Marci Finley, who helped organize the recent 5k run to help save sports in the Mt. Diablo school district, recently informed me that the United Mt. Diablo Athletic Foundation (UMDAF) expected to net more than $60,000 from the Oct. 9 event.
This was a bit less than the group’s $70,000 target, but she was still happy with the results, she said, in an e-mail.
About 1,350 people participated in the event, exceeding the group’s goal of 1,200 runners.
“We had approximately 400 sign ups race day and many people mentioned your article,” she wrote. “I believe your article made a difference in our attendance. Thank you!”
The organization welcomes donations, athlete sponsorships and volunteers for future fund-raisers. More information is available at http://www.unitedmtdiabloathletics.org/.
Do you have any ideas for how organizers could attract more participation and/or contributions for this annual event?
NOV. 1 UPDATE: Here is a video of the 5k run, which shows what a heartwarming, community-building event it has become: http://youtu.be/smos-0VAKW4.