9th Annual Mardi Gras Madness 5K/10K Planned to Benefit SOAR

by | Jul 26, 2018 | Community

Planning officials announced that the 9th Annual Mardi Gras Madness 5K/10K will again take place at Valencia Town Center in early 2019. The news comes in the wake of a recent statement naming the event’s primary beneficiary, Students Off And Running (SOAR) of Santa Clarita, as a Featured Charity for the 2019 Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon.   “Our ongoing partnership with the LA Marathon offers tremendous opportunity to further our mission while maintaining the visibility needed to raise funds to support our kids in training,” SOAR Director Kevin Sarkissian commented.
Now in its twelfth year of operation, the Santa Clarita Track Club’s SOAR program offers a six-month 380-mile, marathon training experience to high school youth in need ages 13 to 18 living in the Santa Clarita Valley at no cost to participants or their families. Students committing to the 24-week training season are covered for all event registration fees, equipment, transportation, and training supplies at a cost of approximately $1,000 per student participant. SOAR has helped hundreds of kids train for, and complete the LA Marathon, reporting an astounding 100 perent completion rate since establishing roots in 2007.
“Offering a no cost program of this quality presents a considerable financial challenge to our organization, and we rely almost entirely on fundraising to pay the bills. SOAR’s Mardi Gras Madness 5K/10K, hosted by Valencia Town Center in February of each year, represents a significant portion of our annual fundraising strategy, and I’m truly grateful for the tremendous community support that has helped to sell out the event for the past six years,” said Sarkissian.
The Magazine of Santa Clarita is a proud media sponsor for the 9th Annual Mardi Gras Madness 5K/10K slated for February 24, 2019! Visit www.mgm5k.com and use promo code ‘SCNEWS’ for an exclusive registration discount available only to our readers!
Please contact Director Kevin Sarkissian at 661-877-7024 or kjsarkissian@yahoo.com for information regarding Mardi Gras Madness sponsorship opportunities or charity participation with SOAR’s 2019 LA Marathon training team.


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