Run for 271, 2017
Written by J.L. Haler
This last weekend we went to a run for the second weekend in a row. What made this run special was the massive community event it turned out to be. This was the first time we attended a Run for 271, but its sixth year running and I came away amazed at the community support and fun of the whole thing.
It started at seven in the morning but to be honest with you I can’t tell you what happened that early. Not being a morning person there was no way I was going to make it there by then. We did, however, make it to the 5k by nine. My son, the runner of the family, was participating in this event. So we sent him and all the others off with cheers, then (as bystanders do) prepared to wait.
While my son was off running along the lake the rest of us wandered from booth to booth and explored the area. Held at McEuen Park, the whole east side of the park was set up for the event. There were booths for local police, businesses, and events. One we always love to see is the booth for the Special Olympics in the area. Twenty-five minutes later we met our son at the finish line and proceeded to the Spokane Photo Booths area where we ran through twice getting fun and goofy, memorable photos made of us. Word bubbles, face masks, glasses, and lei’s were just some of the props they had. But you had to be quick. You got three photos with a few seconds in-between to swap out what you were wearing or doing.
At ten they started the kids obstacle course events. Ranging from 2-10, the kids were sent out in waves, running under parachutes, weaving through orange cones, jumping up and over hurdles, climbing mats, and in general having a great time. Spectators cheered and rang cowbells to encourage everyone just as they did with the 5k runners.
For all the little ones they had face painting, princesses walking around, bounce houses, a giant inflated slide, etc.
We decided at this point to sneak off and get some lunch at Sweet Lou’s. Having filled our bellies on salads, fries, and burgers we headed back to the event for the finale, the raffle. The whole time during the event you could purchase raffle tickets and place your stubs in one of the variety of prizes you would like to win.
My daughter walked away with some CDA Vikings swag (do people still say swag?), we didn’t win the rafting trip we wanted, and our neighbors won the kayak we tried for. 😊 The variety of things to win was great. Around $9000 worth of prizes was donated for the event. So, besides the kayak and rafting trip there were four different bikes, artwork, clothing, wine and dinner baskets, NIC swag (I’m going to stick with it even if it dates me), passes to Silver Mountain, family memberships to the Kroc Center, the list goes on and on.
What was amazing about this whole event was the fact that all of the proceeds, that’s 100%, went to support the CDA Elementary Schools. My son’s entry fee to the race, all of the raffle tickets, all of that money went to support our kids in the area. This money can make such a difference in the lives of our kids. And I found out they raised over $24,000 this year! Woo Hoo!
We will be donating and attending the event from now on. I wish I had known about it sooner. It is well worth it. It does an amazing thing for the community and it was wonderful to see so many people support the local area.
I would like to personally thank all the vendors, donors, participants, volunteers, and anyone else that made this event possible. Thank you for thinking of our kids, our future, and helping to ensure they have what they need to be successful in school.
I love spending time with my family doing all the wonderful activities in the Inland Northwest.