SBAA PAYS IT FORWARD

Santa Barbara Athletic Association Donates $4,000 to local High School Running Programs and Elings Park

Today’s Dos Pueblos Cross Country Invitational featured stiff competition and sunny weather conditions.  The Santa Barbara Athletic Association made today an even brighter day for several local High School XC coaches by surprising them with donation checks.  SBAA President John Lofthus presented the donation checks to Dos Pueblos and San Marcos High School Cross Country Head Coaches while their teams cheered on (the Santa Barbara High School Cross Country team was out of town for a different Invitational but will also be receiving a donation).

The donations were the result of the SBAA’s annual Semana Nautica footrace, held on the 4th of July each year.  This year’s event featured a new venue and very different course conditions.  The historic race, known for it’s pancake flat asphalt course, headed to the trails with a challenging new course at Elings Park.  More than 200 people completed the challenge, which included a demanding 15K distance along with a 5K fun run and Dog Dash.

In addition to the three local area High School Cross Country programs, the SBAA also made a donation to Elings Park to support the ongoing maintenance of the park’s extensive trail network.  According to SBAA President John Lofthus, “The Santa Barbara Athletic Association Board of Directors are thrilled to be able to make this contribution back to the community.  We are dedicated to supporting our youth running programs and the great work that our local HS Cross Country coaches are doing.  We are also happy to give back to Elings Park.  We are truly blessed to have such a wonderful system of trails in our backyard.”

Today’s donations brings the club’s total community support to $6,100 for 2017.  Other groups receiving financial support from the SBAA include the Santa Barbara Special Olympics and Club West for their Junior High School Cross Country program.

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