Successful Takoma Park 5K for Safe Routes to School!

This past Sunday, Takoma Park was alive and hopping at 8 a.m. for the Takoma Park Safe Routes to School 5K race! With over 800 race participants, the event was a huge success and will support pedestrian and bicycle education in the five Takoma Park schools. Students have been preparing for the race for 6 weeks by participating in a running club that also focuses on being safe while walking

Getting ready for the 1 mile Fun Run!

Getting ready for the 1 mile Fun Run!

and bicycling to school. While many elementary school students joined the full 5K there was also a crowded start line for the 1 mile fun run. To hear from the community and Takoma Park Safe Routes to School Coordinator Lucy Neher check out their coverage on ABC.

I was a 5K participant this year and have to say that the community participation and dedication to Safe Routes to School was phenomenal! A huge congrats to Takoma Park Safe Routes to School Coordinator Lucy Neher and her committee. Each of the Takoma Park schools is represented by at least one volunteer and last year schools earned close to $4,500! The 5K is not only a community awareness event for safe walking and bicycling but then actually provides funds to support walking and bicycling at the school.

Congrats Takoma Park!!

Learning to walk in the middle of the crosswalk!

Learning to walk in the middle of the crosswalk!

It was also great to see the Montgomery County Safe Routes to School program out at the race with Blair High School students teaching kids to cross properly at the crosswalk! At the Takoma Park 5K you were able to get in your physical activity AND learn to be safe all before 10 a.m.!

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