Race on May 10, 2014 Register now

Event Information

We are excited to present the Third Annual Glowing Smiles 5K Run/Walk and Kids Dash, which will be held on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at Orchid Heights Park. Adults and children of all ages, from Middleton and the State of Wisconsin, will join together in memory of Lina Vergara and to support the Lina Vergara Memorial Scholarship Fundraiser.

Race Day

Be on time, so you don't miss all the fun!

Starting at 9:00 AM, we will have awesome activities, including a raffle for the race participants, important announcements, refreshments, warm up exercises, face painting, balloon animals and the Kids Dash. Make sure you leave home early, so you can enjoy this day with your family and friends!


  • 9:15 AM – Kids Dash
  • 10:00 AM – 5k Run/Walk

Special Hotel Rate for our Participants

For those who live in another city and are traveling to Middleton for our race, you can use the special “friends and family rate” of $59.00 per night to stay at the Fairfield Inn and Suites (standard room) or $69.00 at the Residence Inn (studio suite), both located in Middleton.


  • $25 per person
  • $30 per person after March 15th
  • $35 per person after April 15th
  • Kids Dash is free!
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While the primary focus of the race is to bring people together, it is also an opportunity to give back. As an important member of the local business community we are looking to you for your support. Please join us by making a monetary contribution or a gift donation to the Glowing Smiles 5K Run/Walk.

You have the opportunity to truly make a difference, while bringing awareness to your business. Your monetary donation will support the race and the Lina Vergara Memorial Scholarship a community event with more than 350 participants. Gift certificates and merchandise received are used as incentives to the top participants and in return will bring people to your business.

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  • 2014 Female winners (left to right): Debra Vaughan, (name unavailable), and Melissa Landsee
  • 2014 Male winners (left to right): Danny Chavez, Tony Falk, and Aaron Schut

The Glowing Smiles 5k run / walk and kids fun dash is a fundraiser for the Lina Vergara Memorial Scholarship at UW-Oshkosh. Lina had a passion for teaching and caring for everyone’s needs. The scholarship will benefit elementary education students who share Lina’s desire to teach and assist others, especially those students at UW-Oshkosh that are adjusting to campus life or are struggling emotionally with the challenges they often face in college. Please register today and check back for event updates. We're also on Facebook.

We want to thank previous participants and sponsors from the bottom of our hearts for your tremendous support. Your contribution has not only been a tribute to our daugther and sister Lina Vergara, but will also benefit elementary education students who share Lina’s desire to teach and assist others, especially those students at UW-Oshkosh.

Thanks to your generous donation, we were able to award the 2014 Lina Vergara Memorial Endowment Scholarship to Melissa Koenig and 2014 Lina Vergara Middleton High School Memorial Scholarship to Sarah Pongratz!

Lina's Story

Lina was only 20 years old when an accident took her life while she was rafting on the Wolf River. She loved life and nature, and she had a special passion for children. Lina wanted to become a third grade teacher, so after she graduated from Middleton High School, she enrolled at UW-Oshkosh and was about to start her junior year. Once she graduated, her goal was to teach kids and encourage them to build a better world. Please follow the link below to find out more about the three actions Lina's family decided to take after her sudden departure.

Lina Vergara.com