A tiger doesn’t change its stripes, and Lakewood High School’s Tigers are going out on the prowl for the eighth year in a row.
The Tiger Prowl, a 5K run is one of two major fundraisers hosted each year by the Lakewood High School Foundation to raise funds for the school.
Participants will meet for the event at 8 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, at Lakewood High School, 9700 W. 8th Ave. The run starts at 9 a.m.
What makes the Prowl unique is that the money doesn’t just go into a general fund for the school, said Tim Dennis, a member of the foundation who helps organize the event.
He said runners are able to select particular activities to support. The choices include a host of extracurricular programs ranging from sports teams to drama and band.
“The Prowl originally started as a small event to raise money for the football team, but the foundation took over to expand it and make it open to the whole school,” Dennis said.
“We’re really trying to impress upon coaches, sponsors and club members that this is a really, really easy way to raise funds for what you’re doing,” he said.
The Prowl has been really helpful in raising funds for programs that have faced some serious budget cuts in response to economic downturns.
According to Naomi Gravelding, chair of the Tiger Prowl program, the run has expanded from something just students and staff participate in, to something the community has embraced.
“All ages and all capabilities are welcome to get involved in this,” she said. “School races are a great way to get kids engaged and involved, and maybe even get them into running.”
Dennis said the best part of the event is the morning of, when everyone shows up for the race.
“There are so many kids and staff there to participate, but you also get to see people who have no vested interest in the school, and are just there because they’re runners and they want to help out,” he said. “It takes a lot of money for these groups to do what they do, and they need all the help they can get.”
The cost for the run is $25 for adults ($30 the day of the race), $15 for children ages 6-12 ($20 the day of the race), and free for children younger than 5.
For more information visit www.tigerprowl5k.com.