Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Orange County is a non-profit organization serving our county’s most severely abused, abandoned and neglected children through the recruitment, training, and supervision of community volunteers who advocate for their best interests.

CASA provides a powerful voice and a meaningful connection for children who have experienced abuse, neglect and abandonment.


ALL runners will have access to their own customizable fundraising page and a free registration if they fulfill the fundraising requirements. Runners will also receive a training plan specific to their chosen race distance and their athletic abilities. Training plans will be administered via excel format and will be tailored as such: Beginner, Moderate, and Advanced. In addition, each runner will receive a race day running singlet with team logo, and swag bag filled with running goodies!!

Marathon & Half Marathon runners will receive a 20 week run training plan to start Monday, December 16th.

5K runners will receive an 8 week run training plan to start on Monday, March 2nd.

Michelle Fisher will be the run coach for the 2020 OC Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K Team CASA. Coach Michelle will be available via e-mail to address any concerns or questions throughout the training period, up until race day. As part of training, Coach Michelle will host weekly long runs on Saturday mornings in Newport Beach at the Eastbluff entrance of the Mountain to the Sea Trail & Bikeway. Saturday morning long runs will begin with a coach chat covering a specific run topic relevant to training, racing or nutrition/fueling. The official 2020 Team CASA kick-off meeting will be held the first week of December (location & time TBD). Lastly, on race day, All runners will meet as a Team prior to the race start for pre race pep talk and to address any last minute questions/concerns and all runners will meet at the finish line to celebrate as a Team with CASA staff and volunteers.

For any further assistance on non-training related inquiries please reach out to our Team Captain, Diego Zarate at dzarate@casaoc.org. Diego Zarate will also be available to assist with online fundraising set-up.

For more information on Michelle and our program visit our website HERE

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Run for Free Minimums

5K - $250

Half Marathon - $500

Full Marathon - $500

Half Combo Crush - $750

Full Combo Crush - $750