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Ride, Run and Walk to Benefit Vela Endowment at UTB

 
BROWNVSILLE, TEXAS - OCTOBER 15, 2013 -Runners and bicyclists are invited to take part in the Laguna Loop Bike Tour and 5K run walk/run which benefits the Blanca and Filemón Vela Endowment scholarship at The University of Texas at Brownsville.
 
The event will take place Saturday, Oct .19 at the Brownsville Event Center located off of Paredes Line Road. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.with the race set to begin at 8 a.m. There will be three options for runners and bicyclists from the 60 mile bike tour, a bike ride of 15 miles and a 5K walk/run.
 
Students Alexandra Rodriguez and Maria Graciela Cano, center, stand with Dr. Juliet V. Garcia and the Vela family at the event to announce the creation of the scholarship endowment.Students Alexandra Rodriguez and Maria Graciela Cano, center, stand with Dr. Juliet V. Garcia and the Vela family at the event to announce the creation of the scholarship endowment.
“The ride/run/walk really caught on, drawing in a younger, family crowd, and we are keeping the entry fee reasonable; the whole idea is to raise awareness and promote education through scholarships,” said son Filemon Jr., who along with Rafael and sister Sylvia organize the annual event with a cadre of volunteers consisting of family and friends.
 
Registration is $15 for 16 and under and $25 for 17 and older. Click here to register. All participants will be entered in a raffle to win a red Specialized Rockhopper, mountain bike.
 
Judge Filemon B. Vela died at the age of 68 in April 2004. With his wife, Blanca Sanchez Vela, married to Filemon for 44 years, the couple staunchly supported their family, their community and their church.
 
In June, the family created an endowment with a gift of $50,000 for students pursuing a liberal arts degree. Additionally, the family gave $10,000 to the Bill Archer Fellowship program to sponsor two UTB students as Archer Fellows in Washington, D.C.
 
“We knew the most fitting way to remember our father and honor our mother would be through scholarships for deserving students,” said Rafael Vela.
 
The family began to raise funds with a golf tournament in 2005 that ran for four years. The golf tournament morphed into a bike ride that has further evolved into the popular 60 mile “Laguna Loop”.
 
For more information, contact Irma Peña at irmaimeldasp@gmail.com or Angie Gonzalez at angie.gonzalez@utb.edu.
 

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