It’s almost time to put away the snow boots and pull out your running and walking shoes! The 2ndAnnual Fishcreek Raccoon Run will be held on Sunday, April 28 and will consist of a 5K and 1-mile Fun Run centered around the neighborhoods of Fishcreek Elementary School. While promoting the health and wellness of their students and the community as a whole, the Fishcreek PTA, who is organizing this event, will be using this fundraiser to support programs such as the Reading Club, family connectivity in the school, as well as improved safety and security within the school.
“Last year, we took a risk by thinking outside of the box with a fundraiser like this, but it paid off tremendously, not only for our school, but for the entire community of Stow. We look forward to the additional offerings we have this year, which include the 1-mile Fun Run, a Pasta “Carb Loading” Dinner, and a Pancake Breakfast on the morning of the race,” said Fishcreek PTA President, Jennifer Taylor.
The Pasta Dinner mentioned is a fundraising event of Stow’s Highland Elementary and the Pancake Breakfast, which will be held at the race on the morning of, is a fundraiser of Kimpton Intermediate School. “To our committee, this isn’t just about fundraising. We want our event to be as awesome as possible, so we needed to enlist the help of some of the other PTA groups within the district to help with additional race related events. It’s all reciprocal. They promote our race and we promote their fundraisers that support the race, as well,” said Taylor.
Last year’s inaugural race had over 600 registrants, and with the addition of the 1-Mile Fun Run this year, the organizers expect 800-1,000 participants, many who will come from all over Northeast Ohio to compete. This year’s timing company will be Ohio Running Events, which is known nationally for its professionalism and accuracy with timing and reporting of results.
Last year’s 5K overall Raccoon Run winner was Jonathon Blake, with a finish time of 18:19. The first female finished at 19:41 and that recognition went to Tracy Meder. The first Fishcreek student was Nick Yanky, coming in at 26:24.
For more information about the Raccoon Run, visit www.FishcreekRaccoonRun.com. You can find all information about participation, business sponsorships, as well as volunteer opportunities. You may also register as a participant at www.active.com. Head over to Facebook and "like" the Fishcreek Raccoon Run page!
2013 Participation Costs:
5K & FUN RUN - $20.00 until April 13 | $25.00 after April 13
1-MILE FUN RUN only- $10.00 until April 13 | $15.00 after April 13