NEWFANE -- "The trail is beautiful," said Kim Colligan as she stood at the back entrance of NewBrook Elementary while students from the school’s running club did stretches with faculty. "We start at the school, head down River Road, then come back through the school’s trails, and end up on the soccer field."
Colligan is a club instructor along with three others, and on Thursday the team met to take some of their last paces around the school’s trail system before the 5th Annual 5K Fit & Fun Race, which takes place on Saturday starting at 10 a.m.
The race will take place near the school, located on Route 30, and is sponsored by the NewBrook’s (PTO) Parent-Teachers Organization. The event is open to runners and walkers alike.
It is the PTO’s major fundraiser, where monies are collected for important school enrichment programs, which includes field trips, guest speakers, and the purchase of new educational materials.
The club trains in the fall and spring, said Colligan. The group is also led by David Redden, a Stratton Mtn. snowboard instructor, his wife Ariel Redden, and Walter Phelps, a community member.
But this isn’t a typical fundraiser, said Colligan.
"We’re trying to get away from fundraisers that involve consumerism," she said.
So no, visitors to the event won’t find any cheap marked-up items that came in a big box imported from China for sale here. Colligan said she and her colleagues would like to see more direct participation from people, and they’d like to witness a larger community involvement, instead of just having them buying something.
"We’re trying to move toward more family-friendly events; getting families together, getting outside and exercising. You know, a healthy lifestyle," said Colligan.
"The PTO loves putting on this race each year and is grateful for all the support and funds the event draws, as it is what makes our enrichment programs possible," said Sandy Stark, PTO president. "We appreciate all the participants who come out and support our school."
All race competitors will receive a free water bottle and medal for all kids, ceramic mugs for adults, complimentary post-race massages, and healthy refreshments. Well, except for maybe the ice cream that will be served at the finish.
Prizes will be awarded to the top finisher in each adult category (17-39, 40-55, and over 56), as well as the top finisher in each child category (under 7, 8-12, and 13-16). All registered runners will also be included in a raffle for additional prizes.
Children ages 5 and under can show their stuff in a 1Ž2 mile Kids Fun Run starting at 9:45 a.m. Registration, which receives a $5 discount, can be completed visiting the NewBrook Elementary School’s website: newbrookschool.org and clicking on the Race Registration link.
Fee for children 16 and under is $5; individuals 17 and older is $15, and a family registration is $20. Racers can also register the day of the race between 8:30 and 9:30 a.m. ($5/$20/$25 respectively).
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