Registrations up more than 50% for Saturday’s MPS Run Back to School

Space still available for event that raises funds for youth recreation programs

MILWAUKEE – More than 750 runners and walkers have signed up for Saturday’s Milwaukee Public Schools Run Back to School, a sharp increase from the 475 that signed up by this time last year.

Online registration is still available for the run/walk, which raises money for MPS Milwaukee Recreation youth programs. Online registrations will be taken at www.MilwaukeeRecreation.net until 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, August 22. Online pre-registration is preferred, but day-of registrations will be taken from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 24.130821 RBTS

The 5K fun run and 1.5-mile walk begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, August 24 in front of Wick Field, 4929 W. Vliet Street, Milwaukee 53208. The event also features a hand cycle race. For more information about that race, call (414) 647-6041. Other activities include a school mascot race, exhibit booths, activities for kids and a live DJ. General questions can be directed to (414) 475-8180.

The fee, which includes a commemorative event t-shirt, race bag, and post-run refreshments, is $15 per adult and $5 per child. Free parking is available at MPS Central Services, 5225 W. Vliet Street. First, second, and third place awards will be given to the top male/female adult and youth finishers for the 5K run. Every child will receive a participation medal.

“Our annual 5K fun run and 1.5 mile walk encourages healthy habits while raising funds to help support MPS youth recreation programs. That means an increased number of Milwaukee youth can experience the benefits of recreation activities in team-building environments with quality equipment and instruction,” MPS Superintendent Gregory Thornton said. “Your participation and support of the 6th annual RBTS is a win-win. You can have fun, exercise and help to improve the health and well-being of young people. Healthier youth are better prepared to learn and this helps to strengthen our district and community as a whole.”

Proceeds from the past five years have been used to purchase youth sports equipment and offset team entry fees so schools could expand youth recreation programs. Most recently, the funds were used to support the Vieau School Girls on the Run fitness and self-esteem building program by sponsoring 53 girls in grades 3-8. The curriculum uses the power of running to prepare girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living.

“The Run Back to School is a great opportunity for students, staff and the community to come together in support of the health and well-being of our young people…and ourselves,” said Molly Barrett, Milwaukee Recreation’s director. “We encourage the public to team up, get moving and have some fun to help promote healthy habits that can last a lifetime.”

In addition to coordinating the Run Back to School, MPS provides an Employee Wellness Program (Learn Good Health, Live Good Health), offers a variety of physical fitness programs, promotes balanced dietary choices, and actively participates in the Well City Milwaukee Initiative.

The 2013 Run Back to School is made possible with generous support from United Healthcare, ING, Educators Credit Union, MetLife, Hays, Concentra, Express Scripts, StayWell, Trustmark, NVA, United Way of Greater Milwaukee, WEA Trust, ADP, and Milwaukee County Parks.

Milwaukee Recreation is a department of Milwaukee Public Schools, established in 1911 to provide the entire community with affordable and enriching recreational activities. For more information, visit MilwaukeeRecreation.net or contact Brian Hoffer at (414) 475-8938.

Milwaukee Public Schools is Wisconsin’s largest school district, serving more than 78,000 students in more than 160 schools across the city. MPS is home to the Milwaukee region’s two best high schools according to the Washington Post and three of state’s 25 best high schools according to U.S. News and World Report. In the past year, Milwaukee Public Schools posted a growing graduation rate 14 points higher than the rate for 2000. More MPS news is available at mpsmke.com/news.