TPSF/TUSD NEWS – Dinosaur Dash is just around the corner!
- October 13, 2017
- Posted by: Cuselleration
- Category: News
Dinosaur Dash is just around the corner! Join us on Sunday, November 5 at the Tustin Market Place!
The Tustin Public Schools Foundation’s 27th annual Dinosaur Dash, presented by Balfour Beatty, will be held Sunday, Nov. 5, at the Tustin Market Place. The run, walk, and bike event benefits all schools in the Tustin Unified School District.
The Dinosaur Dash features the Smart & Final 2K, the Tustin Auto Center 5K, a timed 10K and three different Seven Gables Real Estate Bike Tours. The 50K bike tour is a metric half-century ride that tours Santiago Canyon from the City of Orange side to Foothill Ranch. Riders will skirt the old El Toro Marine Base and the Great Park before returning to the Tustin Market Place. This tour is recommended for riders age 13 and up. A shorter 15K bike tour will also be available, as will a family friendly 5K tour on closed roads.
The 10K and 5K runs will use chip timing for all runners, sponsored by the Blatchford Group, Surterre Properties. 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 and certificates to the Tustin Market Place and Dick’s Sporting Goods. Second- and third-place finishers will receive a medal. 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 11 a.m. The expo will offer activities, school fundraising booths, exhibitors and a food court featuring local restaurants Corner Bakery Café, Famous Dave’s, Islands, Lazy Dog Restaurant and Zov’s.
Last year, the community event attracted nearly 7,000 registered runners and walkers from Tustin and surrounding communities and raised more than $190,000. This year’s event, with the theme, “#DashFun,” is being planned by co-chairs Troy Fresch and Kristin Simpkins, who share a goal of raising $200,000.
“We couldn’t be more proud to be a part of such a longstanding, successful event,” said Fresch, who also is assistant principal of Pioneer Middle School. “Every year, it draws thousands of participants from all across Tustin and beyond to raise important funds for our schools.”
Simpkins agreed: “The energy is positive, the support from the community is strong, and the impact on our students is great.”
Unique to the Dino Dash is its tradition of donating a portion of each registration back to the school and classroom of the runner’s choice. For each registration, the Tustin Public Schools Foundation will give $6 directly to the Tustin Unified school that the runner specifies. The remaining proceeds of this event benefit Tustin Unified students through programs such as tutoring for middle- and high-school students through the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program, grants to help teachers implement innovative projects, robotics, after-school sports, library books, music education, and other initiatives of the Tustin Public Schools Foundation that support the Tustin Unified School District.
Further community involvement is evident in the event logo and event trophies that are awarded for the top finisher in each race and age division. Trophies are ceramic dinosaurs crafted by students in the ceramics classes at Foothill and Tustin high schools. The logo for this year’s event was designed by Foothill High School student Kat Garzon.
Early bird prices remain in effect until Friday, Oct. 20. Community members interested in supporting the event are encouraged to sponsor a student to run a race for $15.