Community members give back to school district at annual Red and Black Run to Fund

Giving back to school district, joining the community at annual Red and Black Run to Fund


Gracie Blackwell

Coppell Middle School North Principal Amanda Ziaer and other women walk across the finish line of the one mile fun run. The Red and Black Run to Fund took place on Saturday at Coppell Middle School North, bringing people from all different communities together.

Fiona Koshy, Staff Writer

On Saturday, residents from Coppell and other communities came together at Coppell Middle School North to participate in the Red and Black Run to Fund.

Hosted by the Coppell Education Foundation, the run raises money for teaching grants and learning opportunities within Coppell ISD and had sponsors such as Tangerine Salon and C2 Education.

“I think [the run] is great,” Coppell school board member and volunteer Carrie Clark said. “It’s fun to get to see the community members come out and have fun, [while] of course supporting a great cause as well.”

The event consisted of a one mile fun run that began at 8 a.m. and a 5K that began at 8:30 a.m. giving residents an option to choose between the two.

The run proved to be varied in its participants, with runners spanning across a wide range of ages and communities.

According to the event coordinator Kara Dunn, the run had a turnout of more than 700 participants.

“It’s really good [run], and the people here are so friendly,” Aubrey resident and runner Stacy Crowe said. “It’s fun, and it’s a beautiful day. My favorite aspect [is] it helps kids with their education and brings families together.”

Once both runs came to a close, an awards ceremony commenced, honoring those who opted to time their 5K race. Runners were recognized across all age divisions.

“I love coming to this run because we get to cheer for more people that we know,” Pinkerton Elementary School running club leader Michael Upchurch said. “It’s very nice to see old faces and meet some new friends.”

To some, the Red and Black Run to Fund is more sentimental than just any other weekend event.

“This was my last race of high school, so it was pretty hard, but I enjoyed myself,” said Coppell senior cross country runner Nathan Sims, who took first place in the division ages 17-19 years old. “The [cross country] team is just an amazing group of people. We have a lot of fun and I’ve made some lifelong friends in this group, so I’m truly grateful for that.”

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