The Frisco Education Foundation is bringing a creative approach to its annual Gary Burns 5K & Fun Run in the age of COVID-19.
Unable to host the race in-person this year, FEF is planning a virtual event Oct. 17-31. Participants can run, walk or cycle on their own anytime during that window. Registration is available now.
The event is the largest annual fundraiser for the Foundation, which exists solely to provide financial resources to maximize student potential in Frisco ISD.
“We really had to reimagine the event this year,” said FEF President Sunitha Cheruvu. “It was important to us that the virtual race still capture the spirit and sense of community of our annual in-person Gary Burns 5K & Fun Run.”
This year’s event will have a Halloween theme, and families are encouraged to wear costumes while they participate and take and post photos on social media to share the fun with other participants.
Prizes will be awarded in several categories for images shared on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. You can connect with FEF on Twitter and Instagram @FriscoEF or on Facebook at facebook.com/friscoeducationfoundation. As in previous years, awards will also be presented to schools with the most participation.
“We hope parents, students, staff and community members will embrace this effort and help us make this year’s race not only fun, but a big success for our Frisco ISD students and educators,” said Allison Miller, FEF director. “This annual event is critical to our ability to support graduating seniors through college scholarships and award grants to teachers for their innovative ideas.”
Anyone from anywhere can participate in the virtual race. Participants can utilize one of FEF’s preset routes in the community or choose one of their own regardless of location.
Registration is $20 for adults and $10 for students. Funds raised will have a direct impact on the number and amount of grants awarded to FISD teachers later this fall and college scholarships awarded to members of the Class of 2021 in the spring. The classroom grants support creative ideas and outside-the-box projects for students that would not otherwise be funded by FISD.
“We are asking everyone to get involved in helping us make a difference for our deserving students and teachers,” Cheruvu said. “Friends and family can participate too, no matter where they live. Together, we hope to continue the community’s long-standing support for education and student opportunities within Frisco ISD.”
Sign up today to join the fun Oct. 17-31 for the Virtual Gary Burns 5K & Fun Run. Donations to the Foundation are also accepted online at any time at www.friscoeducationfoundation.org. Donors have the option to donate towards specific programs or scholarships.