POSTED February 6, 2014 1:29 a.m.
The installation of the proposed all-weather Ripon High School track is virtually a certainty with a $300,000 donation from an anonymous community resident on Tuesday.
Stephanie Hobbs, leader of the Ripon Community Athletic Foundation, said the donor came to her door and offered the funds to finish the work with one condition: The name.
Hobbs said the money is contingent on the fact that the track will not be named after any one person. Instead it must be known as “The Ripon High Track in the Ripon High Stadium.”
She said she will present the name request to the Ripon Unified School Board in the near future for its approval.
After about $1 million in donations, the RCAF has all but completed Phase I of the renovation at Stouffer Field.
Work on the stadium located at Ripon High consisted mainly of the infrastructure for future phases of the project.
Next up is Phase II of the project. Included will be the $350,000 synthetic track. The $300,000 donation will almost cover the entire tab.
“An all-weather track will improve the safety, health, performance, aesthetics, and raise the revenue for Ripon,” Hobbs noted recently.
More than 800 local donors and volunteers have invested in the project.
The big RCAF fundraiser will again be Rina’s Run planned for May 10.
Sponsors are being sought for the 7th annual event consisting of 5-kilometer and half-marathon runs.
Donations can be made to: RCAF, P.O. Box 863, Ripon CA 95366 or dropped off at the Ripon Chamber of Commerce, 929 W. Main St.
For more information, call Hobbs at 209-599-6861 or log on to www.rcafsite.com or www.rinasrun.com.
RCAF updates are also posted on the social media site, Facebook.