Wildflower Run Recap

Our 2022 Wildflower Run was a stunning success! We had 896 total runners along with exceptional results in sponsor contributions, Wildflower Fund membership donations, and volunteer participation. The weather cooperated beautifully –cool during race times and sunny at the Finish Fest for the awards presentation.

After two years of virtual runs, fitness enthusiasts showed up in large numbers across all race categories. The 896 total is equal to our in-person run in 2019. (The all-time high is 1,166, set in 2015.) The Kids 2k was very popular this year with a record 81 participants. Our registration champion was Sandy Stoob, who provided regular updates and essential behind the scenes support.

Mega thanks to our outstanding volunteers who worked to make the 2022 run successful. We’re one of the largest runs that relies solely on member volunteers. Volunteer Coordinator Pat Toombs commented “I’d say we had about 130 members (working prior to race day). Race day alone might be 75-80.” Many worked more than one job and WFR Committee Chairs diligently brought it all together. Each year we ask everyone to volunteer, and our members came through with flying colors!

The noteworthy contributions from corporate sponsors— dollars, as well as prizes and gift cards–is another testament to our success. The Sponsor Committee, led by Amy Whelan, garnered more funds than ever before. Hat’s off also to the stellar efforts of the Publicity Committee for all they did to promote the run.

Our local community supports us with their volunteer efforts, as well. Vicky Reader reported, “We had a record 65 Muscle in the Morning, comprised of Boy Scout Troop 730 and students from Live Oak, Sobrato, and Oakwood high schools. The group included Key, Interact, and CSF members; AAUW scholarship awardees; Young Women Leaders; and members of a Tech Trek family.”

Many thanks to Dr. Carmen Garcia, Morgan Hill Unified School District Superintendent, for enthusiastically handing out awards at the 2022 Wildflower Run Finish Fest.

Finally, the evaluations from runners were very positive, and all stated they’d come back next year. With the addition of many new runners this year and a broad base of return runners, we’re set for a strong turnout in 2023. Mark your calendar; the 2023 race date is March 26, 2023, our 40th annual Wildflower Run.

Our Morgan Hill Branch really shines at raising funds for local scholarships, community grants and our AAUW mission efforts!

Joy Safakish & Janet Wright, Wildflower Run Co-Directors

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