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Thousands of runners, bikers kick off at The Market Place

Updated 3:58 p.m. Nov. 5.

Children in preschool through high school pounded their tennis shoes on the pavement during the 22nd annual Dino Dash at The Market Place shopping center in Tustin on Sunday.

The fundraiser, which included 2K, 5K and 10K runs and 50K bike tour, is the largest event for the Tustin Public Schools Foundation, which raises money to pay for programs for Tustin students.

More than 7,200 people, including students, parents, and school staff, gathered in the early morning to for the runs and bike tour. Many visited the Dino Dash expo in The Market Place following the races for lunch and games at various business and nonprofit booths.

Last year’s race counted about 7,000 runners and had a profit of $170,000. The funds supported after-school sports, tutors, library materials, school grants, the Tustin Summer Academy and Go Green projects, said Tustin Public Schools Foundation Executive Director Carol Burby-Garrett

Information: or 714-832-3060.

Contact the writer: 714-796-7949 or

Updated to add programs funded by last year's race.

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