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Pleasanton Run for Education set for Sunday

Annual PPIE event benefits Pleasanton schools

This Sunday, thousands of residents will run and walk the streets of Pleasanton together to raise funds for local schools.

The 5th annual Pleasanton Run for Education will feature three flat courses a 5k, 10k and 15k -- that start and end at the Alameda County Fairgrounds, as well as a quarter-mile Kids' Challenge event. This year, the run will take 10k and 15k participants on the new Oak Woodland trails within Bernal Community Park.

Organized by Pleasanton Partnerships in Education (PPIE), the April 23 run benefits the foundation and Pleasanton schools.

"This is a wonderful event that draws over 3,000 people throughout the community to help raise funds for school staffing, technology and student support," PPIE executive director Steve McCoy-Thompson said in a statement.

This spring, he added, the foundation hopes to provide funds for two extra hours of either library assistant or site technology support staff at Pleasanton schools.

"In the future, depending on funds raised from school families, business donors and the Run for Education, we hope to do even more to support our schools," McCoy-Thompson said.

All participants receive a race T-shirt and a finisher's medal, and are invited to an expo after the race to enjoy music, food, entertainment and an awards ceremony. To register or learn more about the run, including volunteer opportunities, visit ppierun.com.

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