contributed by Josh Atherton, Executive Director, St. Vrain Valley Schools Education Foundation
St. Vrain Valley Schools Education Foundation and the Sunrise Stampede Committee are excited to announce that this year the 36th Annual Sunrise Stampede will be a 5K run/walk with a student 1 Mile Fun Run on Saturday, August 14th, at Silver Creek High School. We are looking forward to hosting an in-person race, as a community event to kick off the 2021-2022 school year. We will also be offering a virtual race for those who want to participate but are out of state or not able to join us on the day of the race. We will also feature a sponsor fair and our St. Vrain Valley Schools Mobile Lab! All proceeds fund Special Education Innovation Grants for Teachers in St. Vrain Valley Schools.
Race Day: Saturday, August 14th at Silver Creek High School
Time: 5k Race starts at 8 am, 1 Mile Fun Run starts at 9:15 am
Parking: Parking will be at Silver Creek High School. Overflow parking will be available at Altona Middle School and Eagle Crest Elementary. We encourage carpooling.
The cost to register for the 5k is $30 and the deadline is Tuesday, August 10th at 12 pm. Race day registration will be accepted but will not include a t-shirt. The first 200 St. Vrain Valley Schools’ Students are FREE courtesy of Longmont United Hospital – Centura Health. 5k registration includes t-shirt and race entry. The 1 Mile Fun Run is for students only and the cost is $10. 1 Mile Fun Run registration includes a t-shirt, Sunrise Stampede race medal, and race entry. We will have race day give-a-way drawings (must be present to win) for all participants. All Covid-19 guidelines will be followed. We are looking forward to race day! If you have any questions please contact us.
History of the Sunrise Stampede: The Sunrise Stampede is a Longmont tradition that began in 1986 when Ronald Reagan was President, the Bears beat the Patriots in the Super Bowl 46 – 10 and Top Gun was the number one movie. The Stampede was founded by Longmont Sunrise Lions Club members Roger Lange, Herold Schulz, and Dale Carr with the original sponsor being Mountain Bell. The Lions Club believed the race was an innovative way to create a Longmont-based, family-friendly event to raise money to support students. For many years the funds were allocated for substance abuse and drug awareness education for teens.
Award recipients continue to receive handmade mugs by local artist Mark Rossier of Niwot, Colorado. For 36 years the Sunrise Stampede has built community, promoted family-friendly fun, and created serious competition. It is proudly the second-longest community running event in Longmont and has raised over $250,000 to benefit St. Vrain Valley students. In 2016 the Stampede began partnering with St. Vrain Valley Schools Education Foundation to award grants to special education teachers at St. Vrain Valley schools as a way to fund unique, innovative projects. It also got an updated race course that starts and ends at Silver Creek High School. In 2021, the Sunrise Stampede was moved to a 5k with a student 1 Mile Fun Run. Thank you for keeping this Longmont tradition strong.
ABOUT THE ST. VRAIN VALLEY SCHOOLS EDUCATION FOUNDATION – St. Vrain Valley Schools Education Foundation, an independent 501 (c)(3) organization, was founded in 1985 by philanthropist Eleanor Flanders and a group of citizens to find a way to generate community and business support for St. Vrain Valley Schools programs. Today, our mission is to provide resources and educational opportunities, in partnership with St. Vrain Valley Schools and our local communities, to enhance student success and teacher excellence. Since its inception, the Foundation has made awards totaling approximately $2 million with Teacher Innovation Grants and awards nearly $75,000 in scholarships each year to graduating St.Vrain Valley Schools seniors. The Education Foundation hosts the annual teacher recognition event “Tribute to Teachers”, the Sunrise Stampede 5k that raises money for special education grants in SVVSD, and Crayons to Calculators which provides school supplies to students in need. For more information, please visit www.stvrainfoundation.org, call 720-652-8208, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.