The Wildflower Run is a 501(c)3 non-profit event, run by volunteers
and organized by the Morgan Hill branch of AAUW (American Association of University Women).
All proceeds fund scholarships, leadership programs for women and girls, community grants,
and other programming supporting equity for women and girls.
The first Wildflower Run was held Saturday, March 17, 1984. The Morgan Hill branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) was looking for a fundraising event that would involve both AAUW members and the community, and runs were just beginning to catch on in popularity. The first Run was for women and girls only, with an impressive 217 participants.
Over the past 40 years, while still run by volunteers (all AAUW Morgan Hill members are expected to participate in some way), the Run has grown in size, visibility, organization, and fundraising effectiveness. While the Wildflower Run has had over 1200 participants,
we now cap the number of participants at 1200. (Our 40th anniversary event reached capacity before race day.)
in order to maintain our friendly, small town event feeling and to provide the most enjoyable experience for all. Meanwhile–through a combination of Run registrations, corporate sponsorships, and individual donations–
we raise over $50,000 annually in support of education and equity for women and girls.
Community support is part of what makes the Wildflower Run special. In addition to generous business sponsorship, the community volunteers: all AAUW members support the event, community leaders staff the parking lot, Boy Scouts help with race day setup, Girl Scouts cheer runners on, high school club members and AAUW scholarship recipients volunteer.
The Wildflower Run is truly “a Morgan Hill tradition.”