Frisco walked the walk and finished the race October 29 as athletes of all types honored the memory of the late Gary Burns and supported the Frisco Education Foundation. View results from the race here.
The Frisco Education Foundation Gary Burns Annual Fun Run presented by Baylor Scott & White Medical Center Frisco brought in more than $98,000 for FEF programs. More than 3,500 runners and walkers, along with hundreds of volunteers and spectators, supported the students and staff of Frisco ISD though this annual Foundation event.
“It is a true Frisco ISD community celebration,” said Allison Miller, director of the Frisco Education Foundation. “FISD cheer squads, dance teams and mascots have a huge impact on the atmosphere and we’re grateful they’re on hand each year to help us cheer on the participants.”
Held annually each October and now its 17th year, the Gary Burns Fun Run continues to grow both in numbers and impact. Since 1999, the Frisco Education Foundation, thanks in part to the fundraising success of the Gary Burns Fun Run, has awarded $653,000 in grant money to Frisco ISD educators for innovative ideas and just over $4.2 million in scholarship awards to graduating Frisco ISD seniors. Additionally, in 2008, the Frisco Education Foundation added Mindbender Academy, an educational summer camp for FISD middle school students.
Baylor Scott & White Medical Center Frisco was this year’s Presenting Sponsor and Tom Thumb, Stantec and Corgan returned as sponsors for the 17th year in a row.
“These sponsors have been supporting the Foundation through the Fun Run since the very beginning and we could never thank them enough for their unwavering support of the Foundation, our mission and our events and programs,” Miller said.
Miller noted that partner RBFCU started the race off on the right foot as the Official 2016 Pace Car.
The event was a successful Zero Waste event, with the City of Frisco reporting 520 pounds of recycling, or 82 percent, with 11 percent compost and seven percent trash. To qualify as a Zero Waste event, less than 10 percent of the total waste generated should be bound for the landfill.
Who was Gary Burns? Gary Burns was a Frisco resident. He was a firefighter. He was a businessman. He was a husband and father. He was a man who loved running and encouraged all children to do their best. The Gary Burns Fun Run continues to promote the achievement and abilities of all students.
This year’s race would have touched Burns’ heart as the run had its first Team Hoyt Texas runners take part in the race.
“Team Hoyt Texas was a true delight to watch,” Miller said.
Team Hoyt Texas is a 501(c) nonprofit organization. Team Hoyt Texas assists those who are differently-abled in becoming active members of their community, through the purchase of items needed to ensure they can roll with the wind in events across Texas. Team Hoyt is named for the father and son running team Dick and Rick Hoyt. Rick is paralyzed, but his father helps him participate in many races, including the Boston Marathon.
Three Team Hoyt runners from the Frisco area, one an FISD student, participated this year.
“We look forward to expanding Team Hoyt’s presence at future races, including more FISD students,” Miller said enthusiastically.
The participation of Team Hoyt is just another example of how Gary Burns continues to touch lives of young people, even though he is no longer living.