An El Camino College coach and former alumni was honored with a one-of-a-kind award at a July 4th 5K run.

For the first time at the annual Village Runner 4th of July 5K, El Camino College track and field coach Dean Lofgren received the mentor/coaching award at the 23rd Annual Village Runner 4th of July 5K in Redondo Beach.

Lofgren was recognized for inspiring and coaching numerous outstanding runners during his 26-year career at El Camino College. Lofgren has been awarded six California Community College Coach of the Year awards.

The El Camino College track and field and cross country programs’ tradition of excellence includes five state cross country titles, five state track and field titles, 88 individual event and relay state titles, and six national community college records, among other accolades.