The La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation had already blown past its financial goal for this year's Jog-A-Thon before the second phase of the event was held last week.
La Cañada High School 7/8 students ran, jogged or walked in the second half of the Educational Foundation's Jog-A-Thon on Friday. La Cañada Unified School District's elementary schools hosted their own events on Nov. 17. The Foundation's goal for this year's two-phase Jog-A-Thon was to raise $180,000 and break the previous Jog-A-Thon record of $179,000, which was set last year.
Tracy Stewart, chairman of the Jog-A-Thon, started calculating the numbers and realized the Foundation more than met its goal in the first half of the fundraiser, generating $230,000 in the elementary Jog-A-Thon on Nov. 17.
"We underestimated ourselves — it's been around $180,000 the past few years," Stewart said. "When we started doing the calculations this year, we were amazingly surprised."
The Jog-A-Thon is the Foundation's second-largest fundraiser. The event puts district students in charge of garnering donations, whether per-lap or via flat pledges, during the month leading up to the event.