The Edmond Sun

February 11, 2014

Creek Classic races to fight hunger, enhance education

Registration open for March 1 run


Special to The Sun

EDMOND — Registration is open for the 18th Annual Creek Classic, scheduled for March 1. The run kicks off at 8:30 a.m. at Deer Creek Intermediate School, 21175 N. MacArthur in Edmond and features a 1-mile fun run, a 5K and a 10K.

“Creek Classic is an annual event that is a district-wide fundraiser for Deer Creek Schools,” said Jolene Curry, Creek Classic co-chairwoman. “The Creek Classic is excited to partner with the Regional Food Bank again to help local students who struggle with hunger.”

Registration starts at $25 per individual and $90 for a family of five. Runners of all ages and skill levels are encouraged to participate. Each race registration receives a T-shirt, a pancake breakfast and access to a virtual goodie bag filled with great promotions and coupons.

“Creek Classic attracts runners from all over the state and continues to grow each year,” said Bryan Weathers, Creek Classic co-chairman. “Last year, more than 2,300 runners participated in this race. We are anticipating more runners this year. The money raised from this event will benefit every school, student and teacher in our district.”

In the past the money raised from this event has helped Deer Creek Schools purchase items such as iPads, smart boards, text books, library books, mobile laptop computers, education for teachers, playground equipment, software, sound systems and much more.

The race also will feature David Brown from “The Biggest Loser,” who is running in the event. Additionally, the high school’s journalism department will live broadcast the event on http://deercreekantlers.tv.

One in four children in Oklahoma struggles with hunger. The Regional Food Bank started the Food for Kids Backpack Program in January 2003 in response to hearing a first-hand account of an Oklahoma City elementary student who fainted on a Monday morning while waiting in the school lunch line due to lack of food over the weekend. Students receive a backpack full of kid-friendly, non-perishable and nutritious food on Friday to sustain them over weekends and holidays.

“For a child to be excited about something as basic as food is sad; to know we can ensure he has food is heartwarming,” said a Food for Kids coordinator.

Visit the website for more information and register at www.deercreekclassic.com. For more information about the Regional Food Bank, visit regionalfoodbank.org or call 972-1111.