The run has been held every year to raise funds for the Anthony Garcia Memorial Scholarship, a scholarship created in honor of Brawley native Anthony Garcia who died from cancer in 2011 while a senior in high school.
â€œIt feels good when people come to support and enjoy the morning,â€ said Rusty Garcia, father of Anthony Garcia and founder of their foundation.
Saturdayâ€™s run was the biggest yet with 115 participants according to Garcia. The 10K race also posted some of the highest numbers ever.Â People came from around the valley and as far away as San Diego to support the foundation.
â€œI havenâ€™t run in a while and wanted to see how I could do,â€ said Emilio Marquez, a Brawley native who returned from college for the run, â€œItâ€™s for a good cause too.â€
“I normally don’t do runs, but this is a special occasion,” said “Nacho” Cabrera, the uncle of Anthony from San Diego, “I’m doing this in my nephew’s honor.”
Medals were given out to the runners who placed 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in different age groups and for the two runs.
All the money raised from the run will go towards the Anthony Garcia Foundation fund, for scholarships for Imperial Valley high school seniors.Â According to Garcia the foundation has raised $35,000 over the past six years in scholarships.