More than 2,000 people signed up for the 17th Annual Deer Creek Classic March 2 and more than $62,000 was raised.
In addition to providing funds for programs at the various schools, the money raised will be used for the Regional Food Bank for the Kids Backpack program.
“For each registration, $2.50 went to the Kids Backpack program,” said Andi Neaves, marketing chair for the past three years. “In all we raised $5,000 for the Regional Food Bank.”
Grove Valley Elementary won $2,000 and the Golden Shoe for the highest percentage of students and staff participating in the race, Neaves said. Rose Union Elementary came in second place and received $1,000.
“Each principal chooses how to spend the money,” Neaves added. “Many times they provide additional technology, books and Smartboards.”
As the district continues to grow, so does the need for educational items to help the schools, students and teachers.
Keri Shipley has been the event chair for the past three years and said, “In Deer Creek, our goal is to continue to strive for academic excellence and achieve top API Scores from the state. In the past, the money raised from this event has helped our schools purchase items like iPads, Smartboards, text books, library books, laptop computers, continuing education for teachers, playground equipment, software, sound systems and much more.”
Dan and Don Evans, twins who were on the show the “Biggest Loser,” helped with publicity, Shipley said, “and got us national publicity with a television crew following them.”
In addition to Neaves and Shipley, Kevin Ewing was the race director.
The run was a timed qualifying race and included a 10K, 5K and 1-mile Fun Run.
The Creek Classic attracts runners from all across the state as well as runners from out of state and continues to grow each year.
FOR A listing of winners, hometowns and times, go to DG Productions at andyswebtools.com/cgi-bin/p/awtp-menu.cgi?d=dg-productions.