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Run for the U is 5k Run/Walk to benefit Ed Foundation

Runners and walkers can show their support for the Education Foundation by participating in its 5K Run for the U, held this year on April 18, 2015.

Hundreds of runners and walkers are expected to converge on the streets of historic downtown Monroe this weekend for the 2015 Run for the U 5K.

The course for the April 18 run/walk will wind through the streets of historic downtown Monroe. Area residents can show their support for the programs of the Union County Education Foundation by participating in the event, which begins Saturday at 8:00 am.

All proceeds from the event will go toward the Foundations programs that Support Students and Encourage Educators by providing grants for teachers and college scholarships for high school seniors.

The teacher LIFT grant (Leadership and Innovative Funding for Teachers) program provides funding for teachers to design and implement creative opportunities that directly benefit students in their classrooms.

The college scholarship program awards $1,000 to deserving seniors based on academic scholarship, extracurricular activities and financial need.

Registration is $30 online or on race day, if participants prefer to register the morning of the race.

The 5K course will start and finish at the Downtown Plaza, located in front of the Union County Government Center. The course heads down Main Street, passes Sunset Park, and comes back through downtown Monroe, passing the historic Courthouse on the way to the finish line.

Race organizers note that the course is relatively flat, easy for walkers and is stroller-friendly.

Early packet pick-up and registration is available Friday, April 17, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Bonfire Grill located at 6751 Old Monroe Road, Indian Trail.

Race Day will start at 7:30 a.m. with registration and packet pick-up. Participants may register the morning of the race. The 5K will start at 8:00 a.m. followed by the Awards Ceremony at approximately 9:15 a.m.

Queen City Timing will provide timing services. Online registration is available at www.queencitytiming.com

For additional information, call Amy Sperry at (704) 296-0725 or email her at info@ucedfoundation.org

Written by: Deb Coates Bledsoe - UCPS Communications Coordinator
Posted: Apr 13, 2015 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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