Are You Faster Than a 5th Grader?

April 26, 2016


Contact: Tammy Dodderidge, communications manager, (913) 279-2225

Fifth graders in the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools are lacing up their running shoes for the annual Are You Faster Than a 5th Grader run/walk.

The annual event will take place Friday, April 29. The event brings together all KCKPS 5th grade students, Superintendent Dr. Cynthia Lane, district administrators and staff, and community leaders and patrons for a morning of friendly competition and physical activity. Mayor Mark Holland will be among the community leaders taking part, and a number of 5th grade parents will also be running and/or walking.

Walkers will start their one-mile route at 10 a.m. at Eisenhower Middle School and end at the Washington High School stadium. Runners will begin their two-mile route at 10:30 a.m. at Kansas City Kansas Community College and end at the Washington stadium.

Dr. Lane launched Are You Faster Than a 5th Grader in 2012 as a way to promote physical fitness to students and to encourage overall wellness.

Awards for the run will be given to the first 15 5th grade girls and first 15 5th grade boys to finish, the top 15 overall 5th grade finishers, and the school with the most students to cross the finish line before Dr. Lane.

This year marks the 5th anniversary of the event.

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Melissa Fears • Communications Office
2010 N. 59th Street • Kansas City, KS 66104 • 913-279-2242