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Walkathon assists Steamboat schools

— Be on the lookout for children.

“Most everybody knows a kid who goes to school here, so ask them if they’re going to be in the Sprit Challenge,” said Marcia Martin, vice president of Legacy Foundation board.

The walkathon raises money for Routt County public schools, and this is the last week elementary students will be gathering pledges for Saturday’s race.

Elementary students will start doing laps around the Steamboat Springs Middle School track at 10 a.m. Saturday, when 5k and 10k adult Steamboat Running Series races will begin. Adults can pre-register for $20 at Christy Sports or online at http://www.active.com. Registration on site costs $25. The adult races also benefit area schools.

Local businesses have donated more than $2,000 in prizes for the elementary students who raise the most money. Prizes include a mountain bike, ski passes, a hot-air balloon ride and kayaking lessons. There also have been prizes donated for the adult races.

Watoosie the clown will be entertaining the crowd and there also will be music. Last year, despite rain, wind and snow, more than 100 children participated.

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“The kids have fun, they’re outside in fresh air, getting exercise with friends and family,” Martin said. “They’re also doing something that makes a difference in their education.”

The event has benefited different organizations for the past 20 years but has become the primary fundraiser for the Legacy Education Foundation. About $8,000 is raised each year, and the money is given to Routt County schools. Money was given to 11 programs last year.

The race and fundraiser were started after the death of Jack Schwall, who taught at Strawberry Park Elementary School.

“His friends and family wanted to do something to honor his memory and give back to the community,” Martin said.

In keeping with that tradition, this year’s event is being dedicated to three people who were active in public schools: Pam Walter, Peggy Bortone, and Poogie Dawes.

Information about The Leg–acy Foundation and the Spirit Challenge can be found online at http://www.yampavalleylegacy.org.