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Fund Run for Eureka Schools Foundation

Foundation hopes to raise $600,000 this year to help district offset state funding cuts
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About 1,000 runners are expected to hit the streets of Granite Bay for the third annual Fund Run and Pancake Breakfast Sunday, May 22, say organizers.

The 5K run/walk raises money for the Eureka Schools Foundation.

“This event will promote a healthy active lifestyle and provide another opportunity to raise much-needed funds for our schools,” said ESF board member and race director Kelly Byars, in a press release.

The event also features a pancake breakfast put on by the Granite Bay High School Culinary Club and an expo area with free games and crafts for kids.

The foundation has close to $40,000 in cash sponsors for the event, said ESF President Renee Nash. All proceeds go to fund programs such as libraries and technology within the Eureka Union School District. The foundation hopes to raise $600,000 this year to help the district offset drastic cuts from state funding.

“Like other districts, we are facing massive budget cuts so this event is crucial in trying to retain programs and keep class sizes from increasing,” Nash said. “In our first two years we have had a tremendous turnout for this event and we look forward to another successful year.”

The pancake breakfast goes from 8:30-11 a.m. The cost is $5. The race starts at 8:30 a.m. The cost is $30 per adult and $25 for children under 18. The 1-mile run for kids 11 and under costs $15. The 100-yard dash for kids 9 and under costs $10.

Same day registration opens at 6:30 a.m. and costs $35 per adult and $30 per youth. All events take place at Granite Bay High School, 1 Grizzly Way. To register, visit www.active.com. For more information, visit www.eurekaschoolsfoundation.org.

~ Sena Christian