More than 200 runners wound through the heart of Sandy Springs on a crisp, sunny Saturday morning as part of Sandy Springs Education Force’s 2nd Annual Footprints for the Future 5K Road Race and 1K Family Fun Run.
The event was held Nov. 14 at Lake Forest Elementary School. A certified Peachtree Road Race qualifier, this year’s Footprints for the Future 5K included chip timing and a professional finish line provided by Georgia Multisports Productions.
Race proceeds of almost tripled from 2014, and will fund Sandy Springs Education Force’s programs that inspire and help students in all eleven Sandy Springs public schools to complete high school and pursue productive lives after graduation.
“We are thrilled that the Sandy Springs community’s support for our Footprints for the Future race has grown so much in just two years, and we’re grateful to the runners, parents, students, principals, teachers, city officials and business leaders who sponsored the race, spread the word about it and came out to run and watch,” said Irene Schweiger, executive director of Sandy Springs Education Force. ”Everyone really came together to make this a successful, fun event for an important cause that impacts our entire city, and we can’t wait to make next year’s race even bigger and better.”
An army of enthusiastic race volunteers included North Springs Charter High School JROTC students and Sandy Springs police officers, who braved the brisk morning to monitor the race course; students from Riverwood International Charter School’s Culinary Arts program, who distributed healthy homemade snacks; and members of North Springs’ Health Occupations Students of America club, who provided free health screenings.
Thirty-six businesses and individuals support the race. Major sponsors for Footprints for the Future 2015 included: The Couchman Noble Foundation; Cox Communications; Comcast; Mitchell & Shapiro, LLC; Optech; Bodyfitz; Elaine Sterling Institute; Fleet Feet Sports; Hoffman & Associates; Indigo Payments; Phidippides; Sweet Tomatoes; Tijuana Joes Cantina, and Whole Foods.
To learn more about Sandy Springs Education Force, Footprints for the Future and SSEF’s other programs, visit www.sandyspringseducationforce.org.
Photo 1: the 5K race begins.
Photo 2: Overall men’s and women’s winners, Riverwood cross country runners Madison McQuary and Benny Soran.
Photo 3: JROTC from North Springs volunteered to assist with course monitoring.
Credits: Sandy Springs Education Force