Rain or chilly weather will not stop Oct. 5 Foundation 5K and Family Carnival

Posted on September 13, 2013 - 3:14pm
District News

Update: The forecast of possible rain or chilly weather becomes a reality, it will not stop the family fun!  It the weather doesn't cooperate, the 2K and 5K runs will take place as scheduled, but the Family Carnival, Panther Run for kids, and concessions will move indoors - into the high school gyms. Big fun!

The Spring Lake Park Schools Panther Foundation, in partnership with the Spring Lake Park School District, is proud to announce the 3rd Annual 5K and Family Carnival on Saturday, October 5 – to kick-off Homecoming week - at Panther Stadium on the Spring Lake Park High School campus. 

It’s family-friendly fun, it’s a great morning for the entire family with both a 5K and 2K Run/Walk, Panther Run for Kids, and Family Carnival.  There will also be booths featuring community organizations and sponsors, and concessions provided by the Spring Lake Park Lions Club.

The 5K and 2K Run/Walk is rain or shine. The Family Carnival may be moved indoors in the event of rain.

Online registration is open now and early bird rates are available until September 22 – and pre-registration will make check-in at the event much quicker.  Registration on the day of the event begins at 9:00 am in the high school main entrance/rotunda.  Full details and online registration here.

5K and 2K Walk/Runs

5K Run/Walk participants will start promptly at 10:00 am at Spring Lake Park High School’s Panther Stadium, travel around the high school property, move down Able Street towards Osborne, travel Osborne to Terrace, and then to 80th and back to the high school. This course is fun for the experienced runner or the casual walker with a stroller or wagon. The 2K will be a once-around-the-high school campus.

Panther Run for Kids

New this year is the Panther Run beginning at 9:30 am.  Kids will have a chance to run one lap around the track and try to catch the Spring Lake Park Panther mascot.

Family CarnivalFamily Carnival

In addition to the 5K & 2K, the Panther Foundation is hosting a Family Carnival to be held outdoors at Panther Stadium – and moved indoors in the event of rain. The Carnival, from 9:00 am - 12:00 noon, will feature huge inflatable bouncers, face painting, crazy hair, and other children's activities and entertainment. 

Evan Johnston, Panther Foundation chairperson, said "For the third year in a row, we look forward to bringing our community together on a beautiful fall Saturday to kick-off Homecoming Week and to promote health, wellness, and a sense of community.  At the same time we’ll raise awareness and some funds for the Panther Foundation’s efforts to turn contributions into grants and special projects that enrich teaching and learning and benefit students throughout the school district”

“I want to give a special thanks to Allina Health-Unity Hospital,” Johnston added, for its donation which will allow a number of families to participate in the event -- financially-- who otherwise might not have been able."

Walk/Run Registration Before Sept. 22

  • • $10 Under age 13
  • • $20 Age 13 and Older
  • • $50 Family 

Walk/Run After Sept. 22

  • $10 Under age 13
  • $25 Age 13 and Older
  • $60 Family 

Family Carnival Only

  • $5 Individual
  • $20 Family 

Free for kids 3 and under (but does not include a t-shirt)

* Fees includes 5K number, entrance to 2K or 5K Walk/Run, a t-shirt, and entrance to the Family Carnival

* Family fee includes up to two adults and four children residing in the same household.

Want to skip the Walk/Run and just attend the Family Carnival? Admission to the Carnival is $5 per person or $20 per family.

Colleen Pederson, the school district’s Director of Community Education, said: "The Spring Lake Park School District is thrilled with the community partnerships and connections resulting from such events.  We hope that even more families can attend this year’s third annual event.  The Panther Foundation has given so much back to our schools – over a half million dollars since 2004 --  so this is a great opportunity to both support them in this work, and have lots of family fun doing it!"

How can you participate or get involved in the 5K & Family Carnival?

Be a participant: Sign up online here
Volunteer: Contact event planners at pantherfoundation@district16.org
Sponsorship: Find out more here