Getting Ready for 2014!
Our 3rd annual Great Gator race will be April 26th, 2014. Early-bird registration will begin January 1st. We are excited to announce that we will be working with Commonwealth Timing for next year’s run, so we can accommodate the many runners that support our race. Thank you to all who have participated, whether by running or volunteering! The proceeds from our 2013 race have been used to purchase:
5 new Promethean Smart Boards for our classrooms
16 Document cameras and
12 Wireless cards
The wireless cards will bring internet service into our classroom trailers, as well as give us additional SOL testing labs. That will cut our SOL testing time by two weeks! All of these will surely have a huge impact on classroom learning.
Stay tuned for future updates regarding registration for 2014. We look forward to seeing you then!
–The Race Committee
About The Great Gator Race to the Future 2013
Swift Creek Elementary School hosted the second annual Great Gator 5K and Kid’s Fun Run on Saturday, April 27th 2013. We will have the next one in April of 2014.
About the 2013 Race:
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.
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 350 runners! What an amazing turn out for our very first year! We anticipate over 500 for 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. Please note: You must register by April 10th to be guaranteed a Race Shirt!
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.
Register online starting January 1st! We look forward to seeing you at the race.