Inaugural event raises nearly $100,000 for student scholarships and programs.

SAN MARCOS, CA (Oct. 20, 2018) — More than 300 costumed runners and walkers “tricked or treated” a path through Palomar College in San Marcos early Saturday morning, Oct. 20, for the inaugural Monster Dash & Bash 5K Run/Walk. Presented by the Palomar College Foundation, this year’s event raised nearly $100,000 for student scholarships and programs.

The field started at approximately 8:30 a.m. and ran (or meandered) along a course through the 220-acre San Marcos campus. After the race, those in costumes (the majority of participants) competed for Best in Show, with winners in the following categories: Best Child Costume; Best Costume; Scariest Costume; and Best Group/Team Costumes.

Each participant received a “swag bag” of treats. In addition to the race, the Palomar College Foundation held a silent auction filled with unique items.

Palomar College is the largest single community college in San Diego County, serving more than 35,000 students in its 2,500 square mile district in north San Diego County. Established in 1946, the college has a main campus in San Marcos; three centers – in Escondido, Rancho Bernardo and Fallbrook; and four sites – on Camp Pendleton, and in Ramona and Pauma Valley. The College offers more than 200 degrees and certificate programs.

The Palomar College Foundation serves as the focus of community support for Palomar’s students and faculty. Over the years, thousands of caring citizens have given time and money to the Foundation, thus ensuring that quality education is available for everyone in the community.

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