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By Jesse Murphy

Niwot Trot to benefit elementary school


September 2, 2016

The 11th-annual Niwot Trot will have a different route on September 18, but will keep the same mission - raising funds for the Niwot Elementary School PTAC.

Previously the race used the Niwot Loop Trail, but as numbers grew, organizers like Gretchen Johnson started to consider a new route.

"We're extremely excited for the new location," Johnson said. "We moved because of an increasing number of participants. We had over 375 last year, and we wanted to have a more structured race and more room for our runners."

The race will start and end at Whistle Stop Park, an out-and-back course.

"The course is fast and flat," Johnson said. "Because it's out and back, I think it will be fun for all of the participants. You'll be able to cheer everyone on."

Money raised is used in part to fund extra para-professionals at the elementary school.

"The main financial contribution of the funds we raise is to support para-professionals in the classrooms," Johnson said. "So in addition to the normal grade teacher, we have para support at every level. That helps to reduce teacher to student ratio.

"More eyes and hands really do help. This is a huge advantage for Niwot Elementary over the years thanks to the fundraising for PTAC by the community."

Runners, walkers, joggers, strollers and pets are all welcome to participate.

Early online registration is open until September 13 by visiting niwotelementaryptac.3dcartstores.com.

Runners can also register the morning of the event, the race starts at 9 a.m., and awards ceremonies begin around 10:15 a.m.

Registration is $15, and $20 the day of the event. It includes a T-shirt and refreshments after the race.

"What makes this unique is that we really focus on the youth," Johnson said. "We've got some incredible prizes to recognize our kindergarten through fifth grade runners.

"We also have great local sponsors that support us and being active. It's promoting a healthy lifestyle in the community."


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