More than 100 family members, alumni and supporters put feet to the pavement for Andover School of Montessori’s first Fun Run on Saturday, May 4.
The event kicked off with a Fun Run for kids led by the school’s physical education teacher, Terry Cook. Children ages 3 to 11, separated into five heats by age, ran dashes around the Montessori campus on South Main Street.
The 5K followed, with both runners and walkers taking off on the course from Alderbrook Street across from the school. While most of the participants were current Montessori School family members, some alumni as well as runners from the general community joined the race as well. The top three male and female finishers received gift certificates for Asics running shoes.
100 Decibelz, a local kids band, entertained the crowd with classic rock and its lead singer led the crowd in the national anthem before the start of the race.
Heav’nly Donuts in both North Reading and North Andover, Pazzo Gelato in North Andover and Stop and Shop in North Reading donated food items and paper goods for the day. Shirts from bPositive, which produced the event T-shirt, were for sale and Road ID donated the running numbers and some raffle gifts. Other raffle prizes were also awarded.
The event raised more than $2,000, which will support various projects at the school. Organizers hope to make the Fun Run an annual event. For more, visit www.andovermontessori.org.