According to a press release, last year’s event attracted about 3,100 participants and raised $165,000 from registration and sponsorships. In its first five years, the Run for Education has raised more than $880,000 for local schools. Organizers hope to cross the $1 million mark this year.
For the first time, the Reno Orthopaedic Clinic (ROC) will be the title sponsor and is handling the production of the event. ROC is working with other presenting sponsors, Yamana Gold, Microsoft Licensing and Walmart.
“We are proud and honored to have the opportunity to be an integral part of an event that promotes health and fitness and benefits so many of our area’s youth,” said Dr. Eric Boyden, president and orthopedic surgeon with the Reno Orthopaedic Clinic.
Proceeds from this event have supported the Kids in Motion (KIM) program and the Passport program. Kids in Motion provides grants that help schools purchase fitness equipment, fund field days, support running teams or provide formal physical education instruction.
The Passport program helps K-12 students meet educational goals identified by the Washoe County School District.
The Run for Education winds through the streets of south Reno’s Damonte Ranch area and consists of several races: a 5k run and walk, a 10k run and a half-mile fun run just for children in kindergarten through sixth grade. Cash prizes are awarded to the first, second and third place finishers in both the male and female divisions for the overall 5k and 10k run.
As part of the festivities each year, the run awards the top three participating elementary schools with cash prizes. Last year, Rita Cannan Elementary School took first place, with 165 participants, and was awarded the Run for Education Traveling Trophy and $2,000 to use towards fitness and physical education programs. The second place award of $1,500 went to Echo Loder Elementary School, which had 101 participants, and the third place winner, receiving $1,000, was Bud Beasley Elementary School with 78 participants.
Registration is required and all participants will receive a T-shirt and complimentary gift bag.
Participants and community members also can support the run on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ROCRunForEd. For more information about the event, visit www.washoerunforeducation.org or call 353-5533.