2017-10-12 / Community News

Community to come together for race, fun run


An Overnight Low will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13 at Elements, 265 Main St. in Biddeford, with Clara Junken. An Overnight Low is led by Biddeford native, Chad Walls, front row, left. The band also includes Sam Anderson, Mac Coldwell, Walls, Chris Mayo, Tina Nadeau-Murphy and Mike Murphy. (Courtesy photo) An Overnight Low will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13 at Elements, 265 Main St. in Biddeford, with Clara Junken. An Overnight Low is led by Biddeford native, Chad Walls, front row, left. The band also includes Sam Anderson, Mac Coldwell, Walls, Chris Mayo, Tina Nadeau-Murphy and Mike Murphy. (Courtesy photo) In conjunction with Saint James School’s 25th anniversary celebration, the Saint James School Parents, Friends & Teachers Association (PFTA) will host its annual Trot for Catholic Education 5K and Kids Fun Run Saturday, Nov. 4 at the school located at 25 Graham Street in Biddeford. Funds raised from this event help keep tuition costs at Saint James School affordable, and will provide scholarships for families wishing to send their children to Catholic school.

“Our PFTA has been hard at work preparing for this year’s Trot for Catholic Education event,” said Dan Villemaire, president, Saint James School PFTA. “Last year, we had over 100 participants - which is a solid turnout for a race that is still relatively new in this area – but, we are hoping that our school’s 25th anniversary will help us draw an even bigger pool of participants.”

The 5K Run/Walk will begin at 9 a.m. and the Fun Run for children ages 10 and under will follow at 10 a.m. Children’s activities will also be offered on site until 11 a.m. The event will provide awards for the top finishers in various age groups and children participating in the Fun Run will receive a medal.

“Our community has a rich history of supporting local catholic education and our event is special in that it encourages alumni from Biddeford and Saco catholic schools to participate.” Villemaire said. “Runners and walkers from these schools will be acknowledged following the race and the school with the largest number of alumni in attendance will get its name added to a commemorative plaque.”

We understand that many Saint James parents make financial sacrifices to send their children to our school,” Villemaire added. “That is why fundraisers like our Trot for Catholic Education are important.”

Pre-registration for the event is encouraged, but not required. To register for the race/walk online, visit: https://runsignup.com/Race/ME/Biddeford/ TrotForCatholicEducation. Onsite registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. for those unable to sign up in advance.

Race day packets will be available for pick-up at the Saint James School PFTA Spaghetti Supper being held at St. Joseph’s Church on Nov. 3 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., as well as onsite on race day, after 7:30 a.m. Businesses or individuals interested in sponsoring the event should contact saintjamestrot@gmail.com. A Facebook page has also been set up for information: https://www.facebook.com/stjamestrotforcatholiceducation.

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