Registration is now underway online for the Gary Burns Frisco Fun Run, the only major fundraiser of the year for the Frisco Education Foundation.
The annual event, now in its 14th year, will be held Saturday, Oct. 26 beginning at 8 a.m.
The one-mile fun run/walk and 5K certified race will be held this year outside FC Dallas Stadium, 9200 World Cup Way in Frisco. The move from Frisco Square will provide more space for runners, walkers and volunteers, as well as activities for families.
“We are very thankful to Frisco Square for their many years of support of the Frisco Education Foundation and the Fun Run,” said Foundation Director Allison Miller. “But as the District grows and the City grows, so does the Fun Run. We are excited to have the opportunity to partner with FC Dallas and look forward a great event in our new venue.”
The Fun Run supports initiatives of the Frisco Education Foundation, including college scholarships for graduating Frisco ISD seniors and innovative grants for teachers and staff. Miller says the Foundation works hard to meet the growing needs of the District and its students.
“The rapid growth of the District is both our biggest challenge as a Foundation and our greatest inspiration,” Miller said. “We’re not just raising money for this year’s seniors. We’re raising money so that scholarships will be available for students who are in kindergarten now.”
The event also benefits the Gary Burns Memorial Scholarship Fund, which honors the life and work of Frisco Assistant Fire Chief Gary Burns. “The Fun Run will always hold a special place in our hearts,” said Burns’ daughter Crystal Morris, a nurse at Bledsoe Elementary. “It embodies everything my dad was about – community and service. His legacy continues to touch lives.”
Burns was known throughout the community for his generosity and efforts to support and encourage children. He died of colon cancer in 1999. “My dad truly believed in helping FISD students reach their full potential and he helped make that happen for many struggling families,” said Burns’ daughter Ashley Kilmer, a first grade teacher at Fisher Elementary. “I can only imagine how proud he would be that the Fun Run benefits Frisco students as they continue their education.”
Frisco ISD Superintendent Jeremy Lyon, himself an avid runner, is urging staff, students, parents and everyone to take part. “As a community, we have to get serious about our health and do a better job of taking care of ourselves,” he said. “The Fun Run is a great opportunity to get moving, while also supporting our most precious resource, the future of our children.”
Story submitted by Meghan Youker, Frisco ISD