WSS fun run goes big |

WSS fun run goes big

Started by the school’s student council in 2008, the B98.7 Winter Sports School 5K Fun Run is aiming a little higher in its third year.

"This is an affordable, great event," said WSS head Rob Clayton. "So we thought, ‘Let’s make it bigger and grander.’ I imagine we’ll have a pretty good turnout, once everybody registers."

Originally serving as a community service project, the race will continue to benefit the United Nations World Food Program, which specializes in delivering food to those in need around the globe. In addition, though, proceeds from this year’s event will boost the Winter Sports School’s Scholarship Fund.

"It hasn’t been a major part of our scholarship fund until this year," Clayton said. "In past years, it was more about students contributing to the world." In 2009, the WSS scholarship fund gave $80,000 to 22 students. Clayton said maintaining the fund is a major priority for the school, which hopes to accommodate any student needing summer schooling because of their winter athletic schedules.

For the first time, a community fair will accompany this year’s race. The fair was created so that anybody could participate, even if they do not want to run, according to an e-mail from WSS development director Julie Bernhard. The event will start at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 31, and run until 2 p.m. at Willow Creek Park.

"We are developing more community-wide projects, so it’s only natural to create more community-wide events," Bernhard said. "It is a mutual show of support."

The inaugural fair will feature a costume race, hula hoop competition, zumba class, food, music, prizes, face painting, health screenings and an appearance by the Nu Skin Jazz Dancers.

"We are so excited and grateful that so many local businesses stepped up to help us," Bernhard said. "They made the event possible."

Adding competitive incentive for the school’s students is a competition between graduation classes. The fastest class will receive an early release at school by a half day.

Admission for the race and fair is $25 for adults, $15 for children under 17. Admission for the fair only is $5 per person. Register by contacting Julie Bernhard at 435-640-5119 or e-mailing Willow Creek Park is located off Split Rail Lane near Kimball Junction.

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