The Marianne Talley Foundation celebrated its 20th Annual Fun Run on June 2 at Talley Vineyards. The 5K winner, Christian Ricketts, age 13, finished in 16:11 a new course record! Julia Bounds, 14, was the top 5K female finisher with 18:48. The 10K winner, Christopher Norling, 22, finished in 35:33 and Kara Thorne, 30, the top 10K female, in 38:52. The youth mile winner, Spencer Eley, 13, finished in 5:43; while Ariel Sim, 10, finished in 6:35.
Since 1993, the foundation has granted more than $200,000 in scholarships to 42 deserving Arroyo Grande High School students, with the fun run as the primary fundraiser.
As race director, I would like to extend many thanks to our sponsors: Cavaletto Brothers, Heritage Oaks Bank, Makor Wines, E.C. Loomis Insurance, Etnyre Wines, Mary Harris, Stephen Ross Cellars, Santa Maria Seeds, Richardson Properties, Cerro Vista Cellars, Honda of Santa Maria, Toyota of Santa Maria, Waynes Tires, Farm Credit West, LFMG Accountants, GLM Landscape, J. Carroll, Central Coast Printing, Okuis, House of Bread, and Brough Construction.
Many businesses donated to our raffle, including Running Warehouse, Miners Hardware, Café Andreini, Branch Street Deli, Old Village Grill, Jaffa Café and more. Additional thanks to Rob OSullivan, Terry Veal, EMT Tootie Bevill, Sean Ricketts and the Arroyo Grande High School volunteers.