If they weren't already teachers, a handful of Tuscany Heights Elementary instructors might just have a second career waiting for them - as runway models!
Mrs. Morris, Mrs. Cervenka, Mrs. LeBeau, Ms. Sweeney, and Mrs. Fonger ruled the "run"way, last month, to help students, staff, and families kick off the 2017 Run For The Heights fundraiser and event and early registration. The kickoff was combined with Eat For A Cause that also benefits Tuscany Heights and held at Beefy's Backyard.
"We really wanted to build up the excitement surrounding the start of registrations for our 7th annunal Run For The Heights, especially since it is such an important fundraiser" said Kelly Lepeska, 2016/17 RFTH Event Chairperson. "We knew kids would not want to miss seeing their teachers on stage."
IRun Texas, a 2017 RFTH Platinum Sponsor, helped dress teachers in some of today's hippest running wear. The models got to pick out their favorite outfit at the Stone Oak retail location prior to the event. Then, these ladies hit Beefy's outdoor stage under the lights to walk, turn, and pose in front of crowd of adorning students and supportive Tuscany Heights families.
"It was really fun to see our teachers not wearing their usual teacher stuff and acting silly," said Cambria Kirwan, a 4th grade student who had Mrs. Cervenka in kindergarten.
The biggest surprise of the evening came at the end of the fashion show when Ms. Fonger, a 3rd grade teacher, donned a big white wig, Texas running shorts pulled high to her waist, and turkey socks over leggings!
The event offered an opportunity for early registerations. Over 50 adults and 69 kids registered early. Those who registered early got to have their name entered into a drawing for a free pair of adult shoes from iRun or youth basketball shoes donated by David Jones of Shooting For Success, also a 2017 sponsor.
Official registration for the 2017 RFTH 5K and Kids Fun Run opens December 1. The goal is to have 875 5K registrations! Anyone who registers by JAN 31 will receive a cool t-shirt and swag bag! Also, there are several race registration incentives!
Contests Run through Feb. 3!
New this year, the Kids' Fun Run will have an opportunity for a color blast for those who want to be doused with the colored powder. (Keep following this blog and our facebook page here for more information and helpful tips about a color run coming soon!)
"We are so incredibly thankful to our families, staff, sponsors, and community who all help make this event so successful year after year", Lepeska reitterated. She said she hears all the time that runners from all over love our hilly and scenic course, and, kids love the easy-to-run short course and competition. Kids even get their own runner's bib!
Sponsors enjoy the opportunity our huge event crowd offers them for brand exposure.
Proceeds from the event go towards funding the many program and opportunities for enrichment Tuscany Heights provides to its students and staff.
The race, fun, health-fair, and overall family-inspired event is Saturday, March 4. Things get underway as early as 7:30 AM!
The 6th Annual Run for the Heights, 5K Run/Walk, Kids’ Fun Run, & Health Fair, held at Tuscany Heights Elementary, on Saturday, February 27, 2016 proved to be our biggest and best event to date. We had approximately 1,500 people in attendance and the morning weather was perfect!!! Runners and walkers from all over San Antonio came out to brave the hilly and challenging 5K course and visit with over 40 local community businesses on site.
There were 852 registered 5K participants, 308 Fun Run registered participants and 150+ volunteers. JC Ultimate Training and Tusky the Tiger headed up our pre-race warm ups getting runners ready to run!! Our emcee, Albert Flores, FOX4 Meteorologist, kicked off the event with the Opening Ceremony performed by the Reagan High School JROTC and Tuscany Heights Tiger Beat Choir singing the National Anthem. First up was the Fun Run as kids of all ages sprinted their way through the ¾ mile course. All Fun Run participants earned a spirit stick for their accomplishment. The chip-timed 5K was next with runners and walkers weaving their way through the surrounding neighborhood and multiple hills. Our race timing company, Split Second Productions, timed the 5K and runners were able to view their times as they crossed the finish line. Our top finishers were Nadine Reasoner with a time of 21:32 and Ryan Garza (a Tuscany Heights Alumni student, now at Reagan High School), who finished with a time of 16:58. The top 3 overall males/females received medals and gift certificates from iRun, Sports Authority, Gold’s Gym & 9 Rounds Kickboxing. Additional medals and awards went to the top 3 males/females in each 5 year age category, ranging from 10 and under to 70+. Our Top T.H.E. staff member was Mrs. Claudia LeBeau who was awarded a first place medal, $50 iRun gift certificate and $30 Sports Authority gift certificate. Finally, there were special awards for the top girl and boy in grades K-5, which included medals and gift certificates from the Mays YMCA and Bricks 4 Kidz.
Kinder – Madelyn Colville, Cole Foshee
First Grade – Josephine Alwine, Zach Hudson
Second Grade – Aaliyah Divin, Kai McCullough
Third Grade – Haley Bock, William Johnson IV
Fourth Grade – Emma Colville, Hayden Scott
Fifth Grade – Sevrine Porritt, Morgan Omstead
Congratulations to all the Fun Run and 5K Finishers! After the races, participants visited with over 40 local community businesses in the Sponsor Expo & Health Fair to receive valuable health information, get health screenings, view fitness opportunities and sample nutritional products. HEB and The Bagel Factory provided post-race food and drinks for all participants. Free health screenings for BP, Glucose, and Cholesterol were offered by North Central Baptist Hospital; BMI by the Mays YMCA; and physical therapy techniques by Promotional Physical Therapy. Tusky the Tiger had several community mascot friends on site from HEB, Chick-Fil-A, SportClips, and Stone Oak Speech & Language Center, all giving high fives and taking pictures with participants. There were plenty of kid friendly activities provided by event sponsors, including face painting, carnival games, Orange Leaf, popcorn from Oak Tree Orthodontics & Flamingo Rey’s Island Ice samples. There were plenty of interactive fitness opportunities & demonstrations offered by The Jumping Dragons, Talamentez Karate, JC Ultimate Training, Mays YMCA, Let’s Go San Antonio, SA Parks & Recreation Department, and Rainbow Play Systems.
Run for the Heights not only raised funds for the Tuscany Heights Elementary PTA, a 501(c) 3, but helped promote health and wellness in the community. Volunteers included community partners from HEB and Kohl’s plus several local school groups such as Tuscany Heights WatchDOGS, Staff & Parents, Johnson HS Cheer Team, Johnson HS AVID, MacArthur HS PALS, Reagan HS National Honor Society, and several other students and school groups. These volunteers, students and many other student leaders from Tuscany Heights helped to create a spirit of pride and community. Thanks to all who contributed to the success of the 6th Annual Run for the Heights! Visit our website at http://runfortheheights.tuscanyheightspta.org for race results and a list of our generous sponsors.