Officials with a local Catholic school say they are hopeful that an upcoming 5k can do two things — promote a healthy lifestyle and at the same time help the school raise funds to purchase alternative seating for its staff and students.
Natalie Johnson, the principal at St. John Nepomuk Catholic School, said the students and staff will host its second annual Falcon 5K on Sept. 29.
The event is being co-sponsored by Integris Canadian Valley Hospital.
“The mission of the race is to promote health and wellness for our school campus, church campus and the Yukon community,” she said.
Last year’s inaugural event drew almost 300 participants and helped the 205-student school raise enough money to replace outdated water fountains with those that will fill reusable water bottles.
As a result, the school was named as one Oklahoma’s healthiest schools.
This year, Johnson said the hope is to raise enough funds to purchase alternative-style seating that could include things like wobble stools, yoga balls or bicycle desks. Those items can be used to help keep students focused.
The school serves students from pre-K to eighth grade.
The event will have two options for runners — a 5k, which starts at 8:30, or a 1-mile fun run, that begins at 8.
Both start and finish at the school.
Registration for either event is $35 each or $50 for both before the day of the race. On race day, the fee will be higher.
It is USATF-certified race, as is the course.
It also is part of the Landrunners’ Club’s race series, and members can earn points for participating.
For more information, go to bit.ly/falcon5k.