All students in the Washoe County School district were encouraged to come out and participate in event where there were prizes and activities to do once the run was completed.
“The turnout was amazing,” said Denise Hedrick, the executive director of Education Alliance. “There were 3,200 runners, which was great and the weather was better than expected.”
This year the event featured a new race director, Gary Glogovac and the runners had a great response to the new director.
“The course was better this year. Everyone seemed to love Gary and everything seemed a lot more organized,” Hedrick said.
This event wouldn’t be as great if it weren’t for the sponsors who came out to support it. The sponsors included Scheels, the Legends staff, The RGJ, TMCC, UNR, Renown Childrens Hospital, Atlantis Casino Resort and Spa, Bonanza Produce, Yamana Gold, Washoe Education Association and many more.
Prizes were given out to the first-, second-, and third-place winners from each of the three race divisions and one male and one female were chosen from each as well. Prizes were also given out for the high school and middle school with the most participants as well as the top three represented elementary schools.
The first place winner received $500, second place received $250, and third place received $150.
After the event, there were face-painting booths. The Sparks Fire Department brought an antique fire truck that was put on display. Raffles were held. The Reno Aces set up a pitching booth and Nevada Minining Association set up a booth where kids could pan for gold.
“Everything was really well organized. My kids had a blast,” said Shelley Smith, a resident of the Sparks community.
The event’s turnout was a bit smaller than a year ago and the total proceeds raised are still being calculated, according to Hedrick.
“We’re still working on the final numbers. we should have all of that released by the end of the week,” Hedrick said.