Thank you for supporting The Great Gator 5k and Swift Creek Elementary School! Our 2014 race was a huge success. We were thrilled with the fabulous turnout for the race, as well as the positive feedback we got from so many of you. It was a great day to celebrate fitness and have fun as a school and a community!
This was the Great Gator’s third year, and with your support we are putting technology directly in the classrooms and into the hands of our students. This will assist the education of students for years to come. Each of you made this possible, and we truly thank you. We need to thank our generous sponsors who contributed to this event. Those that joined us on race day really added to the festive atmosphere! Also many thanks go out to Mr. Fillman, Mrs. Innes, and the faculty who came out and enjoyed the day with us.
We have put together a slideshow highlighting some of our favorite moments from the day:
We look forward to seeing you April 25th, 2015 for next year’s race!
-The Great Gator 2014 Race Committee
Our 2014 Sponsors:
Thanks so much to following local businesses for supporting our race!
5k Title Sponsor:
About The Great Gator Race to the Future
Swift Creek Elementary School hosted the third annual Great Gator 5K and Kid’s Fun Run on Saturday, April 26th 2014. We will have the next one April 25th, 2015. We have raised approximately $25,000 in the last three years! These profits go directly to our school technology fund.
The course will traverse the roads and pathways of Brandermill, beginning and ending at the SCES campus. This event will focus on celebrating healthy living as a community while benefiting SCES’ technology initiative.
Thank you to all who have participated, whether by running or volunteering! Stay tuned for future updates regarding registration for 2015.
The Great Gator 5K is funded by sponsor donations and runner entry fees. All profits will fund the purchase of handheld technology that will be used in classroom learning. Many studies have shown the benefits for students who get hands-on learning using these devices as well as other classroom aids such as large touch screens and projectors. Our school is in need of updating its technology; this is not something that Chesterfield County can always provide. By fundraising within the community, we can bridge the gap and help students “Race into the Future” through participation in an increasingly global society.
Race day will include the 5K, a Kid’s Fun Run, and a festive after-race party.We have all ready received a huge, positive response from the school and surrounding communities. Last year we had over 500 runners! We expect even more this year! In addition to race participants, we expect to welcome families cheering on the runners. This population creates an amazing opportunity for businesses to reach a wide audience.
In an effort to reduce expenses and maximize the dollars available to donate to the school, sponsorship opportunities are being offered. Sponsorship can be in the form of cash donations, in-kind donations of food, prizes, give-aways or race-team participation. Several levels of sponsorship are available with many providing advertising during the race. Sponsors will also have the option to purchase a booth at the race. You can download the sponsorship packet now. Sponsorship inquiries may be made to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Children are welcome and encouraged to participate; parents will need to supervise their children on the 5K course. It is recommended that an adult accompany younger children. A 20 minute Kid’s Fun Run is available on the SCES campus for ages 12 and under.
The Great Gator 5K is a community-wide event. All are encouraged to join the fun. Runners/walkers with strollers are welcome on the 5K course. In consideration of the safety of all participants, no animals, skateboards, bikes, scooters or skates will be allowed in the official race area.
The Kid’s Fun Run race entry fee includes a race t-shirt. 5K participants will receive a t-shirt, medal and a swag bag filled with various freebies from sponsors.
Registration will be online only. Space permitting, race day registration may be available but those runners are not guaranteed a shirt and will be placed in the last starting wave regardless of runner pace.
We look forward to seeing you in 2015!