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October Classic Run to Benefit Hospital

Ojai, California, 08/11/2008

Runners, walkers and wheelchair participants will "go for the gold" as they raise funds for the Ojai Valley Community Hospital at the seventh annual October Classic competition on Saturday, Oct. 4.
The "Walk, Wheel or Run for Your Life" 5K and 10K event will begin at Nordhoff High School and wind over a specially designed flat course through Meiners Oaks. This year's classic will present $200 cash prizes to the first-place men's and women's winners in the 10K run, and the top three division winners will receive award ribbons and certificates.

All proceeds will be used for decorating improvements at the hospital's 66-bed Continuing Care Center adjacent to the main hospital building.
Registration is now open and will also be available on the day of the event in front of Nordhoff by the round drive-through, beginning at 7:15 a.m.  10K runners will push off at 8 a.m., while 5K runners and walkers will depart at 9 a.m.   Walk/wheelchair participants will start at 9:15 a.m.    

Students from Villanova Preparatory School will serve as volunteer workers during the competition.

"We encourage people of all ages to come out this year and join in this very enjoyable and worthwhile event," said Dr. Fred Fauvre, event chair.   "The race appeals to serious and non-serious runners as well as those who simply want to walk to support our local hospital.  Besides helping the Ojai Hospital, the October Classic showcases the benefits of exercise and physical fitness."

Fauvre expressed his appreciation to the many sponsors whose commitment ensures the success of this event.  He noted that sponsorship packages are still available, and those interested should contact the Hospital Foundation at 640-2317.

Early registration fees for participants are $10 for age 17 and under, and $25 for those aged 18 or over. After Oct. 1, fees are $15 and $30, respectively. To register, call the Hospital Foundation office at 640-2317, or visit

Each participant will receive an official October Classic T-shirt, In addition, local organizations will have booths at the event and raffle prizes will be presented throughout the day.

Last year, more than 200 people took part in the October Classic, raising nearly $10,000 for the hospital.