The Triton 5K run at UC San Diego. Photo courtesy the university
The Triton 5K run at UC San Diego. Photo courtesy the university

Despite the stormy weather, over 3,500 members of the UC San Diego community, including alumni, students, staff, faculty and friends, came out to the 20th annual Triton 5K and Festival on Sunday morning.

It’s considered one of the largest 5K events across San Diego County, raising more than $3.4 Million worth of scholarships to support over 1,000 students in need, according to a UCSD media representative Judy Piercey.

A media report said the run started at 9 a.m. on North Point Lane in front of the Spanos Athletic Performance Center, and continued through different parts of campus. Runners passed iconic landmarks such as the Geisel Library and the Sun God statue.

Families were welcome, as children age 12 and under were invited to participate in a Junior Triton Run which began at 10:30 a.m., at the Triton Track and Field Stadium, said Piercey.

After the race, there was a Family Festival, filled with fun activities for all ages. This included interactive STEAM exhibits, a beer garden and a Farmers’ Market. The music of a local funk band provided a lively atmosphere.

The Triton 5K was first established in 1996 as the “Chancellor’s Challenge 5K Run/Walk for Scholars” by former Chancellor Robert C. Dynes, said Piercey.

See the best moments at the event across social media below:

#Triton5K #UCSD

Posted by Matthew Ng on Sunday, April 10, 2016

Look at my little Triton runners!!!!! #triton5k

Posted by Loralyn Cross on Sunday, April 10, 2016