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The San Marcos Promise Pennies for the Promise

The San Marcos Promise (TSMP) is a non-profit education foundation supporting the over 21,000 students in SMUSD. TSMP builds dreams, pathways and prosperity, guiding and supporting students on their journeys to post-secondary education and into the workforce. But to truly affect change, we can’t operate in silos. So we are the bridge connecting education, business & industry, and community leaders to impact student futures. And I’m writing today to impress upon you the value, support, and purpose TSMP brings to our District.

We are a small but mighty team of 3. We have a Board of Directors made up of 11 extremely dedicated professionals and leaders in our community who help guide us forward.

I spent the first 20 years of my career as a school counselor, 14 of those years at San Marcos High School. So I am acutely aware of the difficulty and challenges faced everyday in raising and nurturing these young humans in our school system. It is monumental to say the least, and I think we’d all agree that these needs can’t be met by the schools and the district alone. So it is our Foundation’s critical aim to directly impact students and their futures, support teachers in their classrooms, and to help the District with these needs.

According to the research conducted by the North County Economic Development Council, any planning around education and the world of work should consider three key components:

  1. Continue to teach students how to learn- One of the most important elements of education today is not necessarily teaching students what they will be doing in their career five or ten years from now but teaching them how to learn both for technical and nontechnical skills in the future.
  2. Expose students to emerging industries, technologies, and career pathways- The fear that jobs are going to completely go away or diminish considerably is largely unfounded, but job requirements will change- students need to be exposed to the driving forces of some of these changes before entering the workforce.
  3. Provide students options for careers that connect their passions and abilities with opportunities in the marketplace- The world of work, with its changes and volatility, can be a scary and uncertain place. Helping students connect their interests and abilities with different career options should be an important part of what today’s education provides.

Click here to read the 2019 North County Indicators informative report generated by the North County Economic Development Council.

To help empower our students to navigate their future paths forward, we provide programs, resources and help create opportunities for students to learn about their strengths and interests and explore the many career and educational options that exist in their futures.
255 Pico Avenue Suite 103 San Marcos, CA 92069

Telephone (760) 290-2890


Saturday, Sept. 29TH 2018 3rd Annual San Marcos Double Peak Challenge running event

Do you have what it takes to ‘Reach the Peak?’

Experience the pinnacle of North County racing by conquering the area’s highest vista on Sept. 29 at the Double Peak Challenge

SAN MARCOS, CA – More than 700 people are expected to lace-up on Saturday, Sept. 29, for the third annual San Marcos Double Peak Challenge, a running event featuring a 10k, 5k and kids trail trot courses that wind through some of San Marcos’ most picturesque locations.

North County’s most challenging race will feature a 10K timed race, a 5K untimed event, and free kids trail trot starting from San Elijo Hills Park, 1105 Elfin Forest Road.

“Double Peak Challenge is a running event like no other in our area,” said Friends of San Marcos Parks and Recreation Board Member Nick Buck. “The event is a celebration of outdoor recreation where participants get to experience unparalleled beauty atop some of North County’s highest and most scenic points. Both the 10K and 5K courses offer a challenge—a proud accomplishment for every racer.”

With festivities kicking off at 7 am, runners can participate in a pre-race cardio stretch and warm-up.

Runners participating in the 10K Double Peak Challenge will set out at 7:30 am to begin a nearly 1,200-foot elevation gain up to Double Peak’s summit while winding along rugged hillside trails with sweeping views of North County.

While the 10K race will be a tough, timed event that will challenge even the most experienced runners, Double Peak Challenge will also offer a shorter 5K untimed course at 8 am and the kids trail trot at 9:30 am. All registered 10K and 5K participants will receive a commemorative Double Peak Challenge completion medal and awards will be given to the top 10K race finishers in each age category.

The event concludes with an expo and beer garden that will be located on the lower softball fields at San Elijo Park. 10K race participants over 21 years of age (identification required) will receive a complimentary beverage. Additional drinks can be purchased for $5 each.

Race proceeds will benefit the Friends of San Marcos Parks & Recreation, which supports events, programs, parks and facilities for the community, and The San Marcos Promise, a scholarship and career guidance program for students in the local school district.

“The funding generated from this collaborative event plays an integral role in perpetuating critical programs that allow students in our community to pursue a rewarding career and set a course for a prosperous future,” said Herbie Smith, Board Member of the San Marcos Promise.

The City’s Parks and Recreation Director Buck Martin echoed Smith noting that Double Peak Challenge is a fun, healthy and helpful way to support the community. Martin emphasized that “an added incentive is the beautiful, well-earned view from the top of Double Peak that simply cannot be beat.”

Register online at or in-person on race day at 6:30 am. The race website also provides information about corporate sponsorships that are available along with additional race-day details.