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SB Marathon & Half and SBAA donate $15,000 to local High School Track & Field teams


The two entities made their annual donation at the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table luncheon; over $100,000 for the local track and running programs since 2010.

By Barry Punzal, Presidio Sports

They were handing out big checks at the last Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table press luncheon of the 2014-15 school year on Monday.

Randy Weiss, community foundation officer at Union Bank, presented the non-profit Round Table with a $10,000 check to cover the lunches for the athletes next season.

Weiss reminded the athletes of how special the Round Table is and encouraged them to give back to the community.

“You have a job to do,” he said. “Five to 10 years from now, when you’re in the business field doing great things in your careers, just remember the special opportunities that were presented to you here at the Athletic Round Table in your high school and college careers. You’ve had great coaches, you have a great support organization — there is nothing like the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table.

“We’ll be back next year with more support. Keep up the good work.”

That ceremony was followed by the Santa Barbara Athletic Association’s presentation of a $15,000 check to be shared among the high school and college track & field and running programs in the community. The money is a reward for the work the local track athletes do during the Santa Barbara Veterans Day Marathon, Half-Marathon and Relay during the fall.

John Lofthus of the SBAA said the association has raised more than $100,000 for the local track and running programs since 2010.

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