From the Washoe County School District:
The 2013 Run for Education attracted 3,222 runners and raised more than $160,000 to benefit schools in the Washoe County School District (WCSD). The run was held on Nov. 3 at Legends at Sparks Marina, and some 6,000 people attended the daylong event. Through sponsorships, registrations, and in-kind donations, the event raised more than $160,000 for WCSD schools and students.
The Run for Education included a 10K run, 5K run, 5K walk, and a half-mile Fun Run. The top male and female runners were awarded cash prizes. WCSD elementary schools with at least 20 student participants will receive a Kids in Motion (KIM) grant. In this year's event, 40 elementary schools qualified for the KIM grant. A portion of the proceeds also was awarded to the Passport Program which assists students in need of help to offset the costs of tutoring, testing, summer school, and other educational needs to move them towards graduation.
The top three elementary schools with the highest number of participants received additional award money. Rita Cannan Elementary School received $2,000 for first place (294 students); Van Gorder Elementary School received $1,500 for second place (105 students); and Mathews Elementary School received $1,000 for third place (101 students).
After the races, students and families enjoyed the expo area that included a bike rodeo, climbing wall, bounce houses, a fire engine, golf, gold panning, basketball, soccer, face painting, baseball, eye exams, rodeo activities, bean bag toss, bubble making, truck demo, and refreshments. All participating students received a t-shirt and medal.
Sponsors for this year's event included: Yamana Gold, Washoe Education Association, Atlantis, Scheels, Legends at Sparks Marina, Aramark, Bonanza Produce, Umpqua Bank, Kalicki Law Offices, RGJ Foundation, Renown Health, RBC Wealth Management, First Independent Bank, and Frank Lepori Construction.
The Education Alliance would like to thank Superintendent Pedro Martinez, WCSD Wellness, WCSD JROTC, WCSD School Police, and the Education Alliance Board of Directors for their support.