Running for a Great Cause

Annual run succeeds in fundraising for schools

Angelina Maravilla

Staff Writer

The 10th annual Run 4 Education was held on Sunday, October 26 in Niles. It is an annual event that raises money for students who can’t afford to participate in after school activities and sports.

The event took place for the first time at Niles Elementary school and started at 8:30 a.m. The race began with 10K runners, then 5K runners; later, it moved on to the children’s section, in which 9-11 year-olds ran half a mile. Afterwards, 7-8 year-olds ran half of a mile, followed by 4-6 year-olds who ran one-fourth of a mile.

The Guy Emanuele Sports Fund (GESF) provides help to those who face economic hardship in participating in school sports and activities. This year, with all the funds collected, the Fremont Education Foundation gave thanks to everyone at the event and announced that they have raised enough money to help twenty-seven elementary schools in the Fremont Unified School District. This money would help both girls’ and boys’ sponsored basketball teams. President of GESF Henry Hutchins shared his opinions on the event.

“I love helping people, and this fundraiser is the perfect way to help those who need financial help,” Hutchins said. “With this fundraiser, we will get more students involved with after-school sports and activities.”

Children in the 4-6 year old category line up for their turn during the Run 4 Education at Niles Elementary school.
Children in the 4-6 year old category line up for their turn during the Run 4 Education at Niles Elementary school.

The Fremont Education Foundation was sponsored by a great number of organizations, including Kaiser Permanente, LAM Research, The Habit Burger Grill, bitWise, The Art of Living, Fremont Bank Foundation, Fleet Feet Sports, Tri-Valley Triathlon Club, LearningBee, Whole Foods, Club Sports, Inkies Tattoo Studio, and more.

At the event, people provided many complimentary gifts for the runners and their families. Every participant was given a goodie bag containing a t-shirt and small giveaways from the different sponsors of the event. They also had numerous drawings that the participants could enter for a chance to win small prizes.

During the race, children had a chance to play at the Kid’s Corral, a supervised area with activities that children could do while their parents ran in one of the races.

American High School’s computer teacher Michael Lindsay and English/Drama teacher Katherine Martin participated in the fundraiser as well.

“It was my first year doing it, and I did it simply because I wanted to support the school and also because I am in fact a runner,” Martin said.

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