The 10K/ 5K Run/ Walk was held on Saturday, May 6, 2017 to benefit Growing Grounds. Growing Grounds Farm in Santa Maria combines horticultural therapy and vocational training to provide employment to people with mental illness.  The farm provides a supportive environment where personal growth can be realized. Growing Grounds Farm Santa Maria was launched in October 2000.

Frank Ricceri (center), head of Growing Grounds Farm, accepts a $3,600 check from Santa Maria Rotary South.  Pictured from left to right are committee members Vicki Connor, Fran Hutchinson, Robert Ogden, Mr. Ricceri, committee chair Leticia Soto, and Peter Garcia.  The funds were raised at the club's 10 K Run/Walk for Mental Health.  


Runners get serious waiting to start.  Watch out for the short one, 3rd from left!

3K runners and walkers raring to go!

And ... They're Off!

Runners and walkers hustle to get some grub after their vigorous workout.