In its ongoing effort to raise money for local schools, the San Ramon Valley Education Foundation is hosting its 35th annual Run for Education, its biggest fundraising event of the year.
Registration is now open for the races, which will be feature various events on Saturday and Sunday. Races this year are expected to attract over 10,000 residents and community members coming out to support campuses in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District.
Competitors are being offered five runs in which they can compete: the traditional 5K and 10K races, a 5K fun run/walk, a mini-run for junior athletes, and, new to this year’s fundraiser, the quarter-mile Friendship Run.
District officials said that not only is this the only event in the San Ramon Valley that will host representatives from all 36 SRVUSD schools, but it is also the largest run that benefits education in Northern California.
Events begin Saturday, with the inaugural Friendship Run, created for student-athletes enrolled in special education courses. The race will start at 10 a.m. at the outdoor track adjacent to Iron Horse Middle School.
Registration for the Friendship Run is $20, which includes race fees, t-shirt, finisher medal and snacks. A friend or caregiver is welcome to register for no additional charge, and can purchase a t-shirt for $5 on race day if they wish.
Later that afternoon, junior athletes ages 2-6 can participate in a 50-yard dash or test their endurance and jog for a third of a mile. All participants will receive a red cape, a medal and a post-race treat. The mini-run is sponsored by Stanford Children's Health and begins at 2 p.m., also at the Iron Horse Middle School.
The competitive races begin Sunday with the 5K timed run around Bishop Ranch. The USA Track & Field certified course begins and ends at Iron Horse Middle School, while all runners who finish will receive a commemorative medal and t-shirt. The top three male and female competitors will receive cash prizes and gift cards valued from $75-$150.
Online registration for the 5K is $39.35, and the race begins promptly at 8:15 a.m.
Also starting Sunday morning is the 10K timed race, which starts 8 a.m. at Charlotte Wood Middle School in Danville and ends at Iron Horse Middle School. Much like the 5K, all finishers will receive a commemorative t-shirt and medal, but the top male and female finishers will be awarded larger cash prizes ranging from $100-$400.
Runners in the 10K are invited to park in the Bishop Ranch 15 parking lot in San Ramon and catch the shuttle to the 10K starting line in Danville. Racers will need to pay a $54.35 registration fee in order to qualify for the competition.
Residents looking to show their support for the school district without competing in one of the timed races are welcome to sign up for the 5K fun run/walk happening Sunday at 8:30 a.m. For $35.35 participants can run with district schools' mascots, listen to school bands play along the course and receive the official 2018 Run for Education shirt.
Town of Danville officials ask that motorists show extra caution when driving through the area Sunday morning, and anticipate some delays, as several residential streets will temporarily be closed. Once the runners are clear of the starting zone, police will begin several short rolling closures following the race route to the Iron Horse Trail via Paraiso Drive. Drivers will be halted at trail crossings while runners pass, but all roads are expected to fully reopen by 8:45 a.m.
Residents interested in supporting SRVEF further by registering for the Rotary Club of San Ramon’s Auction for Education. From Nov. 1-9, participants can bid on a variety of goods online with proceeds benefiting the SRVEF. Over $40,000 in auction items have already been donated and last year's auction raised almost $76,000 for SRVUSD schools.