PPIE 'Run for Education' raises $96k

Almost 3,000 participants on race day

The third annual Pleasanton Run for Education, a fundraiser for the Pleasanton Partnerships in Education (PPIE) Foundation, raised a record $96,000 that will benefit the PPIE Giving Fund.

The event, hosted by PPIE and ClubSport Pleasanton, attracted almost 3,000 participants on April 12.

According to PPIE representatives, 85% of the participants were associated with Pleasanton Unified School District schools -- an 11% increase from last year, making the event Pleasanton's largest family-friendly fitness fundraiser to date.

"I am filled with gratitude with how the community came out to support our schools," said race director and PPIE board vice president Kelly French.

She added: "In addition to our participants, 300 volunteers, half of which were local high school students, helped make this event possible. Many filled multiple roles and we are truly grateful for their service to the community."

Race participants were able to chose from three race distances: 5K, 10K or 15K, and younger children had the option to run the .5K and 1K Kids' Challenge courses.

"The three distances allow for the wide variety of participants the event attracts, from entire families walking together and students running their first 5K, as well as those serious about setting running goals," said course director and designer Bryan Gillette, who is also an avid runner.

All races began and ended at Alameda County Fairgrounds.

The following were winners for each race:

* 5K: Hope Bergmark (women) and Zachary Holt (men)

*10K: Madison Denny (women) and Kevin Alcosiba (men)

* 15K: Diane Batchelor (women) and Jason Oswalt (men)

Results for all the races are available online.

A new addition to the event included the Spirit Award, a participation award designed to add the element of friendly competition amongst schools. The award was presented to the elementary, middle and high schools with the highest participation after the race. Those winners included Walnut Grove Elementary, Harvest Park Middle School and Amador Valley High School -- representing 34% of all school-related participants.

Even a few days after the race, French said that planning is already underway for the fourth annual Pleasanton Run for Education next spring.

"We believe we have a format we can stick with for years to come. Mark your calendars and plan on joining us April 17, 2016, for Pleasanton's premier running event and Family Fitness Expo," said French.

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