"WMDP" running for Chester Academy won the first team prize at the 2nd annual Run for Education.
More than 165 runners registered for the event which was held Sunday April 28. After a moment of silence to honor the victims in the Boston Marathon bombings, Springfield School Superintendent Daniel Warwick started the race.
"This event represents a wonderful opportunity to emphasize the importance of physical fitness. Our school district strives to address the development of the whole child. We look forward to this positive event and the lasting messages that it will send to our community," he said.
The runners gathered in front of the Federal Courthouse and raced along the city of Springfield's storied State Street corridor to AIC's track on Cortland St.
The Hamp High Harriers, running for Northampton High, took second team prize, while Granger Team 1, running for Clifford Granger elementary, placed third.
Gustaf Lidfeldt, running for Suffield Academy, took first place among male runners and Floriane Chevalier, running for South Hadley High School, was the first place female finisher.
AIC students gather before the Run.
Pro-Ex Physical Therapy and Healthtrax therapists were on sight to lead pre and post-race stretch exercises. After the race, runners received complimentary snacks and water.
Heather Cahill, Executive Director for Institutional Advancement, said in addition to the goal of raising awareness for educational needs, the race will also raise funds for the Pre-K to 12 cause, as well as funds for AIC scholarships. "The top three running teams will receive a cash prize, with an additional donation to the school of their choice. The team that places first will win a $500 prize, as well as $2,500 for their school. Individuals and teams that place in the top three will also receive cash prizes and donations," she said.
"We are thrilled to be hosting the second annual Run for Education," Cahill said. "Last year we awarded more than $5,000 in prize money and this year we are looking forward to an even more exciting competition, as more K-12 school teams come out to vie for the $2,500 first place prize," she said.