Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Lace Up for Learning Brings Together Community to Support Schools

The 2nd annual Lace Up for Learning 5k & Mascot Mini Mile was a huge success! Nearly 1,000 race participants laced up to “fun-race” for their schools on an unseasonably chilly November 15th morning at Brambleton Town Center.

This family-oriented 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 in its second year.

Mascots were on-hand to cheer the youngest participants in at the finish of the Mascot Mini Mile (Kids’ Fun Run). Bruno, Brambleton’s blue bird mascot was a huge hit with the kids!

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 $10,338 to benefit Brambleton’s schools:

Legacy Elementary PTO – 29%
2 -
Creighton's Corner PTA - 20%
3 -
St. Theresa School in Ashburn, Virginia – 18%
4 -
Moorefield Station Elementary School - 8.2%
5 -
Stone Hill Middle School - 8.1%
6 -
Rock Ridge High School PTSO - 7%
7 -
Briar Woods High School- 4%
8 -
The Boyd School - 2%
Only 6% of the registrations did not designate a beneficiary school.

As a condition of receiving event funds, beneficiary schools were required to provide volunteer support in addition to registrants. Nearly 200 volunteers braved the cold and supported the event including Briar Woods High School Key Club members and Cub Scout Pack 1500. 

Nearly 100 Brambleton Kids Run the Nation kids and their families participated in the race as the culminating event of the fall season. Other teams included Girls On the Run and Dulles South Cross Country. The #1 team was Brambleton Kids Run the Nation for the second year in a row!

The School 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 2014 enrollment).  St. Theresa School took home the win and received a $500 bonus as well as a trophy to keep until next year’s event! They had an impressive 42% represented!

Major sponsors included: The Brambleton Group, Kelly Insurance Agency, Brambleton Kids Run the Nation, Northern Virginia Orthodontics, Little Smies Family Dentistry, Huntington Learning Center, Joe Knows Real Estate – Powered by REMAX Gateway, Mainstreet Mailboxes and More, Bloo Dental, Northern Virginia Sports Academy, PolarisSmart, and SpiderSmart, among many others.

The event was organized by Brambleton resident Ashley Campolattaro through her business, Families in Training, which also coordinates the popular Brambleton Kids Run the Nation youth running program.  For more event details, including a link to race results,  visit:

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