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FEF ‘Turns Up The Heat’ On An Almost Two-Decade Tradition

Oct 05, 2018

Lace up your sneakers and run or walk for a cause! The 19th Annual Frisco Education Foundation (FEF) Gary Burns 5K & Fun Run, presented by Baylor Scott & White Sports Performance Center at The Star, is set for Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, at Toyota Stadium in Frisco.

The certified 5K and fun run is the Foundation’s largest annual fundraiser, supporting its mission of providing scholarship opportunities for Frisco ISD students, supplying innovative teacher grants through the Grants for Great Ideas! program, as well as funding educational programs throughout the District.

This year’s race kicks off with the one-mile fun run at 8 a.m. and the 5K starting at 8:30 a.m. For the first time ever, the 5K features three different heats: Competitive Only (5-7 minute mile), Run/Jog (7-12 minute mile) and Light Jog/Walk (12+ minute mile).

“We are thrilled for another FEF Gary Burns 5K & Fun Run. With the growing population of Frisco and attendance at this event, we decided to reverse the course from last year [2017] and add three heats to make it more competitive and comfortable for runners,” said Allison Miller, director of the Frisco Education Foundation. “We’re ready and off to the races!”

Before the race, participants are encouraged to gather in the gold parking lot of Toyota Stadium for a morning full of music and entertainment provided by Boosterthon and the Pioneer Heritage Middle School Choir. Families can enjoy games and activities with Bounce for Fun, Texas Legends Basketball and the Frisco RoughRiders. After the race, water and fruit will be available at the Tom Thumb recovery table, and the awards ceremony will follow.

Last year’s event drew participation from across the community with more than 3,000 runners, walkers, spectators and volunteers. To register for the 2018 race, please visit friscoeducationfoundation.org.

The event is named after the beloved Frisco Assistant Fire Chief Gary Burns, who died of colon cancer in 1999. Burns was known for supporting students, often donating clothing, athletic equipment, meals, money and time to help less fortunate children in the community.

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