AVON — Registration is now open for the 19th annual Avon Eagle Run presented by Mercy Health. The family-oriented event includes a 5-mile run, a 5K run/walk and a 1-mile kids fun run.
The event starts at 8 a.m. May 25 at Avon High School, 37545 Detroit Road, and traditionally attracts more than 1,500 runners/walkers from all over the area. Races will have staggered start times and prizes will be awarded to top finishers.
To date, the Eagle Run has raised nearly $400,000 for the Avon School Educational Endowment Fund, French Creek YMCA and other local charities.
Avon Local Schools superintendent Michael Laub said the primary goal of the endowment fund is to provide grants so teachers can encourage students to excel academically and artistically. Teachers write grants to support creative and innovative projects for all students in the district.
One component of the fund directly supports fine arts programs such as the Memory Project at Avon High School. This unique initiative allows art students to create portraits for children and teens around the world who have been orphaned or neglected or are otherwise disadvantaged.
Other grants and scholarships that have been awarded over the years include funding for these programs: Heritage Science Night, accelerated reading, Soaring with Science, Robotics First Lego League and the Flat Stanley Project.
"The Eagle Run is a great community event,” Laub said. “We have worked hard to provide a fun morning for competitive racers, joggers, walkers and kids. It is a great way to kick off the holiday weekend and support a great cause.”
Avon Early Learning Center principal Colleen Mudore agrees. The Avon resident participates in the event annually, and she has seen firsthand how the schools benefit from the grants awarded by the Avon School Educational Endowment Fund.
“My son Mason and I have been running the Eagle Run for about five years now,” Mudore said. “As an administrator, I enjoy working at the Eagle Run because it is an opportunity to give back and a great way to connect with the community. As a building, we have used the endowment grant for many of the programs we do. This wouldn't be possible without the Eagle Run.”
Families can help Avon students in pre-K through fifth grade win a classroom pool and dodgeball party at the French Creek YMCA by adding their student’s teacher’s name to the race registration form.
Pre-registration fees range from $15 to $30. The first 1,000 adults to register will receive a T-shirt and hat, and T-shirts will also be given to young racers.
For more information or to register, call Hermes Racing Cleveland at 216-623-9933 or visit hermescleveland.com.
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