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8th annual "Rina's Run" 5K/Half Marathon in Ripon draws more than 400 | Community Spirit

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8th annual "Rina's Run" 5K/Half Marathon in Ripon draws more than 400
8th annual "Rina's Run" 5K/Half Marathon in Ripon draws more than 400

More than 200 volunteers, including the entire Ripon city council, turned out to assist the 430 runners who participated in Saturday's "Rina's Run" on the new all-weather track the previous seven "Rina's" helped to fund. It's named in honor of the late Rina Brocchini; the Brocchini Family Foundation has been a major supporter of the Ripon High Stadium Project since its inception. This year's race raised funds and awareness towards the need to replace the inaccessible bathrooms and unsafe bleachers. The Ripon High Stadium Project has gone to Washington DC three times with the San Joaquin Council of Governments as a regionally beneficial project and has continued to be a hub of grassroots community fundraising that has unified virtually every non-profit, including 900+ volunteers and donors from Ripon's community of 15,000. Vernon Transportation's Gregg Wilson sponsored a special $1,000 cash prize for the first runner to beat a time of 1:11 in the half marathon. Ivan Medina of Hayward came in at 1:10:31 to win the prize. The 5K winner was Raymond Rodriguez of Los Banos at 17:21.

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