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Heritage Oaks Family Fun Run set for Sept. 25

Modified: Friday, Sep 16th, 2016

Photos courtesy of Heritage Oaks Bank Children participate in the half-mile race during last year’s Heritage Oaks Family Fun Run.

PASO ROBLES — Hundreds of North County residents will hit the pavement running in downtown Paso Robles for the 18th Annual Heritage Oaks Bank Family Fun Run in support of three nonprofit beneficiaries, taking place Sunday Sept. 25. Open registration the day of the event will begin at 7 a.m. and pre-registration is available online and in person on Sept. 24 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the downtown city park for all six races.

This year’s beneficiaries include Big Brothers Big Sisters of SLO County, the Food Bank Coalition of SLO County and the Paso Robles Library Foundation. The day begins with a free pancake breakfast at 7 a.m. and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. activities for kids will be offered for free to the participants and family members out to show support. Epic Entertainment provides a DJ to get the music cranking and play music to run or walk to.

Heritage Oaks Bank Vice President and Marketing Communications Manager Kristi Messina said that the event is open to the community at large and supports three local nonprofits each year. Since the event’s inception Heritage Oaks has gifted more than $292,000 to local beneficiaries.

“Every year we have three beneficiaries — one is a staple, the Paso Robles Library Foundation, as we are partnered with the City of Paso Robles to host this event each year,” Messina said. “We let our employees vote and choose the other two. Beneficiaries change every year so we can spread the money around to all the worthy organizations in our area that support low-income households in particular. The way the event is set up; is through bank funding, sponsorship of the event and through community partnerships that fund the logistics and allows all the funds raised from registrations fees to go to one of three nonprofit beneficiaries chosen. Our participants get to chose who to give that registration fee to at the event as they register. This year we will easily surpass the $300,000 mark and raised $20,000 at the event last year.”

Messina said that the Family Fun Run boasts six races total with something for every age and ability level. The first race is the 10K Run open to all ages. Participants must run the full race from the start at 8 a.m. for a chance to win a prize as a top three male or female finisher. First place will receive $300, second $200, and third $100. The second race is the 5K Run and Walk at 9:15 a.m., followed by the third Mile Run at 10:15 a.m. The Half Mile Kids Run begins at 10:35 a.m., then the 75-Yard Kids Dash at 10:50 a.m. and ending on a cute note with the Not So Dirty Diaper Dash at 11 a.m.

“We have a two-loop course for 10K race sponsored by the Mullahey Car Dealership with cash prizes for the winners,” Messina said. “Then the 5K run and walk sponsored by IQMS is the same course as the 10K, but one loop and is open to all ages and abilities. The Mile Run is sponsored by Twin Cities Community Hospital and participants are encouraged to dress up in consumes to win prizes for the best individual and group costumes. Then the half-mile kid’s race for ages five to 12 years old and 75 Yards Kids Dash is so cute and they give it their all. We let parents participate with their kids for free and it is really my favorite race to watch. Then the diaper dash is wonderful. The official name is the Not So Dirty Diaper Dash. As part of the event sponsored by Idler Home Furnishings we host a drawing to win a new washing machine and dryer. All the participants in the diaper dash are able to put their names in to win the washer and dryer that Idlers donates. It is such a cute part of the event and is one of the favorites for participants.”

While participants run and walk in one or more of the six races, Kids Day in the Park will be in full swing for free from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with giant inflatables, the Atascadero Elks Lodge kids’ train, Freckles the Clown Face Painting, glitter tattoos by Zany Side-Kick, “Capture The Moment” photo and craft booth and arts and crafts with the Paso Robles Youth Arts Foundation. There will also be prize drawings for adults and kids and all race participants will be gifted a race T-shirt sponsored by Yesterdays Sportswear and a commemorative race medal.

To learn more about the Heritage Oaks Bank Family Fun Run, register online or become a sponsor, visit hobfunrun.com.

For the complete article see the 09-16-2016 issue.

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