Gauchos Gallop Back to UCSB Campus for All Gaucho Reunion
On the morning of Saturday, April 27, the 6th annual Gaucho Gallop will take place on the UC Santa Barbara campus, in conjunction with the 7th annual All Gaucho Reunion. The day includes many exciting events including the Diogi Dog Dash, 5K and 10K runs, the Gaucho Challenge, and a Kids’ Dash. Although there are discounted fees for UCSB students, alumni, faculty and staff, these events are open to all members of the Santa Barbara and Goleta communities.
The All Gaucho Reunion, taking place April 25-28, is a weekend of fun and relaxation, as well as reconnection with the UCSB campus, and former classmates and colleagues. In addition to many other events, AGR’s Gaucho Gallop allows passionate Gauchos and members of the community to come together to exhibit their athleticism, energy and true Gaucho pride. Last year’s event saw 250 participants, and this year, the AGR team members aim to attract 400-500 participants.
The day begins at 8:15 a.m. with the Diogi Dog Dash. Sponsored by Diogi K-9 Resort and Athletic Club, the race is a 1K course for dog owners and their furry friends. The grand prize is a three month supply of dog food, and costumes are strongly encouraged for both dogs and their owners. More information can be found here.
At 9 a.m., the Elite Rehab and Performance 5K and the SB Running Company 10K run will begin. Both races will start at the same time and loop around the UCSB campus. The course begins at Harder Stadium, and passes by many iconic campus areas, such as the chancellor’s house, DLG dining commons, and the Arbor. The 5K run is open to both runners and walkers, and the 10K is a Grand Prix event, and will include prizes. Although the exact prizes have not not yet been determined, the Gaucho Gallop has received donations from Backyard Bowls, Silvergreens, SB Yoga Center, and other local businesses.
The most interesting event, and by far the most popular with current UCSB students, is the Gaucho Challenge. Event Supervisor Rachael Rutkowski, describes this event, which is sponsored by Santa Barbara Airbus, as somewhat of an “Amazing Race.” Starting at 9:30 a.m. at Harder Stadium, teams of two will run a 5K, while completing a series of challenges along the way. Last year’s race hosted 25 teams of students and alumni who were raring to show the public their Gaucho spirit. This year, the race is open to 50 teams.
The themes and activities of this year’s challenges are kept a secret until the day of the race, but last year’s challenges included titles such as “Life’s a Beach” and “Gaucho Gastronomy.” I can only imagine what creative Gaucho-themed challenges they have prepared for this year’s race. I’ve also been told that costumes are strongly encouraged for the Challenge, and that people can get pretty creative (see photo).
The free Kids’ Dash will begin at 10 a.m., and will include an unofficial run around Harder Stadium with the famous UCSB mascot, Olé, as well as the Geico Gecko. Kids ages 5 and under will be lead around the inside of Harder Stadium, while kids ages 6-13 will run a one mile course similar to the Dog Dash.
The Finish Line Festival, which will begin at 9:20 a.m. and continue throughout the day, will include activities, food and sponsor booths. Breakfast burritos, fruit and coffee will be provided by Country Catering. Music will be provided by Brengrass, the official band of the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management. A kids’ expo will also be hosted, featuring activities for little Gauchos.
If you would like to participate in the Dog Dash, 5K, 10K, Gaucho Challenge, or Kids’ Dash,cregistration information can be found online at ucsbruns.com. Race packets can be picked up atcSB Running Company’s Goleta store. Day-of registration is also available and begins at 7:30ca.m. at Harder Stadium.
Information about the All Gaucho Reunion can be found at http://allgauchoreunion.com/.