Continuing a tradition that began two years ago, students and staff from Fridley elementary schools, as well as community members, will race to the finish line in a friendly competition, all for a good cause.
The Fridley Kids In Action 5K Fun Run/Walk hosted by Hayes and Stevenson elementary schools will take place Saturday, May 17. Registration begins at 8 a.m. in Commons Park across the street from the Fridley Community Center, at 6085 7th St. NE. The race begins at 9 a.m.
Last year, students at Hayes donated more than $2,500 for nonprofit organization Lift Up Their Hearts, which helps victims of genocide in Rwanda. The money went toward filling a school with desks, chairs, textbooks and supplies such as pencils and notebooks.
This year the students chose to support a local nonprofit, Can Do Canines, Hayes Elementary School teacher and 5K organizer Karin Beckstrand said.
Hayes paraprofessional Lora Cracraft’s seventh-grade son has autism and has had a service dog since third grade. He received the dog through Can Do Canines, which provides service dogs for free to people with disabilities.
As part of the donation, Hayes students will get to name one of the puppies and receive updates on the dog’s training.
The money raised from the race is divided equally between Fridley’s two elementary schools, Beckstrand said. At Stevenson, staff and students will use the money to plant trees through Tree Trust.
Despite the rain last year, about 100 people participated. Beckstrand is hoping for another good turnout this year.
“I think we’re going to get a good amount of people in,” she said. “It’s real fun for our community to see. A lot of staff will run the race or walk it or help with the water stops, so the kids get a kick out of seeing their teachers doing that outside their school day. They see us out in the community.”
Registration costs $10 for Hayes and Stevenson students, $15 for non-students and $40 for a family up to five people. Go to www.active.com and search for “Fridley” to register. Participants can also register the day of the race starting at 8 a.m.
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