Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish School will be hosting its second annual 5K Race and 1 mile Fun Run/Walk on April 12.
Participants who register by the April 1 early bird deadline will receive a T-shirt and cinch sack goodie bag. The volunteer committee organizing the race has a goal of raising $50,000 to support phase two of a three-phase technology upgrade plan at the school.
The 5K race will begin at 9 a.m. near the Lillis Drive entrance to the school with the 1 mile Fun Run/Walk to follow at 9:05 a.m. The 5K race will offer chip start and finish timing. This family and community wellness oriented event also includes numerous raffle baskets with fabulous prizes, a 50/50 raffle, refreshments and children-friendly activities.
The inaugural race in 2013 raised more than $48,000 and had 822 participants. IHM students are benefitting from improved wireless Internet access, new iPads and laptop computers, much needed updates to existing computers and a new media center. A separate technology committee was also formed in conjunction with the race to identify how to best invest the funds and capitalize on the educational opportunities the new technology could provide. Children at the school aren't the only people to have benefitted from the new technology. Members of the technology committee have also offered an iPad for Seniors continuing education course, a preschoolers course and other free courses are being added.
Along with a fundraising goal of $50,000, race organizers hope to reach 1,000 participants in 2014. National Machine Group has generously agreed to be the Title Sponsor for a second year. A Beautiful Child's Preschool and Daycare, J.W. Didado Electric, Spitzer Ford, Bryan Stephens DDS, Valley Animal Hospital, Vertical Runner and WCCV Flooring Design Center are Executive Sponsors.
Early bird registration is $25 through April 1. Registration increases to $30 until April 10 and Race Day Registration is $35. There are no additional online registration fees this year. To register for the event and find the complete race route, sponsorship information, donation opportunities, and a full schedule of our Couch to 5K program visit www.ihm5k.com.