Westmonster 5K to Race through Campus

Artwork by Allie Trabucco '08

Artwork by Allie Trabucco '08

More than 100 runners are expected to compete in Santa Barbara’s toughest 5K race Thursday, Aug. 15, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Westmont track. The fourth annual Westmonster, part of the 2013 Santa Barbara Athletic Association Grand Prix Series, is a fundraiser for Westmont student-athlete scholarships.

The course, which climbs 284 feet, weaves through Westmont’s beautifully wooded campus in the Montecito foothills. A free children’s 1,000-meter race will follow the Westmonster. Dinner will be provided for all participants after the races.

“We wanted to make it different since we know there are a lot of races in town,” says Dave Odell, Westmont athletic director. “We developed into the course this big hill, which is kind of a monster. It’s very steep, probably a 15 percent grade. So it’s a play on words, we’re Westmonsters and we have the Westmonster hill.”

The race is a family-friendly event and is open to everyone. An early registration fee of $35 is available through July 31, after which the registration fee increases to $40. Children can participate in the 5K race for $15.Same-day registration begins at 5 p.m., but participants are encouraged to register online at http://www.westmont.edu/westmonster.

Ricky Ho and Cindy Abrami have each claimed two Westmonster titles in three years.