Glowing Smiles5k Run/Walk and Kids Dash

May 13, 2017

Orchid Heights Park
Middleton, Wisconsin

In Support for:

Lina Vergara Memorial Scholarship Fundraiser

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Event Information

We are excited to present the Fifth Annual Glowing Smiles 5K Run/Walk and Kids Dash, which will be held on Saturday, May 13, 2017 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.


5K Run/Walk Kids Dash
Early entry $25 Free!
After March 15th $30 Free!
After April 15th $35 Free!
  $7 for kids 15 and under with parent registration  
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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.

Become a sponsor


Hy Cyte Employees
North Central Group
Levy Giving Fund
Dolce Vita
Ryan Wieseler Design
K Custom Printing
State Farm Agency

Jon Fernández, Agent

Sprecher's Pub - Middleton


University of Wisconsin Health and Unity
Zumba with Trish Marks

with Trish Marks

Culver's Middleton



Wisconsin Financial
Capitol Lakes Property Services
Fleet Feet

Madison West / Middleton


Courtyard West

Madison / Middleton

Hilton Garden Inn West

Madison West / Middleton / Oconomowoc

Homewood Suites

Madison West

Hampton Inn and Suites West

Madison West

Residence Inn West

Madison West / Middleton

Fairfield Inn and Suites East

Madison West / Middleton

Great Dane-Hilldale


Brennan's Market - Middleton
Plastic Ingenuity


The Glowing Smiles 5k run / walk and kids fun dash is a fundraiser for the Lina Vergara Memorial Scholarship. Lina had a passion for teaching and caring for everyone’s needs. The scholarship will benefit elementary education students at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, who share Lina’s desire to teach and assist others.

In addition, the Lina Vergara Memorial Scholarship is also available for students at the Middleton High School, who are planning to attend a 4-year institution in pursuit of a degree in education.

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 daughter and sister Lina, but will also benefit future teachers.

Thanks to your generous donation, we were able to award the 2016 Lina Vergara Memorial Endowment Scholarship to UW Oshkosh students Madeline Knoblock and Hannah Schmidtfraz, and 2016 Lina Vergara Memorial Scholarship to Elizabeth Murphy from Middleton High School!

Thank you to all of the supporters

2016 Winners

2016 Female winners from left to right: Coni Vergara Duhr, Sarah Booth (2nd place), Sandra Sandoval (1st place), Amber Hahn (3rd place, not pictured) and Juan Vergara.
From left to right: Coni Vergara Duhr, Sarah Booth (2nd place), Sandra Sandoval (1st place) and Juan Vergara.
2016 Male winners from left to right: Coni Vergara Duhr, Juan Carlos Espinoza (3rd place), Hugo Moreno (1st place), Eliseo Santiago (2rd place) and Juan Vergara.
From left to right: Coni Vergara Duhr, Juan Carlos Espinoza (3rd place), Hugo Moreno (1st place), Eliseo Santiago (2rd place) and Juan Vergara.

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.