Thursday, April 17, 2014

2014 Running for the Arts set for May 3

Spring Branch Education Foundation (SBEF) will host the 22nd annual 5K Running for the Arts 5K (RFA) on Saturday, May 3, at Memorial City Mall outside JC Penney. Competitive runners will begin at 8 a.m.; 5K walkers will follow. The Kids K (1K) non-competitive run for participants in eighth grade or younger will begin at 9 a.m.

“The beauty of this run is the community atmosphere,” says Laura Cannaday, event chair. “Families run together, elementary students participate in their first race and professional runners come back year after year. Thanks to our health fitness teachers, our students are learning that exercise is important for a healthy lifestyle and that it can be fun.”

A Good Time for a Good Cause
SBEF uses the day’s proceeds to provide cultural arts field trips for SBISD students in grades one through eight. Students experience performances and exhibitions by premier arts organizations such as the Houston Symphony or the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, many for the first time.
A portion of the proceeds benefits the Health Fitness Teachers Association. Members help with the event. The Association sponsors student scholarships for college, teacher scholarships for professional development and community awareness programs.
Register Today
Runners/walkers may download registration forms or register online at Information is also available at and at all SBISD schools. Participants may solicit support from friends and family through the Running for the Arts website. Registration fees, which include a t-shirt and race packet, begin at $20 per person for participants 18 years and younger, $25 for adults. Fees increase in $5 increments on April 30 and at packet pick-up.
Community members are invited to be a Student Sponsor at the $275 level (15 SBISD students) and $125 level (five SBISD students).
“Saturday Sleep In” sponsorships are $70 prior to Apr. 30 and $80 after. These sponsorships include four Running for the Arts t-shirts, and four registrations count toward a selected school in the Highest School Participation Contest. T-shirts should be picked up during the packet pick-up times.
Race packet pick-up and additional registration is scheduled at Memorial City Mall’s food court area on Thursday, May 1, 11 a.m.–7 p.m., and Friday, May 2, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Packets will be distributed on Saturday morning, 6:15–7:45 a.m. There will be no late registration on Saturday.
Volunteer to help with the event by visiting or by calling 713.251.2381.
Fun for Everyone
In addition to the run/walk, children will enjoy jump rope and hula hoop contests, face painting, a bean bag toss and other fun activities. SBISD performing arts groups, including a marching band, jazz ensembles and singers, will perform throughout the morning. A silent art auction will be held in the Mall on race day, 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.; the auction features student works from SBISD schools.
All participants are invited to the awards ceremony outside the Mall’s food court entrance. Runners will be treated to an after-race party, thanks to generous donations by Chick-fil-A, Shipley’s Do-nuts, My Fit Food, SBISD Child Nutrition Services and SBEF.
Male and female overall winners will each receive a $300 gift certificate provided by Memorial City Mall. Overall male and female master (over age 40) winners will receive $200 gift certificates provided by Memorial City Mall.
The SBISD school with the highest participation will win a $500 gift certificate from Young Audiences of Houston and a $500 Academy Sports & Outdoors gift certificate for the health fitness department. All other SBISD schools with a minimum of 10 participants will be entered into a drawing to win one of two prizes: a gift certificate from Young Audiences of Houston or a gift certificate from Academy Sports & Outdoors.
All registered runners and walkers will be eligible for numerous door prizes from community merchants. Winners must be present.
Community Support
The community is generous in its support of Running for the Arts and SBISD students. Sponsors include Memorial City Mall; ER24-7Plus/AOK Medical Center; Mallory and James Shaddix; Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center; and Perdue, Brandon, Fielder, Collins & Mott, LLP. Other sponsorships are available; visit
Running for the Arts is sanctioned and certified by the USA Track and Field Association.
For more information, call 713-251-2381.


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