When the snow starts to melt and the temperatures begin to rise, joggers from all over the community emerge from their basement or gym treadmills, like bears from hibernation, to run on nearby roads.
Four the fourth consecutive year, those joggers — and anyone else who wants to help out a great cause — will gather at Valley Stream North High School for the annual Spartan 5K Run/Walk on March 16 to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Last year, the event raised $3,700 and featured about 300 runners. Anne Schroeder, a North science teacher, plays a major role in organizing the event each year, along withMike Frazer, a North track coach and science teacher. Frazer organizes the technical aspects or the race, including mapping out the route through the streets of Franklin Square and setting up water stations, while Schroeder does more behind-the-scenes work, like handling the paperwork.
“When you get 300 people out on the starting line at the track you realize that you’re really doing some good and all the hard work is worth it,” Frazer said. “Not only to make a donation to a charity, but also the fact that the community can come together for an event like this…it’s nice to be able to do that. The spirit of North High School and this Valley Stream community is alive and kicking.”
The race begins on the North track, winds through local streets and ends on the same track it started.
ABOUT THE RACE
Valley Stream North High School will host its fourth annual Spartan 5K Run/Walk in an effort to raise money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
When: Saturday, March 16
Race time: Fun Run (one lap) 8:30 a.m.; 5K Walk/Run 9 a.m.
Where: Starting on the track of Valley Stream North High School, 750 Herman Ave. Franklin Square
Registration or donation: www.VSCHSD.org, click on North High School link or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Entry fee: Through March 15 — $20; Day of race — $25; North students — $15
Awards: Top three male and top three female overall finishers.
Medals also awarded to the top three males and the top three females in designated age categories.
All Fun Run participants receive a certificate.