Team UC in the 2017 British 10K


On Sunday 9 July, Team UC ran the Virgin Sports Britsih 10K Charity race in London, England. 

Twenty-eight runners from seven campuses (Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Diego and Santa Barara) made up the 2017 team.

The first University of California team to participate in the British 10K was in 2007. That team ran in memory of alumnus Allan Buch, with all proceeds going towards a Memorial Scholarship Fund in Allan's name. One decade on, the seventh team of University of California alumni took to the streets of London, this time to fundraise for University of California Education Abroad Program (UCEAP) scholarships. 

UCEAP scholarships are designed to help students afford international education and experience life across the pond. Through a combination of personal fundraising, a delicious bake-sale (aptly named the Great California Cake-Off), and a raffle prize draw at the UC Summer Barbecue, the 2017 team smashed their fundraising target - raising over £4780 (just over $6300)!

UCEAP students who are studying in the United Kingdom for the summer period are invited to run the race alongside alumni. With a race route that circles historic and iconic landmarks (such as Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Trafalgar Square), the British 10K serves as an excellent introduction to the city.  


The day of the race is full of excitment, smiles and stretching. As runners cross the finish line, they are greeted by cheers from supporters, as well as a rewarding and refreshing beer. There is an overwhelming sense of positive achievement - from having trained for several months and for making study abroad a possibility for future generations of UC students.

Team UC's participation in the British 10K is facilitated by the UC Trust (UK), a registered British charity that supports alumni engagement and philanthropic giving.

By Violet Del Toro

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