The Heart of Duncanville 5K Walk and Run brought more than 800 participants to downtown Duncanville Saturday morning. The crisp fall air was perfect for the hundreds of district employees and community members who arose early to work out and support the school district.
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Before the races began, members of Central Elementary School’s third grade choir sang the national anthem. Percussion students from Reed Middle School’s band got runners ready to go with their upbeat cadences.
Duncanville ISD Athletic Director Clint Harper signaled the start of the event, which is in its fourth year.
Brandenburg Intermediate School took the award for most participating runners based on the percentage of total staff members. They will receive a catered lunch from race sponsor Ben Franklin Apothecary and Kitchens Deli.
Runners from Summit Education Center won the Spirit Award for being the most fired up for the race.
Five Duncanville ISD employees won the Heart Award, which is presented to the district employee who goes above and beyond to make the race a success. Winners included: Coach Bret Duff for organizing his softball players to volunteer to put together race goody bags and to deliver information about the route before the event. The Byrd Middle School science team including Rita Wilson, Kimberly Horton and Victoria Monette won for increasing the school’s participation in 2017, and Risk Manager Noella Whavers won for her consistently early and impactful recruitment at the Plaza.
Money raised by the Heart of Duncanville 5K benefits the Duncanville ISD Education Foundation. This year, the foundation awarded more than $35,000 in teacher grants for innovative programs.