The third graders at Roger Corbett Elementary School are warming up for a race.

"We are running in place," shouts one of their teachers. The race they're talking about isn't for another week and a half. 

"The Run for Education is our biggest fundraiser of the year," said Kendall Inskip with the Education Alliance of Washoe County. 

Education Alliance of Washoe County has put on the Run for Education for the last 10 years.

"Basically, it is a family and community engagement opportunity," she said. " We had 4,000 runners last year from 83 different schools." 

Run for Education raises money for schools and their physical education programs. Did you know that elementary schools don't have a budget for P.E.?  

"Balls," said Allison Fannin, Assistant Principal at Roger Corbett. "Activities. Jump ropes. Stuff they can do outside in recess during the school day."

The goal this year is $200,000.

"We have 72 kids signed up for the Run For Education from Roger Corbett," said Lizbeth Barnum, a 2nd grade teacher at the school. 

6th graders Guillermo Hernandez and Mitchell Guerrero have been racing for the last several years. 

"It's fun," said Guillermo. "It helps our school."

"I think it's a fun activity because you get to get out and do exercise," said Mitchell. "I think it's good because it helps our school."

"They have a lot of energy, but it also helps them in their learning," explained Inskip. "All the research shows that exercise helps cognitive learning and attention. 

Proceeds will go right back here to Roger Corbett Elementary School, and other schools in Washoe County. 

The 11th Annual Run For Education is Sunday, October 23 at Scheels in Sparks. Activities begin at 7:00 a.m.