Spring is in the air in Chapel Hill (okay, it’s still a little nippy, but go with me on this), and that means charity-5K season is underway.

One of the biggest annual races is this Saturday: the 5K for Education, hosted by the Public School Foundation to raise funds for Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools. (The race was formerly the “5K For Fitness”; it changed its name last year.)

The run begins at 9 am in McCorkle Place on the UNC campus. Hundreds of runners of all ages will take to the streets, with prizes for the winners in a variety of age groups.

(If you’re between ages 18 and 44, you’ll also have a chance to sign up for the national bone marrow donor registry. The PSF is hosting the registration on behalf of a 12-year-old CHCCS student named Henry who’s fighting severe aplastic anemia and needs a donor.)

Proceeds will go to CHCCS and the Public School Foundation – which provides resources for classroom projects, professional development grants, suport for teachers and district-wide programs like Blue Ribbon Mentor Advocate, and more. In the last 10 years, the Foundation has raised more than three million dollars for Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools.

Christine Cotton and Lynn Lehmann of the Public School Foundation – joined by Northside Elementary Teacher Nancy Hilburn – discussed the 5K For Education with Aaron Keck on WCHL.


Visit this page to register for the 5K For Education and to get more info.