Members of the community joined UC Merced students, faculty and staff and their families for the annual "UC Merced Toloma 5k Fun Run". The event is held every year in honor of Native American Heritage Month and to pay tribute to the tradition of distance running amongst indigenous tribes for communication as well as competition.
"Toloma" means "bobcat" in Miwuk, and this event raises funds to support the University's growing scholarship on native affairs as well as native students. The route spanned across much of the campus, with participants trekking beneath the "Beginnings" sculpture, along Scholars Bridge, and past the Toloma Grove Native Acknowledgement and Reflection Area. (Click photo to scroll)