On Saturday, March 11, 2017, two non-profits, Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation and the Carlsbad Educational Foundation (CEF), are planning major fund-raising events that are intended to raise approximately $100,000 to benefit educational programs for school age children in North County and especially Carlsbad.
The first event, the Tip Top Run “Leprechaun dash & bash”, is sponsored by the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation and starts at 8:30 a.m. The event includes a 5k/10k walk and fun run, lunch from Tip Top Meats, the namesake of the run; T-shirt, swag bag, bib, family fun activities, live music and a beer garden. The event offers spectacular views of the Agua Hedionda Lagoon and Pacific Ocean and is open to runners and walkers of all ages. Corporate groups and companies are encouraged to form teams in friendly competition against each other. Prizes such as lunch for the whole team and hotel stays will be awarded The Tip Top Run “Leprechaun dash & bash” is a celebration of the eradication of Caulerpa taxifolia and raises awareness about the lagoon as one of the area’s amazing natural resources. Proceeds from the run will assist the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation’s educational programs which reach over 7,000 elementary school children throughout the year. Students learn about science and the ecological preservation of the region’s natural resources.
Entry fees for Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation members are $40 for a single entry; $55 for a dual entry and $15 for Kids Club members. Entry fees for prospective Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation members are $65 for a single entry; $90 for a dual entry and $25 for children.
In recognition of their service, military families may register to run or walk for free in commensurate with sponsorship availability. Any individual or company who would like to be a Hero sponsor benefiting military participants, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
To register for the Tip Top Run, go to www.aguahedionda.org or call 760-804-1969.
The second event, Pedal for a Purpose, benefits the Carlsbad Educational Foundation. The event will be held at the Omni La Costa Resort and Spa outside on the plaza from 10 a.m to 1:00 p.m. The community is invited to participate either as an individual riding a stationary bike, or by sponsoring a team. Teams from each of the schools in the Carlsbad Unified School District (CUSD) will be joined by community teams from the Carlsbad Police Department, Carlsbad Fire, the City of Carlsbad, Cal State University San Marcos and CUSD.
The Pedal for a Purpose event will feature Health & wellness vendors, bike safety checks and CEF program booths with hands-on science and music activities for kids. Riders will receive massages and VIP treatment, and great raffle prizes will be available.
This year, CEF has set a goal to raise $75,000 at Pedal for a Purpose. All funds raised will go directly to fund 25 programs in music, STEM education and innovation in the Carlsbad Unified schools.
To register a team or sponsor, go to www.CarlsbadEd.org or call 760-929-1555.
The Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation will award a special “Children’s Champion” medal to any individual or company who participates in both events on March 11. Proof of participation is required. The names of the multiple event participants will also be acknowledged on the non-profits’ Websites.