FARMINGTON — Organizers of this year's Race to Educate are excited to see the event grow after a successful launch last year.
The Farmington Municipal Schools Foundation for Educational Excellence will host the Race to Educate half-marathon and 10K run, along with a 5K walk/run, on Oct. 12. All races start at the Farmington High School campus.
Foundation board member Carrie Thompson said participation for the first race in October 2012 surpassed organizers' expectations. Registration is currently higher than it was at the same time last year, she said.
"It's such a huge benefit for every kid in Farmington schools," Thompson said. "All the money raised for the race goes right back into the classroom, and that's what it's all about."
The foundation awards grants for teachers to fund classroom projects and presents the Red Apple awards, which recognize teachers who make a difference in students' lives.
Last year's race had more than 300 entries, said race co-chair Dolores Cammon. With help from sponsors, the foundation raised about $60,000.
Cammon said last year's race did not have any major glitches. That, she said, stems from the more than 100 volunteers who helped out along the course, as well as the race committee and planning group.
"A lot of them are runners and have been to a lot of races," Cammon said. "Their expertise, they pulled into our race."
Organizers hope to sign up at least 400 runners for this year's event, said Cammon and Thompson.
Last year's race started in Hutchison Stadium's parking lot. But with construction on the field house, this year's race start has been moved to Farmington High's north parking lots.
The route for the half-marathon winds along city streets and dirt trails, and the 5K and 10F race routes will be on neighborhood streets near the high school.