by Nathan Warner
Rain or shine, the fourth annual Bubba 5K/5K-9 Run will once again rouse hundreds of local patrons to dash for Zimmerman-area causes Saturday, April 5 at the Zimmerman High School.
This year, in addition to individual contributions, local businesses are also throwing their weight behind the fund raiser as sponsors.
“We wanted to further boost the Glen Bye Foundation’s effectiveness by partnering with more people to give more back to the community,” said LeAnne Bye, founder of the Glen Bye Foundation. Each business that sponsors the run will get their business linked on the Glen Bye Foundation website and their logo will make it onto the “Bubba 5K” T-shirt.
Proceeds from the run benefit the Glen Bye Foundation and Zimmerman Baseball Thunder.
“Glen was very fond of baseball,” LeAnne said, “and we wanted to support the local team for his sake.”
Seventeen-year-old Glen “Bubba” Bye died in a car accident in 2010 and has posthumously worked great things in his hometown through the foundation that bears his memory.
“Glenn would have loved the work we’re doing in the community,” LeAnne said. “It would have been right up his alley.”
Among other things, the Glen Bye Foundation offers Zimmerman High School students technology scholarships. “Last year we awarded five $500 scholarships and fifteen $100 scholarships,” LeAnne said, “which come to students as Best Buy gift cards, so students can get what they need for college, from laptops to headphones.” The scholarships will be handed out this year on May 14.
The standard registration fee to enter the race after March 16 is $30, but those who sign up before March 16, will only pay $25, and they are guaranteed to receive a free long-sleeve “Bubba 5K” t-shirt.
Participants who complete the run/walk will find complimentary fruit, cookies, and bottled water waiting for them. Prize packs composed of goodies, including restaurant gift cards, baseball apparel, and coupons from local businesses will be awarded to the first boy and girl that cross the finish line and the first man and woman that cross the finish line. Door prizes will also be handed out. If you like to run or walk with your dog, then you can run/jog/walk your pet on the 5K route in the 5K-9 event which will start immediately after the 5K run is completed. It is requested that you pick up after your pet and all dogs must be leashed.
Check-in/registration begins at 8 a.m., Saturday April 5 outside the Zimmerman High School. You can also register ahead of time on the Glen Bye Foundation website: www.glenbyefoundation.org/5k–5k-9. The 5K Run will start at 9 a.m. with the 5K-9 beginning immediately afterwards.
For more information call LeAnne Bye at 612-804-6219 or email her at [email protected]