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9th Annual Grape Day 5K and Tots N Trucks Is Oct. 12

Bringing tots and trucks together.

Two longtime Escondido events are coming together with plenty of family friendly fun. The Escondido Sunrise Rotary’s / Palomar Health annual Grape Day 5k will be held the morning of Saturday, October 12 along Grand Ave. and the Historic Old Escondido Neighborhood and the ECCDC/Escondido East Rotary 9th Annual Tots ‘N Trucks will follow the 5K beginning at 9:30 am at Grape Day Park.

Starting at 8 a.m., you can run, walk or stroll at the Grape Day 5K event which starts at Grape Day Park, winds through the streets of Old Escondido and finishes back at Grape Day Park.  Music and entertainment along the course, a T shirt and medal are yours when you sign up at Use the code ESR10 for $10 off registration.  “The Grape Day 5K is the only major fundraiser for the Escondido Sunrise Rotary- no funds benefit administration,” Jim Ponder, member of the Escondido Sunrise Rotary club told The Times-Advocate.

The funds raised will benefit the 5k Charity Partner, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, with a significant donation to allow for assistance with mobility, research into new therapies and to find a cure, and counseling and diagnosis assistance. Multiple Sclerosis is an unpredictable neurological disease that affects an estimated 400,000 people in the United States. 

As the club’s largest fundraiser, the Escondido Sunrise Rotary will also be using the funds raised by the race for the 2019 / 2020 year to support the Boys and Girls Club of Greater San Diego County, the YMCA, Holiday shopping for underprivileged youth in Escondido, Cabins in San Diego County for disabled including our wounded warriors, Project Mercy home building in Tijuana, Emergency support and disaster relief, Meals on Wheels for the Escondido area, North County Interfaith, among others.  Event sponsor of the 9th Annual Grape Day 5k is Berg Electric Charitable Foundation and title sponsor is Palomar Health.  To Learn more, visit The Escondido Sunrise Rotary official event page at  If you would like to participate you can pre-register at , call 619-269-7047 or at the event.

At the 9th Annual Tots ‘N Trucks event, children, of all ages, have a chance to explore work trucks of all shapes and sizes including fire trucks, police cars, city storm drain and street sweeping trucks, dump trucks, garbage trucks, paving trucks, cement trucks, milk trucks and much more, Tots ‘N Trucks will run from 9:30 am to 2 p.m. and admission is free to this family friendly event.

The event is hosted by the Escondido Community Child Development Center and Escondido East Rotary Club and Title sponsored by Debbie Young and Sculpt Nouveau of Escondido, the County of San Diego, Supervisor Kristin Gaspar and Escondido resident Lois Brossart. 

Along with trucks, there be food, raffles, special appearances by Star War characters, Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap truck, Escondido Police K-9 Demonstration, entertainment by Journey Birds, the Classical Academy Caiman Marching Band and more.  For more information go to and click on the 2019 Tots & Trucks page.

Together, these community events will bring together nearly 4,000 participants, volunteers, and local businesses.

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