Weddington High School 5K raises money for the national cancer society
For Weddington High School business teacher Tom Schwartz, this weekend’s Run to Honor 5k will have an extra special meaning.
This year Schwartz will run the race in memory of both of his parents who died from cancer. His sister, a two-time cancer survivor, will also be front and center in his mind, and her name along with that of his parents will appear on the back of his shirt. He will join hundreds of other runners who also will personalize their race t-shirts with the names of those special people in their lives who have lived and sometimes even died from cancer.
“If you are sitting in a classroom and ask kids if they know anyone with cancer or if they have been impacted by cancer, everyone will raise their hands,” Schwartz said. “Cancer affects all of us in one way or another.”
This was the premise under which the idea for a school fundraiser came about, he explains. Weddington’s first ever Weddington Run to Honor 5k, held in 2009, raised more than $3,500 for the American Cancer Society through the Union County Relay for Life, and has evolved into a school tradition. Last year’s second annual effort raised more than $4,000.
The third annual Weddington Run to Honor 5k takes place Saturday, April 9, and is a day to run or walk in honor of these loved ones while raising money for a great cause, Schwarz explained. Families, children, teens and adults can submit their registration online at www.active.com through 8 p.m. Friday, April 8, or go to Weddington High School’s website to print registration forms off and submit them on the morning of the race. Entry costs are $20 for individuals and $40 for families.
Registration for the Weddington Run to Honor 5K begins at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 9, an hour before the start of the half-mile fun run. Participants can register for both the Fun Run and the 5k or just one. “Last year we had over 100 people participate in the fun run alone,” Schwartz said. “The fun run is a great event for children, families, or people who would like to participate but don’t necessarily want to race.” The 5K will begin shortly thereafter at 9:30 a.m., and runners will traverse Twelve Mile Creek and Deal roads around the high school.
“A lot of school clubs help to organize the event and make sure it runs smoothly,” Schwartz said. “The National Honor Society, the FBLA, the DLCA and the French Club have all participated and will again this year.” This year, the Weddington High School Key Club also is playing a role.
Schwartz would like to encourage all families and individuals to come out and participate. “This is a great community event – a great family event.”