A Few Miles for a Million Dreams…

Vibha Bay Area had their annual Dream Mile 2010 event on June 27 2010 in Shoreline Park, Mountain View, CA. This is the 12th year that Vibha has organized this 5k/10k run event. Having started on a small scale in 1998, this event has become hugely popular with its numbers growing each year. With 427 participating in 2007, the number of participants more than doubled with a maximum participation of 950 in 2009. This year was equally memorable with 888 participants. Thanks to the dedication of a great team of 120 Vibha volunteers who made this possible.

A few miles can go a long way in bringing smiles to thousands of children. In addition to the great exercise, the runners get to support great causes related to children’s education, opportunity and well-being. Vibha partnered with My New Red Shoes (MNRS), a non-profit working with Bay Area shelters and social service agencies to provide homeless and low income children with new shoes and new clothing. This year’s run also supports Door Step School (DSS), a Vibha funded project that believes if a child cannot go to school, DSS will take the school to the child’s door. $25916 has been raised through the event this year. Thanks to the generous pledges and the enthusiastic participation by all the registrants.

Runners raved about how well the event was organized. All the runners were consistent in feeling that the trails were very well marked with a good number of water stops along the way. There were first time runners eager to come back next year and long-time runners doing it year after year. One of the runners Samantha comments, “This was the best race I’ve ever participated in, and I’ve done over a dozen, including the New York City marathon! So well organized, really easy to get to, and park at, and the course was very well marked. Excellent water stations, at VERY regular intervals, and all volunteers were truly involved and happy to be there! I recommend this race to everyone, but especially to first-timers, since it’s such a supportive environment!” To catch the remaining reviews, go to http://www.active.com/running/mountain-view-ca/vibha-dream-mile-2010#Reviews.

You can watch the video of what the runners thought about the event here

Due to the persistence of volunteers, there are more number of sponsors every year. Thanks to our 2010 sponsors Dosa Place, Zee TV, Honest Tea, Kohls, My Deal Travel, New India Bazar, Manohar T. Reddy Law Offices, Fremont Star Dental and Desi Discounts.

Kudos to a great set of committed Vibha volunteers for making The Dream Mile once again a huge success!

To see the closest location where you can participate in the next Dream Mile, visit http://dreammile.org

Visit http://wiki.vibha.org/Dream_Mile:2010_Bayarea_Home to view the Bay Area Dream Mile results

Visit http://public.fotki.com/ForVibha/vibha-sfba/2010/the-dream-mile/ to view photos from the Bay Area Dream Mile event

To learn more about Vibha in the Bay Area, visit http://www.vibha.org/bayarea

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