The annual Benicia Run for Education is much more than a race. Yes, the event draws out a large number of serious runners who compete for prizes. But it also allows people to support local schools, and bring them together in strong community spirit. This year, all are welcome to participate the morning of Sunday, April 23, regardless of running prowess, speed, abilities or disabilities. Participants assemble at the First Street Green at 8am, and complete a beautiful race course on the west side of downtown. Race Director Lisa Koenen said organizers pray for a clear day but are telling runners and walkers to come if it’s wet; the race takes place rain or shine.
A fundraiser hosted by the Benicia Education Foundation, the run draws more than 1,200 people and is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Both the 5K and the 10K courses are professionally chip-timed and certified by the USATF (USA Track & Field) so that runners can qualify for marathons. Those with no running skills can run or walk in the 5K, while the 10K is for runners only. After the morning’s activities, some Benicia businesses will have special offers to entice runners into their establishments. Race day volunteers are still needed. To learn more about how to participate in the run or to volunteer go to beniciarunforeducation.org.
Ten Reasons the Benicia Run for Education is a Win for All
- The race has strong community spirit and helps local schools.
- Entrance fees and sponsors help pay for $500 mini grants for each Benicia public school.
- Kids 12 and under can take part in the Kids Fun Run along the Benicia Marina.
- The race route takes participants along the waterfront, past historic homes and into the Benicia State Recreation Area.
- Non-runners are welcome to walk or stroll, have fun and meet their neighbors.
- Participants can get their groove on in a pre-race warm-up with Benicia Jazzercise.
- Strollers, leashed pets and those in wheelchairs are welcome to join in.
- Funds raised help prepare Benicia students for college or careers and also pay for science, math and technology programs in elementary schools.
- After the race, participants are encouraged to make Benicia a day trip with visits to cafés, museums and parks.
- In its tenth year, this year’s run is expected to raise upwards of $40,000.