UCSB's Annual Lagoon Open Set for August 31

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The 2013 UC Santa Barbara cross-country season will begin on Saturday, Aug. 31 with the UCSB Lagoon Open. Three races will be contested, beginning with an Alumni/Community 5k at 9:30 a.m. The women's Open 5k starts soon after at 10:30 a.m., and the men's Open 8k will begin at 11:00 a.m. The staging area will be behind the University Center (UCEN).

The Open races will feature the athletes from UCSB and Cal Poly, and are also open to unattached and club elite athletes. Please contact Amanda Moreno at Amanda.Moreno@athletics.ucsb.edu for questions and RSVPs.

You can help support UCSB cross country in a number of ways. A $25 donation includes entry in the Alumni/Community 5k and access to post-race refreshments. For $100 or more donations, all Alumni are encouraged to join the "The Gaucho Order", which includes Alumni/Community race entry, post-race refreshment, and s post-race alumni barbecue.

Please make checks payable to "UC Regents" and designate "UCSB Men's Cross Country" or "UCSB Women's Cross Country" in the memo. If you can't make the event and still want to support the Gauchos, donations can be mailed to UC Santa Barbara 
Department of Intercollegiate Athletics
, ICA Building, 
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-5200, 
ATTN: Cross Country.

Cross Country head coach Pete Dolan will host a barbecue at his house in Goleta after the race, and all alumni and their families are invited. Come and relive the glory days with past teammates and connect with other gaucho greats.
 RSVP is required to Amanda Moreno for those wishing to attend.

The race will also be the first installment in the 2013-14 school year of the Blue-Green Rivalry between the Gauchos and Cal Poly. Since the Mustangs made the jump to Division I in the 1990's the Blue-Green Rivalry has been one of the fiercest in collegiate athletics. Last year, UCSB narrowly came out on top over the Mustangs by a score of 15-14 in regular season competitions. To learn more about the Blue-Green Rivalry, click here

Earlier in 2013, a UCSB student referendum was passed that earmarked over $2 million for improvements to Pauley Track as part of a larger shared athletics facilities improvement. Consider contributing to the Gaucho Fund in order to ensure that the new track facility is unveiled as quickly as possible and is of the utmost quality. To help with the campaign for track and field, contact Andy Fee, Senior Associate Athletics Director, at Andy.Fee@athletics.ucsb.edu or 805-893-4960.