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Midland School Hosts “Run for the Sun”

Posted: Wednesday, November 9, 2005

By: Karen Readey (Expired article)

Los Olivos, CA -

Midland School, a college preparatory boarding school in Santa Barbara County, will host its first “Run for the Sun” on Sunday, December 18th, 2005, to raise money for the school’s solar energy program. The event will take place on Midland’s campus at 5100 Figueroa Mountain Road in Los Olivos.

Participants may choose from a 5K walk & run (moderately strenuous) at 9 a.m., a 10K expert run (strenuous) at 10 a.m., or a moderate 10K horse ride at 10 a.m. Runners may compete in the 10K after finishing the 5K. The horse ride is not a race, and riders must bring their own horse and tack.

Registration fees are a $10 fee per running/walking entrant and a $40 fee per horse entrant. For more information and/or to register, contact Derek Svennungsen at or 805-688-5114, or see Midland’s website at href= Individuals wishing to make a contribution but who are unable to attend the event may send donations to: Midland School, “Run for the Sun” Donations, PO Box 8, Los Olivos, CA, 93441.

Why a "Run for the Sun"? As a school dedicated to simplicity and the environment, Midland works to decrease its reliance on traditional energies. All of Midland’s students learn about the benefits of solar power, and chemistry students learn how to make solar cells, build solar arrays, and harness the energy for campus use. Midland has just received its second $10,000 grant from Beyond Petroleum, which will help install the school’s second solar array. Midland hopes to raise money to further the learning and implementation of solar energy, making Midland School even more self-reliant.

About Midland School
Founded in 1932, Midland School is a coeducational, college preparatory boarding school for grades 9-12. It is located in the Santa Ynez Valley on a 2,860-acre working ranch. The school combines rigorous academics with intensive immersion in the environment, and maintains a philosophical commitment to authentic student leadership, simplicity, self-reliance and environmental stewardship. Midland currently enrolls 80 students and employs 18 teachers, all of whom live on campus. For more information about Midland School, please see

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