships in the Tustin Auto Center is donating $50 to TUSD schools for every new car purchased. Last year, more than $58,000 was generated during the campaign.
Proceeds from the Dinosaur Dash benefit Tustin Unified students through programs such as Summer Academy and Save Our Sports after-school sports program available at the District’s middle schools. All schools benefit from TPSF grants submitted by teachers and staff for innovative projects, robotics, library books and other initiatives that support TUSD.
Further community involvement is evident in the Dino Dash logo and event trophies that are awarded to the top finisher in each race and age division. Trophies are ceramic dinosaurs crafted by students in Foothill and Tustin high schools’ ceramics classes. The logo for this year’s event was designed by Foothill student Kunye Zhao.
Community members interested in supporting this event are encouraged to join the Runners Circle with a $300 gift to sponsor 20 student runners or fund an individual runner for $15.
To register or for more information, visit www.DinosaurDash.net or call (714) 832-3060.