Bigwood said the organization has talked about doing the fund-raising challenge in years past, adding they were shocked to see how much money was raised in the first year trying it.
“It’s amazing the amount of support we get for this,” she said. “A lot of the teams have been together and with us since the beginning and some teams are new this year but the team fundraising was so successful it’s something we’re definitely going to do again.”
The $7,000 raised will combine with an estimated $20,000 generated on race day with entry fees, a bake sale and raffle ticket sales. That money will then be distributed to area schools to help special-education programs, something the special-education teachers say they appreciate.
And as the event continues to grow as Bigwood expects it will, that money could more than double in a couple years’ time.
“This has been the best year so far,” she said. “And it just keeps growing every year. As we start reaching a larger number of people I think this will become one of the biggest events in the area. I think we’re ready for that.”
Among those sure to return are Stephen and his family.
“This is the only one we’ve ever done,” he said. “There’s other ones in the area but we really like this one so we’ll definitely be back next year.”