“Are You In RUN for Education”, scheduled for June 2, becomes district-wide event

by Contributed Content on April 14, 2013

Building upon 18 years of success with the Otter Run, parents from the Menlo Park City School District step it up with an expanded effort:  ‘are you in RUN for education’.  This first ever district-wide event will be a 1.5K walk/fun run and a competitive, chip-timed 5K on Sunday, June 2 at Oak Knoll School starting at 9:00 am. Organizers and volunteers of this year’s event include passionate parents from Oak Knoll, Encinal, Laurel and Hillview.

“I am thrilled to see the original Otter Run expand to a district-wide event and yet still be an example of what the race has always been about from its inception: Having healthy fun as a community, supporting each other as a community, and supporting our kids,”  comments Katie Ferguson, who previously lead these race efforts for over 8 years. “Year after year I have been blown away by the support the race has received from local business sponsors, and this year is proving to be the same and then some,”

Strength in numbers is definitely a factor for this community event. “The support from local businesses has been phenomenal,” says Steve Cadigan, the lead coordinator of all sponsorships for the event. “We have had both loyal, long-time sponsors, like Scott Koloust of Koloust Orthodontics, sign up with us again as well as quite a few new business sponsors, like Bulldog Sports and Fitness and Vivre Fitness in Palo Alto. They are thrilled to support the schools and community as well as encourage health and wellness at the event.”

Long standing supporter Fleet Feet Sports Menlo Park has once again signed up to support the run. On May 11, the store will host a “gear up” day at their store to support the “are you in RUN for education” efforts and 5% of their gross sales for the day will be donated to support all four Menlo Park City Schools (Encinal, Hillview, Laurel and Oak Knoll). Additional sponsors of this years “are you in RUN for Education” include: Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Kennolyn Camps, Kondra Systems, Inc., Gold Arrow Camps, Hi-Five Sports, and Alys Grace.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the four Menlo Park City Schools (Encinal, Hillview, Laurel and Oak Knoll). For more information, to register for the run, or to sign up as race sponsors visit: http://areyouin.mpcsd.org/

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