The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Public School Foundation, along with Fleet Feet Sports, sponsored the 5K for Education race on Saturday, March 19 with 800 registered runners participating. This event brings attention to the local schools and supports the health and wellness of teachers and students. The race was preceded by a six-week training session for teachers and staff. More than 250 teachers ran the race on Saturday with 300+ CHCCS students and families running by their sides.
The day began with a warm-up featuring school mascots to get the crowd ready to run. Awards were given for the top winners in their age groups. Brendon Howell, a teacher at Smith Middle School, was the top overall finisher with a time of 17:03!
5K for Education chairperson, Christine Cotton, reported that this was a record for participation with a 50 percent increase in registrations over any of the previous five years.
"We hope to bring the message to all the CHCCS teachers and staff to come together, train together and set the goal to walk or run a 5K. This was a first-time race for more than 60 people," said Cotton. "Fleet Feet Sports was wonderful to offer trainings at reduced rates for all teachers and staff. It was so great to see teams from each school training and competing together. The school spirit was everywhere on Saturday."
The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Public School Foundation (PSF) supports programs for teachers and students in CHCCS through fundraising efforts and grant awards. To help or donate, visit their website at www.publicschoolfoundation.org.