You don't have to be a competitive runner or a hard-core walker to participate in this Saturday's Dash for Dollars 5K at
The first-ever on-campus fun run/walk is being organized by a student club trying to offset some of the costs of programs such as after-school tutoring, college guidance counseling, technology in the classroom and biotech equipment.
The race will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 28 at the Carlmont High School track.
"We started the club (Carlmont Student Academic Foundation) this year because there have been a lot of budget cuts and we thought it was time the students started raising some money ourselves for important programs," said students Gianna Dimick and Lauren Denney.
The club is reaching out beyond the Carlmont student body to members of the community and middle school students who will be coming to Carlmont in the future.
"You don't need to be affiliated with Carlmont to participate in the 5K," said Gianna.
"It's a great way for local families to check out the school in action and give their support," said parent volunteer Colleen Devlin who is assisting with the event.
This is the first year for the Carlmont Student Academic Foundation, which has 30 members who Devlin says are working hard to make this a successful event.
"There are three ways we are raising money," explained Lauren. "Through registration fees, sponsor donations and sponsorships."
The girls explained that business sponsors who donate between $250 and $2,000 will have their name on promotional signs, and they will have an opportunity to have a booth on the Carlmont track during the event.
"We'll be giving away prizes in every age group for fastest racers, fundraising winners and team spirit. And we and will have three levels of participants: high school students, adults and young kids," said Gianna.
The registration fee is $20 per participant, and every runner/walker will receive a collector's t-shirt and a slice of pizza.
Lauren said teams are encouraged to register together and will receive a fee discount. "Teams can get creative and wear costumes if they want," she added.
"We really want people to register and participate!" said Gianna.
In addition to participants, members of CSAF are also seeking donations from businesses and individuals to offset the cost of the event.
"We're looking for donations of food, gift cards for raffle prizes and cases of Gatorade and water," Lauren said.
For more information on race participation or sponsorship and volunteer opportunities, click here.
To register on campus, stop into the Carlmont High School office or click here