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FFA supporters run, walk, swim, ride to raise funds

Issue Date: April 7, 2021
Janie Rambo, Rachel Magos and Brea Mohamed of the Imperial County Farm Bureau display their racing bibs for the 5K for FFA event.
Colusa County Farm Bureau board member Heather Ellingson participates on horseback.

Inspired by a challenge to support and raise money for Future Farmers of America while promoting health awareness, the California Farm Bureau sponsored its employees and county Farm Bureaus to participate in the inaugural 5K for FFA virtual run to benefit the youth program.

Seventeen people from the California Farm Bureau took part in the race, and 31 people from 10 county Farm Bureaus participated.

In total, 1,355 people, 54 chapters and nine businesses joined in the virtual run across the state, according to California FFA.

The event was meant to help bring attention to National Ag Day on March 23. Entry fees—at a cost of $15 per participant or a group/chapter rate of 15 participants for $150—raised more than $20,000 for California FFA, the organization said.

Participants were allowed to finish the 5K any way they wanted, using the route of their choice, from March 21-28. They were able to do the run indoors or outdoors, in one day or over several days.

Some chose to walk the 5K, whereas others ran, cycled, swam or even rode on horseback.

Weekly challenges were shared on California FFA social media platforms and in weekly email updates to race participants. People competed for prizes through the week of the race in categories such as most unique race outfit; most unique way to participate; most FFA swag worn during race; and best tie-dyed or decorated shirt. They were also encouraged to post pictures using #5KforFFA on their social media feeds.

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