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White Elementary hosts road race
by Monica Burge
September 18, 2012 03:06 PM | 1647 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
White Elementary School is hosting its annual road race Saturday.

The one-mile Fun Run starts at 8 a.m. The 5K begins afterwards.

Registration is $25 for adults and $15 for students.

The route, which is about three miles long, starts and ends at the school and the White Police Department and Bartow County Sheriff’s Office will be on hand helping to ensure safety.

Organizer Lynn Hedden, a physical education teacher at White Elementary, said the race offers something for the entire family.

“This is a day ranging for the serious runner using this as a training session, a fun run for the younger children, or for those just wanting to support the cause,” Hedden said. “You can walk, run, or even stroll a child. The day is really much like a family party with something for everyone.”

This is the third year for the race, and Hedden said it is well on its way to becoming a community tradition that raises money for a good cause.

“The more money we raise then the more we can do for students and education,” Hedden said.

The race was initially started as a means of raising money to purchase playground equipment but it has grown to mean so much more, Hedden said.

“The first priority of the race proceeds is funding a scholarship for students that are White Elementary alumni, then other resources promoting physical fitness and health,” Hedden said.

Hedden said the community turns out to support the race every year.

“Each year we have been right at the 85 mark of runners,” Hedden said. “There are tons of volunteers and families that come to the event. More people do support the race monetarily through donations and buying shirts.”

Hedden said she hopes even more of a turnout this year.

“As always, I want the number to increase not because of the financial outcomes but because this day is meant to allow others the opportunity to have a family fun-filled day while helping future students’ education and the physical fitness of our community.”

Last year the race raised about $1,200 and Hedden said she hopes to top that amount this year.

On race day, there will be a DJ on site and Kona Ice. This year there will be giveaways and they are raffling an iPad.

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