Fun run to benefit Keller ISD students in need

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Keller area families can run and walk for a great cause on May 11 at the annual Casey’s Kids Fun Run.

The 3-kilometer run begins at 7:30 a.m. by the Keller ISD Natatorium, 1000 Bear Creek Pkwy., with walkers starting ten minutes later. The route goes along the hike and bike trail past the Keller Pointe and over the bridge to go east along Bear Creek to the Keller Smithfield Activity Node, then back to the Natatorium.

Karen Woodard, Casey’s Kids Fun Run coordinator with the Keller Council of PTAs, said that more than 1,300 people had registered as of April 24. Last year, 1,169 participated. Woodard attributed the increase to better promotion on Keller district campuses by PTA representatives and physical education teachers.

All proceeds go to help students in need in the Keller school district. Casey’s Kids was started 34 years ago by Janie Casey, then counselor at Keller Middle School. Casey asked her PTA to help a few students who were missing school because they didn’t have enough clothes to wear. Now the organization provides gift cards for clothing and school supplies to kids through requests of campus counselors.

More than 300 KISD students receive assistance each year, and the fun run is the primary fundraiser. The Keller Council of PTAs has conducted the event for the past 16 years.

Awards will be given to the overall male and female runners and to the top three finishers in each age group.

While early registration has ended, those interested in participating can email Woodard at caseykidskisd@gmail.com to find out if t-shirts in their size are available and send information on the names, ages and schools (if applicable) of runners. Checks may be mailed to Karen Woodard, Casey’s Kids Run, 1550 Spring Lake Dr., Keller, Texas, 76248. The cost is $20 for adults and $15 for children.

Race day registration will be available from 6:30 to 7:15 a.m.

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