Run to Fund runners endure rain delay at annual Education Foundation 5K


Neha Desaraju

Two hundred fifteen runners completed the annual 5K Run to Fund on Saturday at Andy Brown East after a rain delay. The run is a fundraiser for Coppell ISD’s physical education department.

Neha Desaraju, Staff Writer

On Saturday, the Coppell ISD Education Foundation held their seventh annual Run to Fund at Andy Brown Park East.

While planned to start at 8:30 a.m., due to heavy rain, the one-mile fun run was cancelled and the 5K was moved to 10:30 a.m. Awards were given in a number of age categories, and this year, a new alumni category was added. Two hundred fifteen ran the 5K. Two dollars from every entry was given to a physical education department of the runner’s choice.

Coppell High School sophomore Evan Caswell won first overall as well as in the 17-18 age category.

“I think I did pretty good,” Caswell said. “It was beautiful weather out here. [Running in the rain] feels a lot better; it’s cooler.”

Fellow cross country teammate, junior Drew Scrivner, ran with the rest of his team.

“I thought I did OK,” Scrivner said. “We’re on our break right now, so this was a relaxed run.”

Although most of the rain had stopped by the time the run started, the runners were met with puddled pavement, muddy grass and drizzles.

“The last 800 [meters] or so, there was a turn, and I slipped,” Scrivner said. “I fell on my hip, but then I got up and kept running. It’s nice to have something cool on you when it is raining but it also gets windy sometimes.”

Runners of all ages were present at the race. Award categories included a student section, a teacher section and an alumni section.

Coppell resident Alon Thaashima has been attending the Run to Fund for two years.

“I’ve been running in general for about 10 years,” Thaashima said.

Mockingbird Elementary school third grader Kylie Guerrero has also been running at the Run to Fund for two years.

“It was cooler [running in the rain],” Guerrero said. “It was a lot wetter.”

The track wound around the park’s grassy area and lake, finishing where it started. All runners were timed. The CHS football team was also at the event, cheering runners on at the finish line. Race results can be found here.


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