by Jennifer Frakes

The first annual Carmel Valley 5K and Kid’s Fun Run will take place on December 8, 2012, and promises to be fun for the whole family. “This race is bringing together all eight Del Mar Unified School District (DMUSD) schools, as well as the community-at-large, for a morning of fitness and fun,” said Katie Wilsey, race director. “It’s also designed to bring awareness to the lack of funding for important school programs, and help raise money for this worthy cause.” According to Wilsey, the best part of the event is that all the money raised will go directly to support Carmel Valley and Del Mar area schools, allowing runners and sponsors to positively impact their local community.

Both the 5K and the Kid’s Fun Run will begin at Carmel Del Mar Elementary School, with the 5K start time scheduled for 7:30 a.m. and the Fun Run scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. The 5K is open to all ages six and up, and the Fun Run is open to kindergartners through sixth graders. Wilsey describes the 5K course as “challenging and unique,” with beautiful scenery that includes some rolling hills. The Kid’s Fun Run will be a non-competitive one-mile course on the grounds of the school. “This is a great way to involve your children in a healthy lifestyle and benefit the Del Mar School Education Foundation (DMSEF) at the same time,” expressed Wilsey. All participants will receive a medal.

As stated by Wilsey, the DMSEF is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for science, art, music, technology and P.E. at all eight DMUSD schools. She encourages those who may not want to run in the event, but are still interested in participating in the fundraiser to contact her for volunteer or sponsorship opportunities. “I’m glad to say that each school has a parent volunteering, which is awesome. In addition, we have several members of the community who don’t even have kids in school—they are just trying to help make the event a success, and the community a better place to live,” declared Wilsey.

Approximately 1,000 runners are expected and spots are limited, so Wilsey encourages everyone to sign up as soon as possible. In addition, those who register before November 1st will receive a discount, as will those who sign up multiple family members.