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RCAF gearing up for half marathon

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POSTED March 9, 2013 1:31 a.m.

After six years of fundraising, members of the Ripon Community Athletic Foundation have managed over $1 million of installed infrastructure at Stouffer Field.

They’re expecting to exceed those numbers soon with the upcoming Rina’s Run. President Stephanie Hobbs noted that $26,000 so far has been pledged for this year’s race.

“This promises to help us cross the finish line,” she said Thursday.

Featured will be 5-kilometer and half-marathon runs. RCAF is in need of race and health fair volunteers along with sponsors for the May 11 event.

Hobbs hopes to get more folks for the medical diagnostic booths for the health fair, which will be held inside the nearly completed Phase 1 of the Ripon High stadium.

That’s also where the races will conclude.

RCAF promises that this year’s Rina Run is the best ever as Quake Mobile DJ Efren Martin will serve as the public address announcer at the start / finish line.

Participants can receive black long-sleeved tech shirts, finisher medals, and cash prizes.

The Ripon Rotary Club will be there hosting a breakfast burrito fundraiser.

For youngsters, a bounce house will be there for their enjoyment.

“It’ll be exciting to have all these things happening in the new and improved stadium facility,” said Hobbs.

She described the half-marathon course as taking “runners and walkers out the stadium to Pine Street and around South Stockton Avenue as it turns into Doak Boulevard and then into South Mohler Road and East Moncure Road.”

From there, participants will enter Caswell State Park before doubling back.

The 5K run also goes from Stouffer Field to Pine Street and South Stockton Avenue / Doak Boulevard. But then participants will make right turn (north) on to Vera Avenue, right on to Fourth Street, and left on to South Acacia Avenue and back to the stadium.

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