After a record 3,899 runners participated in the 2012 run, Education Alliance Executive Director Denise Hedrick said she expects a repeat of last year with even more runners and accompanying families. Hedrick said adding a race director, who is plugged in with the running community will enhance the race and bring out more participants.
“Gary Glogovac will be our race director and we didn’t officially have one of those last year,” Hedrick said Tuesday. “He is a long-time runner and he is very connected with the running community. He has also been an educator in Washoe County for many years, so he has a double investment in the Run for Education.”
Glogovac will manage both 5K and 10K races from Legends and design them around the other events taking place during the Run for Education. Glogovac said the chance to work with the Education Alliance gives him great pride.
“I am excited to be an integral part of this successful event,” Glogovac said. “Supporting education by providing an organized running event and post-run Expo is a privilege for me.”
This year’s race will also feature a Chamber Challenge where departments of individual companies can compete against one another in the running events. Hedrick said the running events are not the only attraction in the Run for Education, which has adopted the ‘Come for the Run – Stay for the Fun’ attitude for the entire day, which offers kids activities through various sponsors and vendors.
“When we first started (the Run for Education) was about child obesity and child academics and wanting to expose kids to the fun of running and other kinds of healthy engaging activities,” Hedrick said. “A number of our families and children are suffering from underexposure to those activities and don't get out of their neighborhoods. This is an opportunity to see what it's like to play golf and pan for gold and see what firefighters in our community do. It lets them see it all and it gives a positive way of introducing it to them for the future and for a better understanding of what our state is all about.”
The 2012 event raised more than $106,450 for the Washoe County School District, bringing the seven-year total to $1.12 million donated to the District for physical and academic fitness. All proceeds from sponsorship and registration support WCSD students through the Kids in Motion (KIM) grants and the Passport Program.
KIM grants will be awarded to WCSD elementary schools with 20 or more students participating at the event. Funds may be used for physical fitness and academics programs at the school. The remainder of the proceeds will support the Passport Program, which provides assistance for low-income secondary students who need support to graduate career and college ready.
The Run for Education will award cash prizes to the top male and female runners in the 5K Run and 10K Run. All runners and walkers will receive an event T-shirt, and students will also be awarded a participation medal. WCSD Nutrition Services, Aramark, and Bonanza Produce will provide post-run refreshments. The Expo area is open to all participants and families.
Hedrick said the Run for Education website, www.washoerunforeducation.org, is undergoing construction for the 2013 event and will be posting more information in July. She said anyone interested in sponsoring the event or being part of the Expo following the race should contact the Education Alliance at 353-5533 or www.ed-alliance.org.