We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day at the Lagoon. Around 350 runners/walkers and 100 volunteers came out in support of the Foundation’s NINTH race, walk, strut and stroll! Thank you all! 5Kers wound their way over the urban route around the Lagoon, while 10Kers took a more circuitous route through open spaces and wild places, both finishing at the Discovery Center and the excitement of World Water Day festivities.
Of course, there would be no fun events without YOU, our members, whose ongoing support “makes it all happen!” You, and the support of our Champions for Stewardship Sponsors: SDG&E, Poseidon Water, NRG Energy, Grand Pacific Resorts, Gemological Institute of America, Republic Services, Brubaker & Associates, and Leucadia Wastewater District.
Our race namesake Tip Top Meats came through, once again, with some tasty treats, and Culver Beer kept the happy flowing! We teamed up Bitchin Sauce with Ara’s pita bread to give us Vegan meal options; and drinking water to keep us all hydrated was donated by Poseidon Water, Rayne Water, and EcoWater.
Every racer received a useful swag bag provided by Lynnell Talone-Honda of The Silva Group, each bag stuffed with goodies provided by Tri-Cities Medical Group, Thermofisher Scientific, Santianna Oakmont Senior Living, Catalytic Risk Managers, AT&T, Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation, and Aflac.
Those who took their racing seriously, running for all they were worth, were rewarded by 1st Place Prizes donated by our amazing local businesses: Anderson’s LaCosta Nursery, Clever Made, Columbia Sportsware, Gelsons, Mizu, Moosa’s Native Plants, Prontos Gourmet Deli, Richard Walker’s Pancake House, Rubios, and The Rush Coffee. A special prize was donated by Roadrunner Sports - a raffle ticket was given for it to each person who showed up for Packet Pick-Up.
This year we also held an Opportunity Drawing, with fabulous prizes donated by Grand Pacific Resorts, California Watersports, Lemongrass Salon & Spa, and Pegasus Estate Winery Wine. With only 30 tickets available for purchase, the odds were fantastic! Our very own Madison Coleman was the winner of this great package!
Exhibitors kept the day interesting with lots of hands-on science projects and puzzles. Many thanks to the Meigs Family Foundation for their magic and mayhem, Thermofisher Scientific for a microscopic look at what wades in our water, and the Agua Hedionda teaching staff for sharing their special STEAM studies! As well, our raptor specialist and her Peregrine Falcon friend Celerity entertained a large crowd of fascinated folks. Encina Wastewater showed us the process water goes through once it leaves our bathrooms and ends up in the sea, while Body & Soul Nourishment showed us how fun and easy garden towers are. So much cool stuff!