Lace Up For Learning Attracts Record Number

A record number of runners and a beautiful day made the 4th annual Lace Up For Learning 5K, 10K, and Mile Run a wonderfully successful event. More than 680 students and staff from 32 District’s 33 schools participated, making up almost half of the runners, according to Amy Geiger, Executive Director of the Cedar Rapids Community Schools Foundation.
Among the highlights was the third place overall finish of a 10-year-old runner from Wright Elementary School, with a time of 25:29. She had trained with the new running club at Wright organized by PE teacher Tanner Roos. Additionally, a seven-year-old runner from Polk Elementary School finished with a time of 48:34.
“Lace Up For Learning continues to be a terrific way to introduce kids to fitness and the joy of running,” Geiger added. “Many parents join their children on the course, making this a great family event.”
Additionally, the race is becoming known for its one-of-a-kind Olympic style finish on the track at Kingston Stadium and offers the only 10K course in this area. Participation has increased each year.
Proceeds from Lace Up For Learning benefit the Foundation’s efforts to fund a variety of District projects, programs, equipment and curriculum related needs that enhance the educational experience for students.