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Turkey Day race comes to Clifton Park

St. George’s starts up 5K as a fundraising effort

— “There are 12 kids and two teachers,” she said. “The amount of time they spend learning gives them such an advantage.”

The school has a number of iPads, which her kids have used in subjects from math to Mandarin Chinese, Curtis said. She laughed, remembering the time her daughter came home and greeted her with, “Ni hao,” which means “hi” in Mandarin.

The scholarship money will be directed to children of those who help out in the community, such as firefighters and EMTs, who might not otherwise be able to send their kids to St. George’s, Curtis said. Runners aren’t being asked to solicit pledges; proceeds will come just from the entry fee, which is $22 per runner in advance and $25 on the day of the race. The 5K starts at 8 a.m. and will be followed by a short kids’ race that costs $1, which will be collected the day of the race. Runners for the 5K, meanwhile, can sign up ahead of time on active.com or by printing out a registration form from the school website and mailing it with payment.

Given that this is the race’s first year, Curtis said guessing how many people will run is a “total shot in the dark.” But organizers originally planned to give out “totally awesome” T-shirts to the first 100 entrants, and early response has been strong enough that Curtis is hoping they can print more shirts. The shirts feature a turkey designed by St. George’s students.

Many people have already made plans to run in one of the area’s other races on Thanksgiving, Curtis said, but they’ve told her they’d like to try the Clifton Park race another time.

“In the years to come, we think it will be a very popular event,” she said.

For more information, visit www.stgeorgeschoolcp.org.

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