The inaugural Lace Up forLearning 5k & Mascot Mini Mile was a huge success. More than 600 people laced up to support their schools on a crisp November morning at BrambletonTown Center.
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This family-oriented “fun-racing” event included a USATF certified 5k course and a kids’ fun run. Designed to encourage a healthy lifestyle and engage local communities in support of their schools, the event exceeded expectations for a first-year event.
Registrants designated their preferred beneficiary school during the registration process, which directed funds to their school. A strong turnout and generous sponsorship support from the business community allowed a total of $8,350 to benefit Brambleton’s schools:
Legacy Elementary School PTO raised $4,006.00
Creighton’s Corner Elementary School PTA raised $2,288.00
Moorefield Station Elementary School PTO raised $971.00
Stone Hill Middle School PTO raised $928.00
Briar Woods High School Key Club raised $826.00
As a condition of receiving event funds, beneficiary schools were required to provide volunteer support in addition to registrants. More than 125 volunteers supported the event including 65 Briar Woods High School Key Club members and Cub Scout Pack 1500.
Participants donned their school spirit wear with pride and a number of school mascots were on-hand at the finish line to cheer in the younger runners in the Mascot Mini Mile. Nearly 100 Brambleton Kids Run the Nation kids and their families participated in the race as the culminating event of the fall season.
The event was dedicated in the memory of Alex Lamme. Alex was a long-time Brambleton resident who passed away suddenly in April. He is survived by his wife, Janae, and four children. Friends and family of the Lammes wore blue “In Memory of Alex” shirts at the event. Alex’s Father and a partner from the law firm where Alex worked for 14 years spoke at the event. An education trust fund was established for the children in conjunction with the Lace Up event and $6,250 was contributed to the fund.
The Alex Lamme Memorial Spirit Award was presented to the school providing the most volunteer support and registered participants (combined total as a percentage of the school’s total 2013-2014 enrollment). Legacy Elementary was the recipient school and received a $500 bonus as well as a trophy to keep until next year’s event!
The event was organized by Families in Training, a local small business that also coordinates the popular Brambleton Kids Run the Nation youth running program. “I look forward to growing this event in the coming years, “ said Event Organizer, Ashley Campolattaro, owner of Families in Training.