(From a press release)
Santa is back with a bigger bag of goodies for everyone! The fortunate recipients will be high school students and adults who have their sights set on a college education at Oxnard College.
Since 2009, the Santa to the Sea series of races has been awarding scholarships to deserving locals. Partially funded by grants from the Gene Haas Foundation and the Oxnard College Foundation, approximately $122,000 in scholarship money has been awarded to approximately 300 current Oxnard College students. In 2014 alone, 100 scholarships totaling $50,000 were awarded.
“It’s really important for me to give back to this community that my family and I have been a part of for so long,” said race director Mike Barber. “And 2009 was a good year for the race, with a noticeable increase in participants and sponsors, so that’s how the scholarship fund started.”
Registration is ongoing for the annual Santa to the Sea races on Sunday, December 13. A portion of registration fees funds the Santa to the Sea Scholarship Fund.
For more information or to register, go to www.santatothesea.com
About Santa to the Sea
Founded by long-time Oxnard resident Mike Barber, the Santa to the Sea series of races is as iconic as Santa Claus himself. Since 2008, the series has something for everyone – a half-marathon, a relay, a 5K, a kids’ run and even a costume contest. Held every 2nd Sunday of December, it gets a lot of whole-hearted community support because it gives back through high school scholarships and donations to schools and non-profit volunteer groups.