Raising a record $16,000, the Family Cooperative (TFC)’s fifth annual Family Fun Run brought over 100 people to the Upper School (US) turf for a morning of races, games, and raffles on May 20.
Located at 46 Belmont Street, TFC opened in August of 2013 as a daycare and preschool for the young children of the school’s faculty and staff, but it has since expanded to welcome other families. The first Family Fun Run took place the following May to raise more money for the construction of TFC’s new facility.
This year’s event began at 9 a.m. as student volunteers helped set up games like corn hole or tic tac toe. They also walked around the field advertising tickets for the raffles, which consisted of a yoga mat and a month’s worth of yoga classes, four passes to Launch Trampoline Park, and tickets to a Red Sox game along with a $50 gift card to Donohue’s Bar and Grill in Watertown.
The children’s runs around the track began at 9:30 with kids 3 years and under—some escorted by their parents—running a half lap around the field to chase Nick Bentley P ’31 dressed in a bear suit. After warming up to Olympic music on the speakers, the 2- to 5-year-olds ran their lap around the field, and the 6- to 8-year-olds followed with a full lap.
“I especially love seeing the young kids run because anyone can run, and you can run at any age,” said John Scanlan P’18, who has now supported the event for four years. “I liked seeing the very young kids beating the moms and dads who were running with them.”
Just after 10 a.m., students, parents, and faculty members lined up in the Legion parking lot for a 2.7-mile loop around the Charles River.
Ben Morris ’18 finished the run first with a time of 17 minutes and 7 seconds.
“The Fun Run is a wonderful community-building event that welcomes everyone, and I enjoyed it because of that,” Ben said. “It was also nice to run a race without the pressure of a meet for school, and I was glad to go back to running longer races as opposed to the shorter distances I run in track.”
BB&N students in attendance received a $15 discount on their entry fee, but all adult runners paid $35 to enter the 2.7-mile race and $10 for the children’s races. Combined with donations from the raffle and contributions to individual runners, this money will help teachers’ salaries and pay for classroom supplies and books, Fun Run organizer and Beginners Teacher Dana Bentley said.
Ms. Bentley, whose children have attended TFC, said she thought this year’s event was successful.
“The Fun run is [TFC’s] signature event, and although the school is for children 5 and under, this is a time when we can have an event that draws in a community of all ages,” Ms. Bentley said. “We are grateful for the support of the BB&N community and extra grateful for those students who are willing to get up early on a Saturday to make our event a success.”