Del Oro students running for school funds with senior project

MandaRun proceeds to benefit seven school in Loomis Union district
By: Joyia Emard, Loomis News Staff Writer
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Two Del Oro High School students are racing to the finish line as they complete their senior project – the 2010 MandaRun, a 5k, 10k and kids ¼ mile fun run. While some find the projects a daunting task, seniors Tyler Bittaker, of Loomis, and Vince Legaspi, of Newcastle, are finding theirs a walk in the park. The 17-year-olds are organizing, fundraising and promoting the race, which begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 17, at Franklin Elementary School. The event is sponsored by the Loomis Basin Education Foundation and benefits the seven elementary schools in the Loomis Union School District. “The senior project is a graduation requirement that is one of the most stressful parts of your senior year. It has to benefit someone other than yourself, has a minimum number of hours, and has other requirements that need to be met,” Tyler said. Tyler said he chose the MandaRun as his senior project because “everyone knows how much trouble the state is in financially, so our schools need funds.” Vince said he liked the idea of working with his friend Tyler and “it helps our local schools.” Last year, the Education Foundation raised money through the MandaRun, Holiday Home Tour, annual giving campaign, an E-waste drive and a $23 for P.E. campaign, Tyler said. “The foundation was able to hand the Loomis Union School District a check for $52,406 to help bridge the gap in the school year budget to fully fund the physical education program,” Tyler said. The seniors said they hope to increase the number of participants this year and also increase sponsorships for the run. “We’re hoping to raise even more money this year,” Vince said. Carolyn Petree, of Loomis, is the Education Foundation treasurer and is acting as the senior project mentor for the boys. “They’re doing a great job and this event means a lot to the community and our schools,” Petree said. According to Petree, race participants may register at 8 a.m. on race day. A free bounce house for kids and a live DJ, along with sponsor booths, will create a festive atmosphere on race day. Petree said the course has been certified and runners have the option of being chip-timed. With this timing technology, runners have a computer chip attached to their running shoe. The chip is activated as the runner passes over a special mat and registers the runner’s start and finish times. Petree said all entrants will receive a water bottle and goodie bag. The kids ¼ mile fun run is free and requires no registration; participants will receive a completion ribbon. The race fee for adults is $25for youth ages 11 to 17 it is $15, and children ages 5 to 10 the fee is $10. ----------------- MANDARUN 2010 What: 5k, 10k and kids ¼ mile fun run When: Saturday, Oct. 16. 8 a.m.: Check-in and registration, DJ and bounce house for kids 9 a.m.: 5k and 10k runs 10 a.m.: ¼ mile Kids run 10:30 a.m.: Awards Where: Franklin Elementary School, 7050 Franklin School Road, Loomis Cost: Adults 18 and over, $25; youth 11 to 17, $15; child 5 to 10, $10; kids ¼ mile fun run, free and no registration Walk-in registration available on race day Sponsor: Loomis Basin Education Foundation Information: