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October 4, 2011 > Run 4 Education time is here!

Run 4 Education time is here!

By Chinmai K. Raman
Photos By Courtesy of Debra Watanuki

Get ready to run for a great local cause! "The 7th Annual Run 4 Education" will take place the morning of Sunday, October 9 at Lake Elizabeth in Fremont's Central Park.

With choices ranging from a 5k walk/run and 10k run open to all ages, to a 1/4 and 1/2 mile kids' runs, the "FUNdraiser" promises to have something for everyone. This community day of fitness supports a great local cause, while raising money for the Fremont Education Foundation's Guy Emanuele Sports Fund. All participants receive an official event t-shirt, refreshments, awards, a drawing ticket for great prizes and goodies from sponsors. Awards will be given for overall male and female, and first, second and third places by age division, for both males and females.

To add to the festivities and fun, a free Family Fitness Expo will make it easy to pick up useful tips on healthy lifestyles. There will also be a Kids Corral - a supervised enclosed area with activities for kids while you participate in the 5K or 10K.

For the second year in a row, there is an Elementary School Challenge. The Fremont Unified elementary school that has the most participants in all the runs combined, (including parents, brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts, anyone and everyone who writes the school name on their registration form), wins big prizes for the school and bragging rights for the entire year!

This event was created in 2005 by a former teacher, Liz Elliott, who grew up in Fremont and wanted to do something to encourage fitness as well as to help out the schools. Elliott was directed to the Fremont Educational Foundation and the Guy Emanuele Sports Fund (GESF) which provides help for in-need students.

Specifically, the Fund provides scholarships to high school students in FUSD who wish to participate in after-school sports or cheerleading, but cannot afford to without financial help. The Foundation was inspired by Guy Emanuele's mission to help support the schools and make sure that no student is kept from participating in after- school sports for financial reasons. With this assistance, all students have equal opportunities to participate in sports activities.

And again this year, based on the generous donations from the Run 4 Education, the Fremont Education Foundation will fund elementary school-sponsored basketball leagues for both boys and girls at all elementary schools in the Fremont Unified School District.

This year's event is being managed and administered by Grace Wong of the Learning Bee. The Learning Bee has been a sponsor of this important event for many years and Grace has been working tirelessly to make this annual event a grand success.

Even if you cannot attend, consider making a tax deductible donation. Please make all checks payable to: Fremont Education Foundation.

Special thanks go to Learning Bee Learning Center and Fremont Bank Foundation for their continued contributions and sponsorship over the years.

For more information or to register, visit www.fremontrun4education.com.

7th Annual Run 4 Education
Sunday, October 9
Race Day Check in and Packet Pick Up: 7:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Events begin at 9 a.m.
5K Run/Walk - all ages - 9 a.m.
10K Run - all ages - 9 a.m.
1/4 Mile Tiny Trot - ages 4-6 years - 10:30 a.m.
1/2 Mile Tiny Trot - ages 7-10 years - 10:45 a.m.
Lake Elizabeth at Central Park, Fremont
Register at: www.fremontrun4education.com

Fees: 5K Run / Walk & 10K Run: $30
1/4 and 1/2 Mile Kids' Runs: $20

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