MORRIS – As the weather gets warmer and runners take to the streets, White Oak Elementary School is gearing up to hold its second annual White Oak Tech Trot, a 5K to raise money for an iPad cart for teachers to check out for their students during class.
The Tech Trot will be the first in this year’s “Run 4 Morris” campaign sponsored by Morris Downtown Development Partnership and Grundy County Farm Bureau.
“Although funding is pending, we anticipate the ‘Run 4 Morris’ campaign to continue for its third year,” MDDP Executive Director Julie Applegate said. “Even if we don’t get funding, we want to bring people to Morris and establish Morris as a running destination.”
The Tech Trot will start at 9 a.m. May 3 at White Oak Elementary School, 2001 Dupont Ave. in Morris. Pre-registration will begin at 7:30 a.m.
Theresa Hansen, race director for White Oak, said the school raised $7,000 its first year and is hoping for an even more successful 5K this year.
“We’ve received a lot of support from the community,” Hansen said. “We’ve had some of the same sponsors as last year and a lot of new sponsors this year.”
The 5K raises money by selling sponsorships to businesses, as well as charging an entry fee to those participating.
The run is open to both children and adults, and Hansen said organizers hope to see a lot of District 54 children participating.
The district added a boys’ running club in addition to the current girls’ running club and students from both clubs are expected to run the 5K as a capstone event at the end of the six-week program.
“They get to run and help raise more for the school,” Superintendent Teri Shaw said. “The money raised will help impact as many kids as possible at the school.”
Last year’s money helped buy Smart Boards for classes that many grades participate in, such as art.
The run will be held on the same certified course as the Corn Festival 5K Fun Run, which is held in September and is one of the five “Run 4 Morris” races.
“We see this as a way to bring people to the city of Morris,” Applegate said. “There is a benefit to bringing people to the events, we hear so often after the event people say they want to come back and shop or dine here.”
Applegate said more than half of the runners who come in for the race series are from outside of the Morris area.
She expects some funding for the “Run 4 Morris” campaign to be voted on May 1 at Morris City Council meeting.
If You Go
What: White Oak Tech Trot
When: 9 a.m. May 3 at White Oak School, 2001 Dupont Ave.
Who: Registration for participants 15 years old and older is $25 and sign up is available at www.signmeup.com/98838
Runners 14 years old and younger are $5 and registration forms for this age bracket are available at the White Oak Office