Del Mar Times / Solana Beach Sun   August 18, 2014

At least 20 restaurants are expected to join the third annual Super Tasty 5K, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 6 in Solana Beach. Once again, the event is a fundraiser for Promises2Kids, a San Diego nonprofit working for the benefit of children in foster care.

Nichole Peterson, executive Director of the Solana Beach Chamber of Commerce, helps plan the event with organizers of the Giro di San Diego Gran Fondo, a two-day celebration of cycling, held on Sept. 6 and 7 at Fletcher Cove in Solana Beach. Participating restaurants include Carruth Cellars, Crush, Juicer’s, The Curious Fork, Wild Note Café, and others.

“We’re always trying to help bring business to Solana Beach,” she explains. “Through the Super Tasty 5K, we get to showcase the unique restaurants here by providing a sampling of what each has to offer.”

Giro organizer Carrie Panek, looking to enhance the fun of the “world’s toughest gourmet walk,” conducts a raffle for all participants and awards prizes to individuals and teams in two categories. “It’s a non-competitive 5K, but we like to keep it interesting,” says Panek. “There are awards for the top fundraising team, best individual costume, and best team theme costume.

“Fundraising is important to us, so we encourage people to register today, form a fundraising team, and start soliciting donations.”

The Giro di San Diego Gran Fondo San Diego is a two-day event celebrating cycling, food and San Diego’s North Coast. It features three mass-start road cycling routes, two mountain bike routes, a two-day Bike & Fitness Expo, and the Solana Beach Super Tasty 5K Restaurant Walk. For information or to register, visit

Promises2Kids, founded in 1981 and formerly known as the Child Abuse PreventionFoundation, assists approximately 5,000 foster children per year through a range of programs including The Polinsky Center, Camp Connect, Guardian Scholars, and Foster Funds.

Tonya Torosian, chief executive officer of Promises2Kids, applauds the efforts of Panek and the Solana Beach Chamber of Commerce, saying, “There are over 3,000 children in foster care in our county. I am thrilled to partner again with the Super Tasty 5K to raise awareness and support for them.”

The Giro di San Diego Gran Fondo will donate $5 of every registration, along with100 percent of all online donations and additional funds raised by participants, to Promises2Kids.

Until Aug. 23, 2014, registration for the Super Tasty 5K is $35 for adults and $20 for kids. Family packages are available for $90 and group registration is $35 per member. Included in registration are: an event T-shirt, food passport, and samples from each participating restaurant.

Find information and a link to registration for the Super Tasty 5K and other Giro di San Diego events at For more about Promises2Kids, visit