There are many ways your school can get involved in the Dinosaur Dash.


The contest is open to all Middle and High School students in the Tustin Unified School District. The winner of the contest will receive a cash prize of $250, with a matching $250 prize to the school’s art teacher/department for educational materials. In addition, the student's name will be used in next year’s Dinosaur Dash publicity.

Take a look at the rules and guidelines.  Deadline to submit to TPSF is January 27, 2017.  Good luck!

2016 dino dash logo contest

The Tustin Public Schools Foundation is pleased to announce the 2016 Dino Dash Logo Contest winner is Natalie Tran from Foothill High School.  Here's Natalie's winning design!  Congratulations, Natalie!

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Take a look back at the last 25 years of Dino Dash logos.

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NEW!  We have two costumes available for your use! 

Dino is ready to make an appearance at your school!  Just let us know when you need him.  All requests must be submitted at least 48 hours in advance and we will do our best to honor your request.  The costume can be reserved by first viewing the CALENDAR for availability and then by submitting your request. You will receive a confirmation email regarding your request.

It is your responsibility to pick up the costume from the previous user.  You can check the online calendar to see where you need to pick up the costume.  When you're finished, be sure to return the costume to your school office so he is available for pick up from the next reservation.

You can contact Kathy Ellis, Dino Dash Costume Coordinator, at if you have any questions.

Earn $6 back

Encourage sign ups for the Dinosaur Dash!  Your school will earn $6 for every online registration - that's 40% for every youth 2K registration.  Adult registrations count too!  Plus, all proceeds come back to benefit our schools through TPSF programs.  Your club/department/booster group can benefit, too!  When registering, your supporters just need to select your school and enter your group as the "Teacher."  Family, friends and neighbors (even strangers!) count.

Reports of online registrations will be sent to each rep every Tuesday and Thursday beginning September 22.

logo and newsletter adS

Schools can download the Dinosaur Dash logo and Tell All Your Friends ads to include on their school website and newsletters.


Poster contest

Poster Contest guidelines for all elementary students.

Congrats to the winners of the XXVI Dino Dash Poster Contest!

Visit these merchants to view the posters.


The Tustin Public Schools Foundation wants to ensure that the cost of the Dinosaur Dash does not prevent any student from participating.  To meet that goal, the Runnership program was developed.  A runnership is a scholarship to cover the race fees for a TUSD student that otherwise could not afford the $15 fee.  Donors contribute the $15.  TPSF distributes the runnerships to students in need.

school booths

School Booths are free and you must sign up by October 20th.  This information will be helpful to the success of your booth.

If you plan on selling a non-entree/snack food item, these separate forms must be competed and returned to by October 15th - NO EXCEPTIONS.

teacher rep

Teacher Reps have all of the details for each school to be successful with the Dinosaur Dash.

Reports of online registrations will be sent to each rep every Tuesday and Thursday beginning September 20.

View these guidelines on how to access your Dinosaur Dash funds from TUSD.