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Run for Education returning to San Ramon Valley

Annual fundraiser, online auction benefit Education Foundation

The San Ramon Valley's education community is getting ready for its largest family fundraiser of the year, with the 33rd annual Run for Education coming to San Ramon and Danville this weekend.

The Run for Education, which typically draws thousands of participants, and the associated online Auction for Education organized by the Rotary Club of San Ramon benefit the San Ramon Valley Education Foundation and its efforts to support all local schools.

The nonprofit foundation, along with its 33 affiliates at individual schools, raise more than $7 million per year to support education in the Valley.

One of its main fundraisers, the annual Run for Education is the foundation's only event that features participants, volunteers and spectators from all 36 San Ramon Valley Unified School District schools, representing the communities of San Ramon, Danville and Alamo, organizers said.

This year's event is set Sunday morning (Oct. 16), with 10-kilometer and 5-kilometer runs (both certified by USA Track and Field) and a 5-kilometer fun walk/run.

The online Auction for Education is open now and runs through 10 p.m. Friday (Oct. 14).

More than $40,000 worth of auction items have been donated by businesses and community members for this year's auction, according to organizers. The 2015 Auction for Education raised more than $80,000 for SRVUSD schools.

For the Run for Education, the two 5K runs begin at 8:15 a.m. at Iron Horse Middle School, 12601 Alcosta Blvd. in San Ramon. The 10K race starts at 8 a.m. at Charlotte Wood Middle School, 600 El Capitan Drive in Danville.

Parking is available at Bishop Ranch 15 in San Ramon next to Iron Horse Middle School, organizers said. Shuttles from Alcosta Boulevard and Woodland Drive across from the school will take runners to the Charlotte Wood starting line from 6:45-7:40 a.m., leaving every 10 minutes. There will be no shuttle service after the race.

On the day before, Saturday, Iron Horse will host a mini run for preschoolers at 4 p.m. during its Health and Wellness Expo.

To learn more about the Run for Education or to register, visit the foundation website.

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