Grape Day 5k
October 7, 2017
The Escondido Sunrise Rotary Club’s 2017 Grape Day 5k will benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society as well as the Escondido Sunrise Rotary Club’s youth leadership programs and other club programs, including polio eradication and support to the YMCA and Boys and Girls Club. The club also supports a Wounded Warrior program, a Marine Battalion stationed in Iraq, and matching grant programs in India, Turkey, and Uganda. This will be the seventh consecutive year the Escondido Sunrise Rotary Club has organized the Grape Day 5k, a kick-off to Escondido’s annual Grape Day celebration, a community-wide event that highlights the city’s history, especially the 19th Century when the region was covered with thousands of acres of vineyards. Runners and walkers of all ages and abilities are welcomed. The 5k will begin and end at 150 North Centre City Parkway, near the intersection of West Grand and South Orange avenues in Escondido. Participants will receive a commemorative medal, moisture-wicking sport shirt, and other items.
This will be the fourth consecutive year for the National MS Society’s selection as the benefitting charity. Over the past three years, Escondido Sunrise Rotary Club officials state that more than $50,000 has been raised to benefit MS research and program and services for people with MS, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that interrupts the flow of information within the brain and between the brain and body.
“The Escondido Sunrise Rotary is proud to support the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and our community,” says Jim Ponder, Grape Day 5k chairman. “We are especially grateful to the Palomar Health Foundation and Bergelectric Charitable Foundation for their support. We encourage people of every age and ability to join the fun and support these great causes.”
Established in 1980, the Escondido Sunrise Rotary Club is dedicated to the Rotarian values of “service above self” and “world peace and understanding.” The club consistently ranks among the top Rotary Clubs in San Diego and Imperial counties in per capita giving. grapeday5k.com