Schools Foundation 5K raises $72K, draws record number of participants

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Connor Bryan, 12 of Edmonds, was the first youth finisher in last Saturday's 5k Run. (Photo by David Pan)
Connor Bryan, 12 of Edmonds, was the first youth finisher in last Saturday’s 5k Run. (Photo by David Pan)

The Foundation for Edmonds Public Schools 5K run/walk fundraiser last Saturday grossed $72,000 and drew a record-breaking 1,600 runners, with 31 of 33 Edmonds School District Schools participating, according to Foundation Executive Director Deborah Anderson.

Seattle Times artist Gabriel Campanario, otherwise known as “Seattle Sketcher,” sketched himself participating in last week's Foundation run. The sketch ran in last Sunday's Seattle Times.
Seattle Times artist Gabriel Campanario, otherwise known as “Seattle Sketcher” and also an Edmonds School District parent, sketched himself participating in last Saturday’s Foundation run.

Ninety percent of those participating — 1,471 — came from district schools, with 23 schools with 20 or more registered participants, Anderson said. Those schools with 20 or more participants qualify to earn a percentage of event proceeds, including nine of the district’s 13 Title I schools (schools with more than 50 percent of students receiving free/reduced cost lunch).

“With this event, 70 percent of our Title I schools will receive proceeds,” Anderson said.

Anderson reminds race participants that if they shop at the Lynnwood Barnes & Noble or dine at the Spaghetti Factory this week, a percentage of sales will be donated to the Foundation. Just show your Celebrate Schools 5K bib voucher.

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