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In 2013, about 500 runners took part, many wearing outfits adorned with Soto’s favorite animal, the pink flamingo. Last year’s race had more than 4,000 runners and walkers and a similar number is expected on Saturday.
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With the proceeds, the Soto family has given out more than $90,000 in scholarships.
The Sotos also have established a literacy campaign at the local library that involves such things as after-school tutoring, and the creation of mentor-based learning programs.