The Foundation for Shrewsbury Education (FSE) will be hosting the 20th annual Shrewsbury 5K Classic and One-Mile Any Style on October 19. FSE expects more than 300 participants to turn out for the day’s events, which include the 5K race, a one-mile race, and a kiddie dash. The race will start and finish at Shrewsbury Borough School, and runners will be able to visit the post-race expo, where there will be free food, drinks, music, and other goods from local businesses.
The 5K is one of FSE’s two annual fundraisers, with the proceeds going to support the advancement of technology and extracurricular academic programs at Shrewsbury Borough School. This year, FSE has purchased $100,000 in hardware to update the school’s Mac lab and laptop cart, and will provide scholarship opportunities for SBS students to attend programs such as the Stars Challenge at Monmouth University and Small Factory Production’s renowned “Create-A-Cartoon” class.
“We are so excited to once again host the 5K, which is a great event bringing the Shrewsbury and SBS communities together,” said Jen Gilmartin, race coordinator and FSE vice president. “Last year was our biggest race ever, and we hope for that same level of participation this year. We urge everyone to come join in the fun, whether you walk or run the 5K or one-mile race, or just come out as a spectator. This year, we are hoping for a greater amount of students participating in the races – so parents, sign your kids up!”
FSE is pleased to announce that Shrewsbury Car Wash will once again be the title sponsor of the 5K, and businesses wishing to sponsor the race can contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Runners can register for the race online at http://shrewsburyfoundation.org or at www.raceforum.com/shrewsbury. The cost for the 5K is $30 in advance, $35 on the day of the race, and the cost of the one-mile race is $25 in advance, $30 on race day. The kiddie dash is free and is for kids up to fifth grade. Packet pickup for the race will be Friday, October 17 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, October 18 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Road Runner Sports on Route 35 in Shrewsbury. Registration on race day will begin at 7:30 a.m. at Shrewsbury Borough School, 20 Obre Place in Shrewsbury.
The One-Mile Any Style race will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the 5K race will begin at 9:00 a.m. and will take runners on a USATF certified course through the neighborhoods of Shrewsbury. The kiddie dash will take place at the school at 10:30 a.m., following the awards presentation. Refreshments will be provided to runners at a post-race expo, along with goods and services from various local businesses.
FSE is a group of Shrewsbury Borough School parents who raise funds to support technology and other educational programs at SBS not funded in the school budget. “FSE has continued to help our small pre-K through eighth grade school thrive through its generosity and focused efforts to enjoin our local community in a concentrated fundraising campaign to bring our students much-needed tools and stimulating extracurricular opportunities,” said Shrewsbury Borough School Superintendent Brent MacConnell. “The Shrewsbury Borough School district receives very little state aid from the state of New Jersey, but we take our obligation to educate and prepare our students for the 22nd century very seriously. The foundation has continually supported these efforts and has made sure that our students have access to state-of-the-art technology and outstanding afterschool enrichment opportunities. I am thankful for the efforts of the FSE this year and beyond as they continue their steadfast support of SBS.”
For more information on FSE, to register for the race, or to donate, please visit http://shrewsburyfoundation.org.