Running, volunteering, and/or donating at PCEF’s Running With Ed

PARK CITY, Utah — 1,200 runners participated in the Park City Education Foundation’s (PCEF) 13th annual Running With Ed. (RWE) relay race on Saturday. They ran relays among the Park City School District’s four elementary schools, middle school, junior high, and high school while starting and ending the race at the Basin Rec Fieldhouse.

Mostly sunny skies and a slight, consistent breeze delighted organizers, volunteers, and runners compared to the spring snowstorms with which they’ve had to contend in many previous years.

The priority of the day was less about getting the fastest time and more about raising the most money. Many categories were available to achieve the goal of raising $320,000. Heidi Donovan, PCEF Finance Manager told me, “Thanks to the whole community which really stepped it up this year, we were able to meet our goal today raising over $325,000, ensuring that we can fund the eight key initiatives for the next school year.”

The eight key initiatives are:

  1. Preschool
  2. Elementary Visual Arts 
  3. Afterschool
  4. STEM
  5. Center For Advanced Professional Studies (PCCAPS)
  6. Bright Futures
  7. Classroom/Express Grants
  8. Innovation Labs

The RWE Best Exchange Award went to:

  • Parley’s Park Elementary School

The Top RWE Fundraiser Award went to:

  • Christine Grenney from Grenney Real Estate who raised $31,000

The Top Student RWE Fundraiser Award went to:

  • Trevor Shaw from Jeremy Ranch Elementary School who raised $4,000 which was twice his goal and proudly told me, “I did this when I was in 5th grade but in nine more school days I’m graduating elementary school and moving on to middle school.”

The Park City Mountain Vail Resorts Epic Promise Grants were awarded to the school with the highest participation:

  1. First place – Trailside Elementary School
  2. Second place – Jeremy Ranch Elementary School
  3. Third place – McPolin Elementary School

The Best Costume Awards went to:

  1. First place – The Cutties for their ice hockey uniforms
  2. Second place – The McPolin Elementary School Zombies for their zombie costumes
  3. Third place – Troup Beverly Hills/Park City for their Girl Scout uniforms

Olympic Announcer Carl Roepke was the announcer for RWE and the finish line party offered music, food, beverages, face painting, bounce houses, chair massages, t-shirts, and a photo booth, made available from some of the 34 local sponsors.

RWE is the largest of PCEF’s three annual fundraisers:

  1. Running With Ed
  2. Beat The Call
  3. Red Apple Gala

Some of the clever team names included:

  • Running From Rona
  • bRUNching
  • Not Fast, Just Furious
  • Run Like The Winded
  • Will Run For Snacks
  • Run EMC

Multiple people ran the 26.4-mile race solo like Park City Ski and Snowboard (PCSS) Events Director and Mountain Trail Racer Pete Stoughton as well as three-time Cross Country Ski Olympian and PCSS Nordic Coach Liz Stephen. Saturday’s race saw teachers, staff, students, parents, and the community-at-large running, volunteering, and/or donating.

L to R: Treasure Mountain Jr. High’s RWE sponsor General Manager of Switchback Sports Bobby Monson, PTO President Anne Owen, Head Secretary Bev Pacal, and RWE D.J. Nate Dawg. Photo: Michele Roepke
L to R: Trailside Elementary School’s Head Secretary Megan Luckan, Parent Volunteer Dawn Pencil, Outreach Coordinator Eva Montejano, and Trailside alumni/volunteer Niko Zarkos
Ecker Hill Middle School teachers, staff, students and parents including Principal Amy Jenkins. Photo: Michele Roepke
McPolin Elementary RWE parent volunteers, L to R: Nikki Nelmark, Kelley Mugford, Brooke George, and Gabby Cohen. Photo: Michele Roepke
1st place winners of the RWE costume contest: The Cutties Hockey Players. Photo: Michele Roepke
2nd place winners of the RWE costume contest: The McPolin Elementary Zombies. Photo: Michele Roepke
3rd place winners of RWE costume contest: Troup Beverly Hills. Photo: Michele Roepke
Park City Mountain Vail Epic Promise Grant winners from Trailside Elementary including RWE volunteer Grant Manager Allison Zarkos. Photo: Michele Roepke
L to R: PCEF RWE Event Director, Jennifer Billows, RWE Top Fundraiser, Christine Grenney, and RWE Fundraising Chairwoman, Kammi Ward. Photo: Michele Roepke
Beijing 2022 Olympic medalist, Youth Sports Alliance athlete, and Jeremy Ranch Elementary alumni Casey Dawson seated front and center with his medal among the Hawks Harmonics student choir. Photo: Michele Roepke
L to R: Treasure Mountain Jr. High students Jeremiah Marsh, Root Roepke, Tory Hoffman, and Liam Snyhoruich at the Utah Olympic Park. Some of them were on the PCSS #2 Team which timed themselves at an approximate 3:42:00 fast finish passing at least 60 runners. Photo: Michele Roepke
Gold medal-winning Olympian, Billy Demong, and Park City Ski and Snowboard (PCSS) Nordic coach Emma Garrard, and members of the PCSS Nordic team including Donovan Toly and Liam Demong.
Trailside Elementary Teacher, Jennifer Giblin and her husband, Patrick, at the Utah Olympic Park. Photo: Michele Roepke
Olympic announcer, Carl Roepke. Photo: Michele Roepke
Adaptive athlete Sylvie Boulva and her teammate at Ecker Hill Middle School. Photo: Michele Roepke
L – R: parley’s Park Elementary fifth graders Julia Aramark and Ellie Wheelwright and Ellie’s mom who has been the P.E. teacher for 20 years, Jennifer Wheelwright with their trophy for Best Exchange. Photo: Michele Roepke
Trevor Shaw, the top student fundraiser and Kammie Ward the RWE Fundraising Chairwoman. Photo: Michele Roepke

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