OktobeRun was truly a FUN RUN!
We were so fortunate to be able to both participate in and sponsor this wonderful community event that had an impact on so many. The rain stopped just in time for us all to hit the running trail in the 6th annual OktobeRun last Saturday! It was a day where more than 1,200 registered runners ran a beautiful path in downtown Redwood City – and we were among them!
It was a sea of blue race-day shirts making its way through the Redwood City downtown corridor, over the freeway and across to the waterfront and back around. Strollers, children, entire families and groups of costumed runners cheerily rounded each corner with delight.
Signs with the names of the Redwood City schools could be seen amongst the group of runners who took their mark for the 7:45 a.m. start of the 5K. For many schools, this is their “walk-a-thon,” prompting a ton of spirited fun runners along the course. The energy was positive and there were cheers around every corner as runner weaved their way through the coned-off downtown.
There were competitive runners that hit the USA Track & Field-certified half-marathon and serious and fun runners who enjoyed the 5K run.
We were so proud to be Presenting Sponsors of such a great community event that brought us all together to get moving. And it wasn’t just the fun aspect that caught our attention and made us want to join forces to highlight this great race.
The proceeds for the OktobeRun go directly to the Redwood City Education Foundation, which has been working since 1983 to advance and enrich educational opportunities for the more than 9,000 K-8 students who attend the 16 schools in the Redwood City School District. One-hundred percent of the proceeds from the OktobeRun help to fund music education, SMART innovation grants, Outdoor Education and vital health and wellness programs that students rely on.
Interestingly the runners who signed up for the OktobeRun are highly educated and affluent, according to statistics produced by race officials. In fact, 76 percent of the core runners in the race have earned a college diploma and 73 percent report a household income of more than $75,000.
We are anxiously awaiting the final numbers on how much money the Redwood City School District will prosper from. We should know by Thursday, so stay tuned… Who knows, maybe we will let you all know how long it took Joyce and Tatum to run a 5K?
We’ll definitely be lacing up our sneakers to enjoy another great OktobeRun race! What a win-win – a wonderful community event that has such a positive impact on our neighborhood schools.