Fri07252014

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Inaugural Duveneck Dash may get more kids to camp

Hidden Villa’s inaugural Duveneck Dash is scheduled 9 a.m. April 19 at the preserve, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills.

A 5K run is set for 9 a.m., a 10K run will begin 9:45 a.m. and a continuous walking loop around Steinman’s Pasture is slated at 10 a.m.

Organized to honor the legacy and continue the stewardship and social justice work of Hidden Villa founders Josephine and Frank Duveneck, the noncompetitive event is open to participants of all ages.

Trail routes include interactive stops featuring educational exhibits on local history and culture and “Toddler Town” at the farm’s natural playground.

“The goal for this inspirational recreation event is to educate our participants about Josephine and Frank’s vision through their own words,” said Jay Davis, event founder and program manager of summer camps and youth activities at Hidden Villa. “The roughly 150 participants will experience the introspective quotes we’ll be posting along the trail as they traverse the 5K, 10K and walking routes.”

Proceeds from the Duveneck Dash will support scholarships for low-income youth attending Hidden Villa’s summer camps. Approximately 50 percent of campers in recent years received scholarships. Hidden Villa anticipates hosting nearly 1,300 youth this summer.

“To ensure that all voices are represented when discussing these relevant topics, we provide over $165,000 in summer camp scholarships each year to bring in individuals from diverse backgrounds,” Davis said.

Registration for the Duveneck Dash is $20 per person for the running events, $10 per person for the walk. Additional donations are welcome.

To register and for more information, visit hiddenvilla.org.

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