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THANK YOU for your participation in our 2018 event — we are so humbled by the outpouring of love and generosity. With your support, we were able to raise more than $80,000 for the Ventura County Community Foundation.

We are so excited to announce we will be hosting this event for the second year on December 15, 2019. We are so grateful for your participation and support!

5K RUN/WALK FOR THE VENTURA COUNTY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

Thousand oaks community park

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15

We Are 805 Strong

The 805 Strong 5K was created to bring together Thousand Oaks residents and support those who need it most following the recent tragic events in our community. Proceeds from the 2019 event will benefit the Ventura County Community Foundation’s Hill Fire/Woolsey Fire Sudden and Urgent Needs Effort Fund.  

A MIGHTY WIND BLEW NIGHT AND DAY
IT STOLE THE OAK TREE'S LEAVES AWAY
THEN SNAPPED ITS BOUGHS AND PULLED ITS BARK
UNTIL THE OAK WAS TIRED AND STARK

BUT STILL THE OAK TREE HELD ITS GROUND
WHILE OTHER TREES FELL ALL AROUND
THE WEARY WIND GAVE UP AND SPOKE.
HOW CAN YOU STILL BE STANDING OAK?

THE OAK TREE SAID, I KNOW THAT YOU
CAN BREAK EACH BRANCH OF MINE IN TWO
CARRY EVERY LEAF AWAY
SHAKE MY LIMBS, AND MAKE ME SWAY

BUT I HAVE ROOTS STRETCHED IN THE EARTH
GROWING STRONGER SINCE MY BIRTH
YOU'LL NEVER TOUCH THEM, FOR YOU SEE
THEY ARE THE DEEPEST PART OF ME

UNTIL TODAY, I WASN'T SURE
OF JUST HOW MUCH I COULD ENDURE
BUT NOW I'VE FOUND, WITH THANKS TO YOU
I'M STRONGER THAN I EVER KNEW

- Johnny Ray Ryder Jr