Opportunity to fund race scholarship for youth

There's nothing but good vibes at the Lynch Canyon Trail Run and Community Hike, which takes place this year on Saturday, June 1.

This year, you have an opportunity to help youth join in the fun of the run by contributing to the Lynch Canyon Trail Run Scholarship. Twenty percent of registrants have already chosen to help get young people out on the trail!

The Lynch Canyon Trail Run, deemed, “Solano County’s toughest trail run,” is enjoyed by first-timers, sponsored athletes, and repeat and new runners from 8 to 80 years old. Many participate for the physical and mental challenge, to overcome obstacles, or to get a mental reset in the beautiful natural setting. Thanks to your support, Lynch Canyon is open to the public and able to host this popular event, now in its 12th year. The community walk is free, and no advance registration is required.

Lynch Canyon Trail Run Scholarship

The new scholarship was inspired by Jim Dobyns, a home and hospital teacher for the Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District. “Young people spend so much time in front of screens. It’s great to get them outside where they can feel the sunshine, breathe the air, and move around,” he said.

Jim ran a half-marathon at the Lynch Canyon Trail Run last year for the first time, and appreciates the camaraderie. “Everyone is really supportive and it’s inspiring to be around that community,” he said. “Even if you’ve never done it before, just walk it and be part of it. There’s nothing more natural than fresh air and sunshine. It’s good for you.”

Teacher Jim Dobyns inspired the scholarship.

We are partnering with local nonprofits to reach youth, but if you know of an individual or organization that can benefit from the scholarship, send an email to race founder and organizer Chris Abess.

We hope you join us at this fun event! Whether you can come or not, please consider helping a young person participate who might not otherwise be able to go. When registering online for the half-marathon, 10K, or 5K you are given a chance to donate $25 (optional) to a scholarship. To support the sponsorship fund without running the race, please contact Michelle Dickey. You can also contact Michelle for sponsorship opportunities.

Event proceeds benefit Solano Land Trust. Thank you.

Photos by Tom Muehleisen and Daniel Smith.