Washington Elementary School holds 4th Annual Roadrunner Run on new field

Washington Elementary Schools Roadrunner Run will be held this Friday from 9:50 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the schools renovated field. The walk/jog/run-a-thon has been sponsored jointly by the school and the PTA every other year since the Fall of 1993.

PTA Event Chairman, John Friedenbach said that he expects nearly 100 percent turnout from the 378 K-6 students as well as a handful of parent volunteers to participate in the Roadrunner Run. Children in kindergarten through 2nd grade will walk or run for 20 minutes and students from 3rd through 6th for 30 minutes. Each participant receives a T-shirt in the morning as well as a popsicle upon completion of the race. The start of the race times are 9:50, 10:20, 10:50, 11:30 a.m. and 12:10 p.m.

Freidenbach said that the Roadrunner Run has raised more than $30,000 since 1993. This year he expects the pledges from the community to reach at least $8,000. The money helps support the technology program, school-wide student activities and PTA activities.

This is the first event that will be held on the newly renovated field at Washington Elementary. Eureka Rotary, the Humboldt Area Foundation, Redwood Empire Little League, Humboldt Youth Soccer, St. Bernards High School and Eureka City School formed a successful community partnership to transform the blacktop-like ground to the new field.

The $75,000 project was completed in August after installing an irrigation system and grass. The new facilities also feature new backstops, dugouts, bleachers, baseball diamonds, restrooms, a snack bar and improved drainage system.

The Roadrunner Run will be held at Washington Elementary School, located at 3322 Dolbeer St., Eureka. For more information about the Roadrunner Run, contact Kathleen Honsal, principal or a PTA member at 441-2547.