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Rinas Run takes off Saturday
5K, half marathon benefits Ripon High field
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Supporters for Saturdays Rinas Run are, front row from left are Dave Kamper, SSJID; Kevin Hawes, Ability Mortgage; Bob Brocchini, Brocchini Farms and Bere Lindley of SSJID. Back row;Todd Filbrun, Kurios Energy; Stephanie Hobbs, stadium restoration foundation president; Kelly Cole and Kim Bellino of DiBuduo & DeFendis along with Gregg Wilson of Vernon Transportation. - photo by GLENN KAHL

Rina’s Run – in honor of the late Rina Brocchini – is expecting last minute runners in the 5K and Half Marathon to arrive before dawn Saturday morning at the Ripon High School campus to register for the event.

The cost is $35 for the 5K and $60 for the Half Marathon.

The proceeds from the run will go toward the ongoing renovation of the high school athletic stadium where the event will see more than 325 runners – three times last year’s count. They will start off to the sound of a starter’s gun in the hand of California Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen.

The 5K loop event will take to the residential surface streets beginning at Acacia Avenue to Pine Street and onto Stockton Avenue, south to Doak Boulevard to Vera Avenue, going northbound on Vera by a water station at Immanuel Christian Reformed Church, with runners then heading back toward Acacia and northward to the high school stadium’s finish line.

Runners in the Half Marathon will head toward Doak Boulevard on the southern city limits, and onto Acacia Avenue, Pine Street to South Stockton Avenue, to Doak Boulevard, running westward toward Moncure and Austin roads, south on Austin into Caswell State Park and the Stanislaus River, returning on the same route to the stadium.

When they get back to the stadium, a light burrito breakfast will await them offered by the Ripon Rotary Club served at the field snack bar next to the Westside home bleachers.  The 10-inch burritos will contain eggs, cheese, salsa and spinach – all prepared that morning at the Barnwood Restaurant by the Rotarians. A fruit cup, coffee, milk and water are to be included.  The coffee has been donated by Starbucks.

There will be cash prizes for the winners with T-shirts and finisher medals for everyone who completes the race events.

Late registration will be available Saturday morning beginning at 5:30 a.m. The alternative is to register Friday evening at the Natural Path Wellness Center in the 300 block of West Main Street in downtown Ripon from 4 until 8 p.m. and pick up their run packets and be ready to go when they arrive Saturday morning.

Vendors in the stadium are offering no charge cholesterol and glucose screening thanks to Heald College.  The Nu Skin firm is offering screening of existing antioxidants in the body to determine a person’s ability to fight off cancer.  Blood pressure testing will also be available.