Unique fundraiser benefits Playworks
Photos by Ron French
Playworks Arizona is hosting its second annual Run the Runway 5K/10K and Kids 1-Mile Mascot Dash at the Scottsdale Airport on April 5. Curiosity about the unique event is already spreading across the country.
“Word is out. It’s never been done before,” said Chuck Warshaver, member of the Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce Airpark Committee and executive director of the nonprofit Playworks.
The family-friendly event includes a Kids 1-Mile Mascot Dash featuring Arizona Sports Team Mascots that may include the Phoenix Suns Gorilla, Howler of the Coyotes, Big Red from the Cardinals, Sun Devil’s Sparky, and Baxter from the Diamondbacks.
Participants will run on the Scottsdale Airport runway while being surrounded by beautiful planes and entertainment along this one-of-a-kind route.
Sarah Ferrara, Scottsdale Airport’s aviation planning and outreach coordinator, says people wanting to know more about the fundraiser have approached her at several professional conferences in recent months.
Last year’s inaugural event had more than 800 attendees (300 spectators) and more are expected this year, according to organizers. This will be the first year that the 10K has been added.
Race Timers will be timing the 5K/10K runs utilizing Ultra High Frequency (UHF) tags that are located on the back of the runner’s bib number. Special awards will be given to the overall male and female winners of the 5K and 10K races as well as the top-three finishers in each age category.
Bounce Boot Camp & More
Festival activities include a vendor expo, kids’ activity area, DJ, photo opportunities with planes and sports mascots, and inflatables from Bounce Boot Camp. Fans of ABC’s hit show Shark Tank may recall seeing former NFL player Thomas Hill, founder of Bounce Boot Camp, pitch the “sharks” in a January episode. Hill, an Anthem resident, tried to convince the investors to back his company, which “combines the fun of inflatable obstacle courses, castles, and slides into an amazingly fun program for everyone.”
(Watch the excerpt here: http://abc.tv/1oJOrta.)
All proceeds of Run the Runway benefit Playworks Arizona, which sends trained, full-time coaches to low-income, urban schools, where they transform recess and play into a positive experience that helps kids and teachers get the most out of every learning opportunity. Independent studies show that the Playworks program is successful in reducing bullying and increases classroom-teaching time.
“If you want to have your heartstrings pulled, watch the video on the website [www.runtherunway.org],” said Jim Walker, chair of the chamber’s Airpark committee.
Free parking will be available at the Scottsdale Airport. Additional parking can be found at the Scottsdale Quarter parking garage. Carpooling is recommended, as spaces are limited.
Run the Runway 5K/10K and Kids 1-Mile Mascot Dash
When: 6:30am–10am, Saturday, April 5
Where: Scottsdale Airport, 15000 N. Airport Drive
Video: Visit website to view video of last year’s event
6:30am: Day of registration and vendor fair/festival opens
7:45am: 10K Run starts
8am: 5K Run/Walk starts
8:45am: Kids 1-Mile Mascot Dash starts
10am: Vendor fair/festival closes
5K Registration (3/1-3/28) – $35
5K Late Registration (3/29-4/3) – $40
5K Day of Registration – $50
10K Registration (3/1-3/28) – $40
10K Late Registration (3/29-4/3) – $45
10K Day of Registration – $55
Kids 1-Mile Mascot Dash – $15
5K/10K Registration includes official Run the Runway dri-fit running shirt, drawstring carrying bag, and custom bib. Event shirts for kids available for purchase.