VACAVILLE — The 11th annual Loop the Lagoon race attracted a crowd of runners Saturday at Lagoon Valley Regional Park.
The race helps the Vacaville Public Education Foundation raise money for the Vacaville School District.
“This is our biggest fundraiser of the year,” said Mike White, a board member of the Vacaville Public Education Foundation.
Last year the foundation raised about $28,000, a number that was predicted to rise this year because the turnout was larger than expected. Loop the Lagoon had 11 vendors the previous year, and this year 20 vendors came to the race.
“Last year there were roughly 1,135 racers. This year we easily had 1,200,” White said. “It’s a lot bigger than we had last year.”
The day started out with the Tower Challenge, which sends runners up the hill to the highest radio tower, back down again and then around the lagoon.
“Only about 70 runners did that, it’s for the extreme athletes,” he said.
This is White’s second year as a volunteer. He has three students in school and wanted to do his part to help the school district.
“This is an event that people have come to expect,” he said.
He estimated about 25 volunteers came out to help including the Vacaville Police Cadets who were helping park cars at the entrance.
Several races were scheduled throughout the day including a 5-kilometer, 10k, 10k Tower Challenge, 2-mile walk and children’s race.
“The kids’ race is pretty low key, but some of the kids choose to run the 5k race,” he said.
Prize purses in the form of donations in the winners’ names would go to selected Vacaville schools. Fleet Feet Sports and Brooks provided prize packs for the top finishers.
More information about the foundation can be found at www.vpef.org.
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