Runners will pound the pavement in East Meadow Oct. 27 all in the name of charity.
The first annual "McVey 5K" steps off from George H. McVey Elementary School, located at 2201 Devon Street, at 9 a.m. A 1-Mile Fun Run starts at 8:30 a.m.
Race proceeds will benefit the Long Island Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence.
The race will culminate Red Ribbon/Wellness Week at McVey, a week in which educators try to teach students about the realities of drug abuse with a focus on prevention. McVey physical education teacher Michael Simone and social worker Theresa Arnone are organizing the inaugural race.
The 3.1 mile race will start on school grounds on Devon Street, loop around the building on residential streets, head south on Prospect Avenue towards East Meadow Avenue, before turning south towards the finish line on Franklin Avenue.
The 1-Mile Fun Run begins on Franklin Avenue and loops around to end on the school’s playing fields. An inflatable bounce house will be provided for the kids thanks to Party Pieces Inc.
5K Race fees are $25 the night before and day of race or $22 postmarked before Oct. 25 and $15 for East Meadow school district students ($20 day of the race).
One-mile Fun Run fees are: $10 before Oct. 13 or $15 after Oct. 13.
Race T-shirts are guaranteed to those who register before Oct. 1. East Meadow's Bagelicious will provide post-race bagels for all participants; free child I.D. cards will also be available via the Nassau County Kids Pix Program.
Sponsorships are available: $150 (Bronze sponsor); $300 (Silver sponsor); $500 (Gold sponsor); and $1,000 (Platinum sponsor). Contact Michael Simone at firstname.lastname@example.org. Professional timing to be done by Island Timing on a certified course.