About Run for Learning 5K

Run For Learning 5K Run/Walk and Kids Fun Run is an annual five kilometer race that began in 2014 as a way to raise awareness of and funds for Grayslake, IL preschools.

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About Run For Learning

The Run For Learning 5K is an annual five kilometer race that began in 2014 as a way to raise awareness of and funds for Grayslake, IL preschools. This event is intended to provide a competitive race for athletes of all abilities as well as a family friendly atmosphere of community. Since the first race, the focus of the Run For Learning 5K has expanded to become a race that raises funds for licensed, early-education centers (providing preschool and/or kindergarten programs). Proceeds from this annual event will go to teachers at licensed early-education centers in Grayslake, IL and the surrounding area communities through a grant process.


Meet the Board

Tami Candy Board Member.


Favorite child book:
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
Favorite Food:
PF Changs
Favorite place to visit:
Nebraska to see family but anywhere by the beach is a big plus for me. The ocean and sand are my favorite.
How did you get involved:
Over three years ago with what started as a fundraiser for a local preschool that my son attended at the time has changed into a life's mission for me to make a difference in the lives of young children and get them started on the right footing in life. I truly enjoy working with these amazing talented women. We are a fabulous team that has made The Run for Learning 5K/Kids Fun Run such a success!

Rachel Flood Board Member.


Favorite child book:
Favorite Book I enjoy reading with the boys — Tickle Monster by Josie Bissett
Favorite Food:
Almost anything that I don't have to make/cook.
Favorite place to visit:
Enjoy traveling and watching our boys see/learn new things for the first time.
How did you get involved:
Saw an opportunity to help area preschools come together to and promote their schools while raising money so that they could continue nurturing the next generation of students.

Holly Ness Board Member.


Favorite child book:
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Favorite Food:
Spaghetti
Favorite place to visit:
Madison, WI
How did you get involved:
I believe that early education measures are important and I love to run. It combined two things that are important to me.

Kelly Rusk Board Member.


Favorite child book:
Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdeny
Favorite Food:
Pizza
Favorite place to visit:
Portland, Oregon although my kids would probably say Target and Marianos!
How did you get involved:
I saw an article in my son's preschool newsletter that they were starting a 5K race as a way to raise money for the school. Since I loved the school and wanted to get more involved with it, I signed up. I had no idea what I was getting myself into! The work was really hard that first year. The race was a success and at the end of the day it felt so good to be involved with such a great group of people that came together for the love of our children and our different preschools.