‘Running With Ed’ draws a crowd
The Park City Education Foundation (PCEF) hosted more than a thousand participants on Saturday who ran and walked to raise money for funding teacher grants, preschool programs, and material needs for the Park City School District (PCSD).
The second annual "Running with Ed" fundraiser consisted of two events, the 42-mile team relay and the 1.8-mile walk-a-thon that started and finished at the Basin Recreation Field House in Kimball Junction.
"Not only did we have 30 percent more teams over last year, more than 950 people signed up for our first walk-a-thon," said race director and PCEF board member Tim Chesley.
According to Monika Guendner of the PCEF, the event raised more than the $50,000 that it raised last year. The boost in funding shows another strong effort by the Park City community to meet the needs of one of the best school districts in Utah. With a difficult economic climate affecting all, the money raised for the PCEF was a major boost to fund programs and needed materials within the Park City School District. Guendner also said the event "really struck a chord with the community last year," which, along with the great spirit of the participants and the adding of the walk-a-thon, were credited with the boost in attendance.
The upbeat attitude in the air Saturday morning directly correlated with the perfect weather. One hundred and ten teams gathered for the long-distance relay where there were 10 legs, each consisting of 1-9 miles. The relay event had different team winners for groups in the men’s category, the women’s, and a coed pool.
The winner in the men’s event was ZBsports, which included Fernando Ramirez, Karl Siebach, Jeremy Willey and Carlos Trujillo. The women’s first-place team was Ed Spirit Catch Us If You Can, which was willed to victory by Brooks Addicott, Anne Kari Hunt, Rayna Mintz, Simone Nixon, and Kathy Pederson. For the coed pool, Team Pollard took first place under the motivated spirits of Matt Campbell, Chris Hard, Summer Schlopy, Marcel Vifian, and Sebe Ziesler. Amazingly, the 42-mile route was soloed by five single runners including one Treasure Mountain International School teacher, Meghan Zarnetske.
The event also involved another competition for the runners with the most creative costumes or theme. Melissa Bott, Veronica Claridge, Bob Edmiston, Julie Hastings and Jodi Lundmark of the Runaway Brides won the best team theme award and drew some big laughs from all who attended.
"These events are important and we appreciate everyone’s participation from runners and walkers, to volunteers and sponsors because every dollar earned goes toward improving our schools," said PCEF Executive Director Abby McNulty.
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