The Santa Monica 5000, the 5K/10K run/walk that supports athletics in local schools, is just one month away and organizers are encouraging people to sign up.
This is the second year that the Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation is the charity partner of the race, which is set for Sunday, Oct. 7. Last year, the Ed Foundation brought 800 Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District students and family members to the race, according to Karen Safrit with the Santa Monica High School PTSA. This year‚Äôs goal is to have 2,000.
Register to race at www.santamonica5000.com. Five dollars of every registration goes to athletics. Registration fees are $20 for youth and $30 for adults through Sept. 8. Prices increase to $25 and $35, respectively, thereafter.
In 2011, SMMUSD schools and the Ed Foundation collectively raised $50,000 for athletics. This year the goal is $75,000, said Safrit.
The races start at 7:30 a.m. at Ocean Park Boulevard and the beach. All races finish on Ocean Avenue, just above the Santa Monica Pier. Training runs start Sept. 13.