The Bullard Education Foundation has announced details regarding the upcoming ninth annual BEF Strides for Excellence Fun Run, to be held 8 p.m. Friday, March 30, on the grounds of the Bullard Independent School District.
“We are super excited about this year’s event because it’s always great to see the Bullard community come together to support a worthy cause such an organization giving back to students at Bullard ISD,” said Erin Thiem, BEF president. “It’s our biggest fundraiser event of the year. It’s a great family event that allows us to glow brightly for education at our local school district.”
Participants will take part in the event’s second annual BEF Strides for Excellence 5K Color Glow Run, to run during nighttime, continuing the event’s transition from a color fun run to a glow-in-the-dark race.
“BEF is all about striving and promoting innovation in our children’s educational experience while attending Bullard ISD schools,” said Thiem. “We feel that having a glow run is more innovative than a regular color run race; a lot of organizations are now having color runs, but we’re unique and innovative at Bullard, both in our event planning and educational ideas.”
According to Thiem, who served as a member of BEF last year, said the inaugural event last year received positive feedback from participants and attendees.
“We heard how fun the event was, especially the party at the end of the race,” said Thiem. “I think a lot of people enjoyed the new aspect of the run, and they certainly glowed all around the Bullard ISD campuses. The event was enjoyed by all participants, both children and adults.”
Similar to last year’s race, runners will start at Bullard High School and begin down Panther Crossing towards the intersection of School House Rd. Runners will continue to the front of the Bullard Intermediate School drop-off line, then go through the Bullard Middle School drop- off line and come back past the BHS Baseball Complex to the Bullard Early Childhood Campus bus circle.
After making the circle at BECC, racers will return towards the baseball fields and continue down Panther Crossing, taking the traffic loop around the Bullard Elementary School and Bullard Primary School campuses. The route will bring runners back to Panther Crossing, where they will continue down to the road, going past the BHS Agriculture Building and behind BHS. The finish line and celebration party location will be at the BHS campus.
Sponsorships for the second annual BEF Strides for Excellence 5K Glow Run are currently available to individuals and businesses wanting to take part in the event.
Transformational Partner sponsorships, which include all Color Glow Run items, teacher grant presentation inclusion, student scholarship presentation, table host at scholarship banquet, invitation and eight tickets to scholarship banquet, one reader selection for BEF grant reviews, media recognition on BEF website and at all events, and reserved parking spot outside Bullard High School, are available for $5,000.
Innovative Partner sponsorships, which include all Color Glow Run items, invitation and four tickets to scholarship banquet, one reader selection for BEF grant reviews, and media recognition on BEF website and at all events, are available for $2,500.
Visionary Partner sponsorships, including all Color Glow Run items, invitation and two tickets to scholarship banquet, and media recognition on BEF website and at all events, are available for $1,000.
All sponsorships including Color Glow run items include name or logo highlighted on back of event T-shirts, color specific T-shirt with company logo, name or logo on posters, name or logo on printed promotional materials, name or logo on website, banner on sound stage, opportunity to promote business from sound stage, four Color Glow Run single entries, and four Color Glow Run T-shirts.
Excellence Partner sponsorships, which include name or logo on back of T-shirts, name or logo on posters, name or logo on printed promotional materials, name or logo on website, name on sign on race route, three Color Glow Run entries, and three Color Glow Run T-Shirts, are available for $500.
Community Partner sponsorships, which include name or logo at glow station, name on printed promotional materials, name on website, two Color Glow Run entries, and two Color Glow Run shirts, are available for $250.
Grass Root Partner sponsorships, which include name on sign at the Color Glow Run finish line, name on website, one Color Glow Run entry, and one Color Glow Run shirt, are available for $100.
As for registration for the second annual BEF Strides for Excellence 5K Color Glow Run, the event’s early registration will cost $35 and last until Wednesday, Feb. 14.
Regular registration for this year’s Color Glow Run event will last from Thursday, Feb. 15 – Wednesday, Feb. 28 at a cost of $40.
The final opportunity to register before the second annual BEF Strides for Excellence 5K Color Glow Run will be throughout the month of March, with registration costing $45 from Thursday, March 1 – Thursday, March 29.
For registration the day of the event, runners will still be able to sign up and pay a $45 registration fee.
Children ages 12 years and younger will be able to register for $20, and children in strollers will be able to participate for free.
Runners electing to register for the event prior to Thursday, March 15 will be guaranteed a second annual BEF Strides for Excellence 5K Color Glow Run event T-Shirt.
Race packets will be available for pick-up on Thursday, March 29, at a location to be determined.
Since its founding in May 2009, BEF has awarded more than $370,000 in grants to Bullard ISD teachers, providing finances for innovative teaching materials, scholarships, and technology in Bullard ISD classrooms.
Registration and sponsorship forms for the event, as well as more information about BEF, can be found at www.bullardeducationfoundation.org. For questions about the inaugural BEF Strides for Excellence 5K Glow Run, email firstname.lastname@example.org.