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It started to celebrate Reed's centenary; it continues to raise money for schools -- and to have fun

DAVID F. ASHTON - The first wave of runners during the Reed College 2017 5K Fun(d) Run/Walk leave the timing gate. Reed College hosted its sixth annual "5K Fun(d) Run/Walk" on the crisp, fall-like morning of Saturday, September 16.

As in past years, waves of runners and walkers began their journey at 9:00 a.m. But – new this year – the entire course was kept within, and around the perimeter, of Reed College.

"The college started this event as a way to invite neighbors into our campus," said Reed College Director of Communications Kevin T. Myers. "And, we've continued it to raise funds for neighborhood elementary schools: Lewis, Grout, Llewellyn, Woodstock, and Duniway.

"It keeps getting bigger and more fun and exciting every year," Myers told THE BEE, "because it's a great cause, and, it gives people a reason to come together as a community and help the local schools."

As the participants continued to funnel through the timing gate, Myers pointed out that another new addition to this year's event was live music.

Some of the more than 600 participants made it around the course in a record time; others came in through the race timing gate over the next hour.

"When participants return from the course, they, and their families, will be treated to a free hot breakfast provided by our Platinum Sponsor, Bon Appetit Management Company," revealed Myers.

In the end, this year's Reed College Fun(d) Run raised $20,000 for local elementary schools.

Part of those proceeds came from local sponsorship contributions by Foot Traffic Athletic, Papa Haydn, Advantis Credit Union, West Coast Event Productions, A Cena, First Cup Coffeehouse, Smucker Law, Woodstock VCA Animal Hospital, Toast and Bird & Bear Restaurants, New Seasons Woodstock Market, Opsis Architecture, Team Beasty, Otto's Sausage Kitchen, THE BEE, Alsco Laundry Services, Reverend's BBQ, and Gigantic Brewing Company.

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