UCSB Alumni Association attempts to outpace last year's record of $10,000 raised for student scholarships
(Santa Barbara, CA) - The UCSB Running Series is back and according to event organizers, the 2011 version promises to be even better than 2010's. In addition to the individual competitions, the race series features a unique team challenge that pits between five and nine individuals against other teams with the top five "scoring" for team bragging rights. Proceeds of all three races will benefit the UCSB Alumni Association Student Scholarship Fund. The UCSB Running Series has raised nearly $20,000 for student scholarships at UCSB since 2008, with $10,000 given in 2010 alone.
The first race in the series, Romeo's 4 Miler, set for January 29, 2011, brings back a cherished Santa Barbara running tradition: the Couples Relay. Here couples compete against other couples over a four mile distance with each person doing one mile loop before handing off to the other. The Shamrock 5 Miler, to be held on March 12, 2011, brings runners to the beautiful but rarely visited West Campus of UCSB, while also allowing participants to sample the "wild" streets of Isla Vista. Finally, the Gaucho Gallop will kick off the 5th annual All Gaucho Reunion in dramatic fashion on April 30, 2011. The All Gaucho Reunion, a weekend full of social events, lectures and of course reunions, will bring an estimated 6,000 UCSB alumni and friends back to campus.