It is a 5K race like nun other. It’s St. Teresa’s School’s 2010 Nun Run, which includes a 5K and 1-mile fun run, beginning at 8 a.m.
The popular event is the final activity celebrating Catholic Schools Week, a national effort to build awareness of Catholic schools. Both races begin at St. Teresa’s School, 417 Edgewood Lane. Proceeds benefit the school and the retirement fund of the Adorers of the Most Precious Blood, the religious order who founded the school in 1945.
According to race director Linda Groarke, the original Nun Run was held to raise funds to bring the retired nuns back for the 50th anniversary of the school. The last sister retired from St. Teresa’s in 1998.
“We feel that this is a wonderful way to recognize the contribution made by the sisters in the founding and running the school, no pun intended,” said MaryLou Gamache, principal. “Now, the Nun Run helps us encourage our students to get more active.”
The highlight of the race is the challenge to beat the running nuns, two local runners who dress in nun habits and run the 5K. Runners who beat the running nuns are eligible for a special prize. The runners, Doug Kurtz and Eddie McBride, are once again the featured nuns.
All pre-registered participants will receive an official 2010 Nun Run T-shirt and all participants can enjoy a pancake breakfast. There will also be medals three-deep awards in 15 age groups in additional to overall male and female winners. All participants are eligible for a variety of door prizes donated by local restaurants and retailers.
The Nun Run is a “Run & See Georgia Grand Prix” event. The 2009 Nun Run had more than 300 participants.
The pre-registration cost is $18 for the 5K run/walk. Day of race registration is $20. Race day registration will begin at 7:15 a.m. Registration forms are available on the school’s web site: www.stteresas.org, Participants can also register online at www.active.com,
There will be early participant packet pick-up on Friday between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the school. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more information, visit the school website at www.stteresas.org or call 436-0134.