For its 13th year in a row, the Education Alliance of Washoe County is getting ready to host the annual Run for Education event to be held at The Outlets at Legends this Sunday.
The event kicks off in front of Scheels with opening ceremony events (City of Sparks Mayor Geno Martini will be in attendance) and then the long distance 10k runners take off at 8 a.m. followed by the 5k run at 8:15 and the Sparks Marina March at 8:30. At around 9 a.m., awards will be given to the top 5k and 10k finishers and then watch the kiddos in grades K-12 take off for the half-mile fun run. All participants under the age of 18 will get a medal.
A fitness fair will also be going on the duration of the event from 7:15 to 11 a.m. with games and activities featuring games and activities including a climbing wall, bike rodeo, archery, soccer, gymnastics, and more.
Since its inception, the Run for Education has grown to more than 4,000 participants and around 8,700 attendees. One hundred percent of the proceeds received from the event go towards the Kids in Motion program, supporting local physical education programs and Washoe County School District student nutrition and wellness programs.
In 2017, the Run for Education attracted more than 400 volunteers and 600 teachers, but the majority of the participants are students in grades K-12.
“This is its 13th year and it’s grown tremendously,” says Education Alliance of Washoe County Executive Director Kendall Inskip. “We’ve been welcomed with open arms in Sparks and Scheels has been an amazing international supporter for our cause,” she adds.
Inskip is hoping for a strong turnout like last year and encourages everyone to come out.
“We’re hoping to see families, businesses, students, teachers, and executives in the community coming together (through the Run for Education event). Businesses have an invested interest in this event as these students are their future employees. And we want to show students what opportunities are right here in Reno-Sparks,” Inskip says.
Every year the Run for Education strives to raise up to $200,000 to go back into local physical education programs.
For more information about the 2018 Run for Education or to sign up for the event, visit https://ed-alliance.org.