Spring for Kids Run means $$ for classroom grants

321 runners and walkers completed the 10th annual Spring for Kids Run on March 16, raising over $11,000 for Corvallis public schools.

The event supports the Mini Grants for Educational Excellence, a program of the Corvallis Public Schools Foundation.

The winning times for the 10k were Steve Allen of Corvallis, with a time of 36:05.1 in the men’s division and Emily Dimick of Dallas, with a time of 43:11.6 in the women’s division. The winning times for the 5k were Crescent Valley running coach Tyler Bushnell with a time of 17:49 in the men’s division and April Turple, a language arts teacher at Crescent Valley, with a time of 21:34.7. The 2k Family Fun Run was a non-competitive event and all student participants received an awards ribbon at the finish line.

The Corvallis Public Schools Foundation Spring for Kids Run has become a Corvallis tradition, serving as the unofficial kick off for spring running. According to Executive Director Brenda VanDevelder, “Last year, we added the 10k event and created three new courses. This year we added the Healthy Moves Expo. Our goal is to keep growing this event and generating even more dollars for the Mini-Grants program. We appreciate the involvement of so many volunteers and local businesses and organizations.”

The Healthy Moves Expo featured a dozen exhibits from local wellness and healthy activity organizations. Highlights included karate demonstrations by students of Aurora Martial Arts, a fire safety demonstration trailer hosted by the Corvallis Fire Department and a mini-soccer area managed by Corvallis Sports Park. A crowd favorite was the display by Underwater Audio, a local innovator, showcasing their technology to waterproof iPods and swimbud headphones. Setting the tone for fun, the Adams Elementary School Marimba Ensemble performed throughout the event in the finish area. View complete results for the event.