St. Agnes School held their 7th Annual ‘Race to Educate’ 5K Race and 1 Mile Family Fun Run/Walk on Saturday, September 17th.
With a winning time of 21:18, Catherine Staley, a 4th grader at St. Agnes School, finished 1st in the 5K event beating out a field of over 65 participants. Nine year old Catherine Staley is no stranger to 5K races. She has completed over 35 5K events in the last 2 years and credits her success to the continued support of her family and the local running community. "I like to set goals and reach them. It’s fun to watch more kids trying it too. They need to know anyone can do it." In addition to winning this race, one of Catherine’s biggest accomplishments so far was setting a new age record at the Oak Tree 5k this year after not running all summer because of an injury.
Over 100 people participated in the Annual Fundraising Event which promotes awareness of exercise and healthy habits for the students and the children of Avon and surrounding communities.
Mrs. Elizabeth Jensen, the new principal of St. Agnes School, was proud to be a part of the event and excited to cheer on one of the schools own to the finish line. “It is just so inspiring to see Catherine do something she loves so much. It encourages all the students to come out and participate, some are even running other 5K races now as well.”
In addition to parents walking or running the 1 mile fun walk with their children, there were some children who ran the 5K with a parent. Physical Education instructor Jen Rubeck added, “I am so proud of the children and their families for staying fit outside of school and for the parents supporting their children’s athletic pursuits. Families that play together, stay together!”
St. Agnes School is now celebrating its 141st year of providing quality education. The school prides itself on building, in its students, a foundation of academic excellence and Christian values. St. Agnes School in Avon offers Preschool and Kindergarten through 6th grade Catholic education for students from 11 area school districts.