ROSEBORO — Teachers Jessica Eason and Megan Strickland are looking forward to community members crossing a finish line Saturday at Western District Park.
The educators from Roseboro Elementary School are preparing for the Fourth Annual Running With P.R.I.D.E. 5K Fund Run. It’s scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday, May 7 at Western District Park, 702 W. Clinton St., Roseboro. Both runners and walkers may participate.
“We want to involve the community in what we’re doing in school and encourage the students to be physical,” Strickland said.
The fee for participation and a T-Shirt is $25 until Friday, May 6 and $35 on the day of the race. Proceeds will help fund after school programs or equipment for Roseboro Elementary.Prizes will be awarded to a variety of categories, ranging from ages 7 and under all the way up to 60-plus. The top three male and female runners will be recognized in each group will be recognized as well.
After a successful beginning in Roseboro Town Park, organizers decided to switch up and host the event at Western District Park.
“This year we’re trying something new, so we’ll have a different route this year,” Eason said.
Saturday’s event is a collaboration between the girls’ physical activity group, Team P.R.I.D.E. (Positive, Respectful, Independent, Determined, Extraordinary) and the boy’s Leading Leopards on the Run. Eason and Strickland serve as coaches for the groups. The idea for the 5K was sparked after students from school participated in the character building program, Girls on the Run, through the YMCA in Wilmington.
Each year, averages 100 runners with participation from local schools in the area.
“I feel good about it,” Eason said about the participants. “I look forward to seeing everybody that comes out. It’s nice when you see some of the same people and sometimes you see different people. I’m pleased with the turnout for us being a small elementary school.”
Strickland feels the same.
“You hear a lot of positive comments about the route,” Strickland said about jogging through Roseboro. “They enjoy the fellowship as well and they’re supporting a good cause.”
Principal Tonya Colwell added that another goal of the event is parent involvement.
“With everything that we try to do we try to gear it around something our parents will get excited about participating in,” Colwell said. “We’ll have a lot of parents involved in the race.”
Along with joggers and runners attending, Eason showed appreciation for local sponsors and businesses.
“We couldn’t do this without them,” she said. “We really appreciate the support.”
Entry forms for preregistration are available at Roseboro Elementary School, 180 Butler Island Road, Roseboro. Forms are also available by accessing the school’s webpage, through Sampson County Schools’ website, www.sampson.k12.nc.us
Participants may sign up online by visiting the school’s Run Sign Up page at www.runsignup.com/Race/NC/Roseboro/RunningwithPRIDE5KFUNdRun
For more information, contact Eason or Strickland at 910-525-4538.
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