By The Daily Times Staff

FARMINGTON Hoping to kick off its fundraiser with a bang, the Farmington schools foundation will host Race to Educate, an event to challenge area runners and provide a fun walk/run for families while raising money for classroom projects and scholarships.

Collaborating with the area Centennial Celebration committee, the Farmington Municipal Schools Foundation for Educational Excellence will host the run on Oct. 13 with the start of the 5K walk/run, 10K and half marathon runs taking place at Hutchison Stadium.

Foundation President Deb Dumont said the organization has been working on setting up the event for the last year and is pleased by the community's excitement and support.

"We're kind of glad we went after this one," Dumont said. "We are hit all the levels, just about anybody can participate."

A pre-race meeting will be held between 6 and 8 p.m. Oct. 12 in the Farmington Schools Boardroom. Registration will be held and race participants will be able to pick up their timing chip, bib and other race information.

"The community has been really wonderful with this fundraiser," Dumont said.

This is the first year for the event, Co-Chair Dolores Cammon said, with the idea sprouting from the areas fondness for outdoor activities.

"This is a very outdoorsy type of community and they like biking, golfing and running," Cammon said. "So it was an idea for a fundraiser after we started talking it and organizing it."

Kicking off in the parking lot of the stadium at 8 a.m., the 5K and 10K portions will take place on neighborhood streets near the stadium, while the half marathon will take place across paved city streets and dirt trails.

Cammon said her daughter, a half marathon runner herself, suggested the half marathon.

"We have quite a few half marathon runners in the area, one of them being my daughter," Cammon said. "She said if we were looking for an idea, those of us who like to run those, usually have to travel - and that started the whole thought process."

There are already more than 200 entries, with the largest portion signing up for the 5K walk/fun, Cammon said, adding she has heard of entire families signing up together.

"We hope to have it be a family affair," Cammon said. "It would be nice to have families involved. We think it's great, not only for them but great for fitness."

Online registration is available at race2educate.eventbrite.com and for more information, interested runners and walkers can call 505-324-9840.