Between and event, school fundraising runs are sweeping Perry Hall.
On Saturday, held its first annual at Mt. Vista Regional Park. More than 100 students, teachers and community members participated, raising an estimated $15,000. School officials hope to use the funds toward a new technology program.
"We wanted to do something different [from previous years], an event where families could be involved," said Chris Harding, chair of the school board. "It's not just about raising money, but also spending time with the community."
Completing the 5K, however, was no walk in the park, said student Josh Harding.
"It was fun, but it was hard. With the hills, there was a lot of up and down," Harding said.
His mother Susanne Harding agreed. "I wanted to walk a few times, but with everybody you know watching and cheering, I kept going," she said.
Panther Pride 5K Run/Walk & Family Fun Mile Top FinishersMen (over 18) 1st Steve Tatro 16:20 2nd Glenn DeVage 16:52 3rd Ken Hrica 17:39 Women (over 18) 1st Valerie Johnson 21:33 2nd Amy Finneran 22:21 3rd Rebekah Dobry 23:48 Boys (11-17) 1st Graham Litrenta 19:03 1st Jonathan Battista 19:03 Girls (11-17) 1st Faith Baker 29:56 2nd Emaiah Telp 41:28 Boys (5-10) 1st Josh Harding 20:00 2nd Warner Litrenta 20:23 Girls (5-10) 1st Hunter Benson 19:54 2nd Jessica Battista 28:23