Duncanville 5K Run Supports Education, Rallies Community Spirit

Duncanville 5K
Heart of Duncanville 5K organizers present check to the Duncanville ISD Education Foundation.

DUNCANVILLE—Ben Franklin Apothecary hosted the 3rd Heart of Duncanville 5K run/walk on Saturday, October 8. The goal of the annual event is to encourage healthy and active lifestyles and to support the Duncanville ISD Education Foundation.

The scenic route took runners through Historic Downtown Duncanville and Lakeside Park. The race also included a concert by the Shane Bell Band, bounce houses and many more family fun activities. Nearly 700 registrants from throughout Dallas County participated, which raised $22,000 in net proceeds.

All the proceeds will benefit the Duncanville ISD Education Foundation which generates and distributes grants to Duncanville ISD teachers for programs/projects that enhance the quality of education and provide students with opportunities to become contributing citizens.

Sheila Casey, President of the Education Foundation adds, “The Heart of Duncanville 5K is aptly named. Children are the heart of every community. The 5K adds immeasurably to the Education Foundation’s ability to fund innovative teaching grants that enrich their learning and therefore, their lives.”

Duncanville ISD teachers, students and staff supported the event in a big way during the race weekend. Students from Smith Elementary School’s “Marathon Kids” Running Club lead racers through a series of pre-run stretches. Duncanville Girls Basketball Head Coach Cathy Self-Morgan signaled the start of the race.

Duncanville ISD Superintendent Dr. Marc Smith; Duncanville Mayor David Green and Education Foundation Director Jim Richardson where on hand to present awards to the winners at the end of the race.

Duncanville 5K Winners

Duncanville High School had the most participating runners. They will receive a catered lunch from Kitchens Deli for the entire staff. Participants from Daniel Intermediate School dressed in white tutus and halos won the “Spirit Award” for the best dressed team.

Three DISD employees won the “Heart Award”. The accolade is presented to the district employee who goes above and beyond to make the race a success. Winners included David Womack (DHS team captain); Jay Lamar (who facilitated t-shirt design with his graphic arts class) and Matthew Garcia (Smith Elementary team captain).

“To see the Duncanville community and school district come together to support our local teachers and students is truly inspiring.” Race Director Kasey Cheshier stated. “Education is the foundation upon which we build our future on. To give these students in the district an opportunity to excel in the classroom is what it’s all about. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to share my passion for running and support the work being done in the classrooms each day!”

Thanks to Luke’s Locker, Methodist Charlton Medical Center, First Presbyterian Church, McKesson, Jaynes Memorial Chapel, Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, KRLD News Radio and many more.