San Juan Solstice 50 Mile Run is a nonprofit race benefiting the Lake City EMTs, graduating Lake City seniors and other public service entities of Lake City.
First and foremost every year, the race will fund a stipend program for our volunteer emergency medical team, most of whom will be helping at the aid stations on race day! This will provide a nominal payment for each out of county ambulance call that team members take while still maintaining their volunteer status. Most of our EMS Team members are working folks with young families who lose pay when they leave work to make and ambulance call.
The next focus of funding will be an annual scholarship or scholarships to graduating seniors for the Lake City Community School. The Garry Curry CLIMB scholarship was set up to honor our departed friend and ultra runner Garry Curry. The first $1,000.00 scholarship was awarded to graduating senior, Bennet Levine.
Remaining funds will be made available to public service entities in Lake City through a competitive grant process and will be awarded in December of each year. Those entities include EMS, which can apply for funds in addition to the stipend program, Search and Rescue, the volunteer Fire Dept and others.
Since the race became a benefit run in 2002 it has contributed over a quarter of a million dollars to Lake City EMTs.